Hockey Divas dazzle at ‘Fools on Ice’ Tourney

• Homer hockey teams pick up two second-place, one third-place finish
By Sean Pearson
Homer Tribune

The Homer women’s hockey league took three Diva teams to Anchorage for the “Fools on Ice” state hockey tournament. A total of 20 teams from around the state competed in the tourney, with Diva teams representing Homer in the novice, intermediate and advanced divisions.
League organizer Ingrid Harrald said this is the first year the Divas have entered a team in the advanced division. 
“To advance so quickly as a team — in such a short time — is a true testament to the Homer women’s hockey program and the coaching of Buck Laukitis,” Harrald said. “The level of play the Gold Diva team displayed was impressive.”
In Homer’s first against the Juneau Humpies from Hell, things started a bit slow for the Divas, with the Humpies scoring early in the first period. Diva Kayla Owen answered by skating coast to coast for a goal that tied the score. From then on Diva’s had control of the game and never let go. Anna Dickerson and Emily Hutchison each scored two goals in the game, and Andrea Stineff and Karen Weston added two more as the Divas cruised to a 7-1 win. Emily Hutchison was named Most Valuable Player.
Game two saw Homer go up against a tough Guardian Flight team from Anchorage/Juneau. The game was very physical, with multiple penalties called. Guardian scored first and held a 2-0 lead for the first two periods. Owen finally found the back of the net in the third period to cut the Guardian lead to one. With three minutes left in the game, the Divas pulled their goalie and played with six players on the ice. Dickerson used the opportunity to score and tie the game 2-2. Dickerson was named MVP.
The Divas breezed through their final regulation game against Anchorage’s QAP, winning by a score of 6-2. Hanna Young, Leslie Slater, Sue Rennolds and Jan Rumble each scored a goal in the win, while Kristen Brown and Shelly Laukitis scored two goals each. Shelly Laukitis was chosen as MVP.
The Divas moved on to their first-ever championship game at the advanced level, but faced a tough rematch against Guardian Flight. The two teams again ended regulation play with a score of 2-2. Young and Dickerson scored for the Divas, and the game went into sudden death overtime.
Homer goalie Lydia Brown was able to block all Guardian shots on goal — but so did their goalie, and the overtime ended scoreless. The tiebreaker went into shootout, where none of the Divas five skaters were able to score.
With the game still tied, the teams went to sudden death shootout, where Guardian edged the Divas by one goal for a 3-2 win. The Divas finished second in the advance division, and Brown was named MVP.
The “Silver Divas,” who moved up a division this year, knew they were going to be challenged from the very beginning. Homer fell 0-2 in their opening game against Anchorage’s Northern Powerline, and Ingrid Harrald was MVP.
Homer again had a hard time finding the back of the net in their second game against Morrison Auto from Anchorage, and fell 0-3. The Silver Divas’ final regulation game was against their long-time rivals, the Hockey Hos from Anchorage.
Kris Holderied finally scored for the Divas with a top-shelf shot, but it wasn’t enough against the Hos’ three goals, and Homer fell 1-3. Holderied was named MVP.
The Divas dropped to the consolation bracket, where they faced Northern Powerline in a rematch. This time, however, Homer was ready. With first-period goals from Ori Badajos and Vicki Lowe, the Divas took the lead early, and never looked back.
Di Carbonnel and Karyn Noyes each scored later in the game, helping goalie Michelle Hatton seal the Homer shutout at 4-0. Lowe was named MVP for the game, and the Silver Divas finished third in the intermediate division.
Homer’s novice team, “Bronze Divas,” started strong with an opening win against the Gold diggers of Anchorage. Diva Terri Larson scored first for Homer, followed by Kappa Reutov with two more goals. The Diggers were only able to slip one shot by Diva goalie Jen Jiron, and Homer picked up the 3-1 victory. Loretta Brown and Reutov were chosen as MVPs.
The Bronze Divas moved on to face the Anchorage Champion Chicks, where the competition was a bit more challenging.
The Champs took an early lead, and the Divas didn’t get on the board until Reutov found the net in the second period. Amber Jones provided the highlight of the game with a top-shelf shot that gave the Divas the 2-1 win. Jones was named MVP.
In their final game of regulation play, the Bronze Divas fell 1-3 against a difficult YWCA team from Anchorage. Homer was unable to match the YWCA’s speed, and fell 1-3. The Divas only goal came from Reutov, and Angelina Skowronski was named MVP.
The Divas faced YWCA again in the championship bracket, and nerves were high as Homer’s goalie was unable to make the game. Diva Jessie Cashman stepped in to sub at the last minute, and stopped dozens of YWCA shots on goal. The Divas struggled with scoring, however, and fell 0-3. Cashman was named the game MVP, and the Bronze Divas finished second in the novice division.
  Homer’s novice team, “Bronze Divas,” started strong with an opening win against the Gold diggers of Anchorage. Diva Terri Larson scored first for Homer, followed by Kappa Reutov with two more goals. The Diggers were only able to slip one shot by Diva goalie Jen Jiron, and Homer picked up the 3-1 victory. Loretta Brown and Reutov were chosen as MVPs.
The Bronze Divas moved on to face the Anchorage Champion Chicks, where the competition was a bit more challenging.
The Champs took an early lead, and the Divas didn’t get on the board until Reutov found the net in the second period. Amber Jones provided the highlight of the game with a top-shelf shot that gave the Divas the 2-1 win. Jones was named MVP.
In their final game of regulation play, the Bronze Divas fell 1-3 against a difficult YWCA team from Anchorage. Homer was unable to match the YWCA’s speed, and fell 1-3. The Divas only goal came from Reutov, and Angelina Skowronski was named MVP.
The Divas faced YWCA again in the championship bracket, and nerves were high as Homer’s goalie was unable to make the game. Diva Jessie Cashman stepped in to sub at the last minute, and stopped dozens of YWCA shots on goal. The Divas struggled with scoring, however, and fell 0-3. Cashman was named the game MVP, and the Bronze Divas finished second in the novice division.

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