The Hazelton Bandits’ Olivia Wolfenden out manoeuvres Terrace’s defence to pick up her fourth goal of the game on Sunday in front of the hometown crowd

The Hazelton Bandits’ Olivia Wolfenden out manoeuvres Terrace’s defence to pick up her fourth goal of the game on Sunday in front of the hometown crowd

Bandits emerge victorious against Terrace

The Hazelton Bandits took on Terrace last Sunday with the home ice advantage and dug hard to come up with a 6-5 victory.

The Hazelton Bandits took on Terrace last Sunday with the home ice advantage and dug hard to come up with a 6-5 victory.

This was the first time the Hazelton team had taken on their western neighbours this year and both teams went end to end in a well fought battle.

Hazelton’s Julie Maitland started things off half way into the opening period when she hammered one in to the twine off a feed from Natasha Tait. Terrace answered back five minutes later to finish the first tied 1-1.

Seven minutes into the second, the Bandits Olivia Wolfenden fired one into the top shelf off a set up from Robyn Morrison. However, Terrace tied it up again less than a minute later. With just over five minutes left in the middle period, Wolfenden picked up her second of the afternoon when she drilled one in unassisted. Three minutes later she picked up the hat trick off a pass from Morrison to end the second up 4-2.

Yet, Terrace wasn’t giving up and came out hard in the third picking up a point less than a minute in. Two minutes later Terrace tied it up at four before Hazelton answered back 30 seconds later when Shelly Johnson found the five hole off a play from Tait. Three minutes later Wolfenden wheeled in once again to fire in the last point of the game for the Bandits unassisted making it 6-4.

With five minutes left in the game Terrace was battling back and picked up another goal to come within one but the Bandits held their end and didn’t give up any more points to finish with the 6-5 win.

Head coach Ken Morrison said he is quite pleased with the way the Bandits work hard together and play as a team.

“It was a really good game with a good effort from everyone,” he said.

The Bandits are now 4-1 this season and will host another game this coming Sunday before taking a few weeks off for the holidays and getting ready for the next tournament on January 13-15 in Houston.