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Seablazers sharp in Spokane

Juneau women's hockey team dominates tourney opponents

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2005

The Capital City Seablazers women's hockey team trounced its opponents earlier this month at the Spirit of America Tournament in Spokane, Wash.

The Seablazers - on the first out-of-state trip by a Juneau women's hockey team - finished undefeated in their division, with a 6-0 win over the Spokane River Rats on Jan. 21, a 6-1 victory over the Wenatchee (Wash.) Banshees on Jan. 22, and a 10-2 rout of the McCall (Idaho) Ospreys on Jan. 23.

"It was pretty phenomenal," team captain Michelle Ridgway said. "We're all aware of each others' skill levels, but the performance of the team was well above the cumulative skill level. The synergy was incredible."

On Jan. 21, Ridgway scored two goals for the Seablazers, while Molly Box, Gen Moreau-Johnson, Elena DelMoral and Amy Green - on her birthday - each scored one goal apiece. Michele Kaelke had two assists.

Ridgway, Box, Kaelke, Jana Linfield, Marsha Squires and Sarah Carter each scored a goal in the Jan. 22 game, while Box, DelMoral and Ridgway had two assists each.

On Jan. 23, Ridgway and Kaelke each scored two goals, while the Seablazers got one goal apiece from Carter, Green, Squires, Linfield, Box and Stephanie Yates. Ridgway had two assists.

While in Spokane, the Seablazers - who competed in the novice division - also scrimmaged an upper-division team from Montana and skated to a 1-1 tie.

Ridgway said there were lots of memorable moments at the tournament - like Yates' goal in the third game.

"She took a long shot that went through four people, straight to the net," Ridgway said. "Those moments raised everyone's confidence."

"The team played excellent - a lot of passing, a lot of really good set-ups" for goals, DelMoral said. "It was amazing - we were so in-sync with each other."

The Seablazers will travel to Anchorage in April for a state tournament.

• The Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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