A group of Treaty #3 First Nations’ girls came together to form a PeeWee Warriors hockey team that recently competed at the Little Native Hockey League held March 11-14 in Mississauga.
Nine of the girls were from Treaty #3 territory (Couchiching, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, Big Grassy, Dalles, Rainy River First Nations, and Northwest Angle 33) while one was added to the roster from Alderville First Nation and another from Beausoleil First Nation.
Two of the other players were Atom girls in Davilyn Miller and Emma Wilson.
The Warriors squared off against the Batchewana Attack in their first game, which they lost 3-1.
Piper Miller scored the lone goal while Tatyana Sandy-Kasprick earned MVP honours.
But the squad rebounded in a big way in their next game with a 4-0 shutout of the Moose Cree Thunder Chiefs.
Piper Miller scored twice in that one while Logan McPherson and Wilson also bulged the twine.
Sandy-Kasprick earned the shutout in goal while McPherson was named MVP.
Then in their third game, the Warriors were blanked 5-0 by Rama First Nation.
The squad ran into penalty trouble in the first period but then took just five more the rest of the way.
MVP honours went to Piper Miller.
Their fourth game was an intense match-up against the Nipissing Lady Warriors that was scoreless at the end of regulation.
After overtime solved nothing, the Lady Warriors prevailed in a shootout.
Elena Copenace was named MVP for the Warriors.
The squad then battled Curve Lake First Nation in the ‘C’ semi-finals, where they fell by a 5-2 score.
Penalties plagued the Warriors yet again but Piper Miller scored both goals in a 3-on-5 situation.
MVP honours went to Myla Perreault.
The Warriors then faced the Lady Warriors again in the ‘D’ final that ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat.
Piper Miller netted the lone goal while Wilson was named MVP.
A total of 227 teams competed at the LNHL, 39 of which were girls’ squads.