Hard work pays
for Fury skaters
Women capture Ogden
been practicing hard for the last month and working on strategic play—focusing
on their final tournament of the season, which was last weekend at Ogden,
one thing you can’t practice for, and that’s having the courage and
persistence to come from behind and rally from adversity.
weekend, the Fury Women’s Hockey Club passed the comeback test. Unable
to rally when needed all season, the Fury corrected that tendency and won
the fourth annual Icebreaker tournament.
outscored its opponents 14-6 with balanced scoring. Six different players
tallied two goals apiece—Nancy Parsons Brown, Wendy Bevins, Jen
Copeland, Lolly Greeninger and Jen Seiller.
They did it
in the clutch.
1-0 to Jackson Hole (Wyo.) in the semi-final and 1-0 to the Missoula (Mt.)
Frost in Sunday’s championship game, the Fury rallied on both occasions
for thrilling 2-1 victories.
In fact, in
all but one of their five winning tournament games the Fury came from
behind to win. "I’d have to say it was one of our biggest
accomplishments as a team," said Fury skater Copeland.
"We had very solid breakouts from our defensive zone, we dominated in
the neutral zone and then we were able to capitalize in the offensive
was great to see the team come together for our last tournament."
tournament started well as the Fury avenged a tough home loss to the Boise
Bombshells and won 3-1 with a 14-5 shooting edge. Parsons Brown, Bevins
and Game MVP Copeland scored Fury goals.
got the Fury on the board first against the Salt Lake Black Diamonds, then
the Fury rallied with two goals in the final 74 seconds of the third to
win 3-2. MVP Seiller tallied the equalizer on feeds from Perkins and
Copeland, then Perkins put home the winner, unassisted, at 27 seconds.
triumph was relatively easy, 4-1 over the Salt Lake Shadows. Parsons
Brown, Bevins, Dotty Hand and Copeland did the damage. MVP was Fury goalie
scoreless into the third during the evenly-played semi-final against
Jackson’s Moose, but the Fury got rapid-fire goals by Jenny Gatehouse
and MVP Perkins, on a sweet pass from Bevins, for a 2-1 win.
defense propelled the Fury to the 2-1 title game win over Missoula. A
second-period goal by Seiller tied it 1-1, then MVP Greeninger buried the
game winner early in the third.
players were Mia Edsall, Merri Whitehead, Kris Josey and Elizabeth Youmans.
The team’s coach was Chris Edwards.