Seablazers head to tourney in Spokane

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Capital City Seablazers continue to blaze new trails for women's hockey in Juneau.

The team is heading to Spokane, Wash., this weekend to participate in the Spirit of America Women's Hockey Tournament, making the Seablazers the first Juneau women's hockey team to travel to a tournament outside of Alaska.

Last April, the Seablazers played in an Anchorage tournament as the first Juneau women's team to participate in a road game.

This weekend's Spirit of America tourney features 14 teams from across the Pacific Northwest, playing in three tiers. The Seablazers will play the Spokane River Rats on Friday; the Wenatchee (Wash.) Banshees on Saturday; and the McCall (Idaho) Ospreys on Sunday.

Seablazers player Elena DelMoral said the team was determined to add another tournament to their schedule this season after last April's games in Anchorage.

"We're looking forward to meeting all these great hockey teams," DelMoral said. "We have no idea what we're up against. We're just going to try our hardest."

The team will have to adjust to longer games. The Spokane contests will feature three 25-minute periods, while in Juneau the Seablazers usually play games of three 16-minute periods.

Michelle Ridgway is the Seablazers' captain, and Jody Pessolano is the team's goaltender.

Other players heading to Spokane are DelMoral, Stephanie Yates, Amy Green, Kay Preston, Valerie Bue, Marsha Squires, Gen Moreau-Johnson, Daria West, Jana Linfield, Sarah Carter, Michele Kaelke, Molly Box, Allison Smith and Carrie McMullen. Steve Foster will coach the team.

Seablazers players not making the Spokane trip are Samantha Davis, Linda Woods, Janelle White, Alice Porter-Foley and Brandee Gerke.

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