The Arizona Lady Coyotes 14U team brought home the banner from the 2017 Silverstick International Tournament Rocky Mountain Regional in Westminster, Colorado.
In the opener the Lady Coyotes defeated the Rocky Mountain Lady Roughriders A team 4-1. Cleveland transfer Mackenzie Toporowych opened the scoring with her first ever Lady Coyotes goal. On a 5-on-3 power play, Lauren Squires passed to Mackenzie at the point and she fired a wrist shot that cleared the screen in front to beat the goalie to the far side. Kyra Mittendorf made it 2-0 with a wicked wrister from the right side, then made it 3-0 by getting her own rebound off the glass from a similar shot that went wide and beat the goalie low on the far side. The Roughriders finally got one past goalie Edith Townsend, who then made a stellar breakaway save to keep the margin at 3-1, but shortly thereafter Niamh Schroeder went top shelf from the high slot on a pass from behind the net from Kyra to put the game out of reach. Game MVP hat went to Kyra.
In game 2 the Lady Coyotes beat Team Wyoming AA 7-1. Kyra opened the scoring by pulling the puck from behind the net with a backhand-forehand move off a rebound from Delaney McGrath and jammed it in between the Wyoming goalie’s skate and the left post. Kyra then made it 2-0 with a wrister from the right side that rang the inside of the near post and found the far side of the net. Isabella Contreras, returning from a foot injury sustained in a freak locker room accident in Flagstaff last summer, scored to make it 3-0. With just over nine minutes left in the second period Kyra went hatty and the LC led 4-0. Lauren made it 5-0 when she skated end-to-end through traffic, came in from the left, cut to the right to get the goalie down, then buried it in the upper right corner. Kyra then added her fourth goal of the game to make it 6-0. After Wyoming got on the scoreboard with a third period goal, Willow “Tucson” Troy closed out the scoring by winning a puck battle at the mid-ice stripe and raced in alone to beat the goalie 5-hole. LC goalie Elizabeth Ramsey made several breakaway stops along the way, narrowly missing a shutout and earning the game MVP hat.
In game 3 the Lady Coyotes fell to the AA Lady Roughriders 9-1. Despite the loss to the older and more experienced team the Lady Coyotes never gave up, as evidenced by Melanie VanMeer’s DIRTY hard fought third period goal in a scrum in front of the net long after the outcome had been decided. Niamh Schroeder received the game MVP hat for her efforts.
The Lady Coyotes 2-1 record in the combined A-AA pool play earned them a spot in the A final, which was a rematch of the opener with the Lady Roughrider A team. Once again the Lady Coyotes prevailed, bringing the banner and trophy back to Arizona with a 2-1 win. Despite dominating the opening period, the LC trailed 1-0 at the first intermission after an unlucky bounce found it’s way past Elizabeth and into the net, and after a goal by Kyra was waived off by a delayed penalty. In the second period Kyra put the puck in the net again on a backhand that went 5-hole off a pass from behind the net from Niamh, and this time it counted to tie the score at one. Halfway through the third period Willow wrapped around the net and fired one far side past the goalie that proved to be the banner winning goal, but not without some tense moments. With three minutes left the LC received a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty, and when that expired the Roughriders pulled their goalie to maintain the man advantage for the final minute. However, the LC would not be denied and between the stellar play of Elizabeth and the penalty killers the Roughriders could not get the equalizer and the 14U Lady Coyotes added their second ever program banner to the one they won last season at the MLK tournament in San Jose. Kyra got to wear the MVP hat for the championship game, and also won tournament MVP honors. Edith received the Most Inspirational Player award for her play during the tournament.