When they beat the Richmond Ravens 6-1 Friday afternoon at the provincial hockey championship in Coquitlam, the Prince George bantam female Cougars did all that was within their power to advance to today's gold-medal game.
The rest was out of their hands.
Their win Friday temporarily moved the Cougars into second place in the six-team tournament with a 2-1-2 record. To clinch second and move on to the championship game the Cougars needed help from undefeated Tri-Cities in the final round-robin game Friday night.
Tri-Cities (3-0-1) sat first in the standings and needed at least a point in the final game against fourth-place Surrey (2-1-1) to clinch a berth in today's 1:30 p.m. final. They got their point, but it wasn't enough to salvage the Cougars' season.
That game ended in a 4-4 tie, which bumped Surrey into second place and dropped Prince George into third. They finished as the bronze medalists.
In the Richmond-Prince George game, Brooke Norkus and Avery Bautista each had two goals to lead the Cougar cause.
Cricket Colebank and Nancy Moore also scored. Karsyn Niven backstopped the victory in net.
Meanwhile, at the peewee female provincial championship in Trail, the Prince George Cougars dropped to 0-2 on Day 2 of the six-team tournament Friday, losing 6-2 to North Shore.
Prince George opened with an 11-0 loss to Surrey on Thursday.
The Cougars are back on the ice today at
8 a.m. to face Kelowna, then have a 3:45 p.m. game against South Island.