5...4...3….2….1! Then screams of joy, not from the LA Lions 14u team, but from younger LA Lions watching their older club mates win their first Memorial Day championship during the Jr. Golden Knights Memorial Day tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Over Memorial Day weekend the LA Lions sent three teams to the Jr. Golden Knights Inaugural Memorial Day tournament held at City National Arena, the Golden Knights practice facility, where the 14u LA Lions team were victorious in the Girls Division going undefeated at 5-0 bringing home the tournament banner. The team, coached by Daryl Evans, started the tournament against a very strong El Paso Rhinos team. The Lions opened up the scoring during the 1st period with a rush up the ice and a great pass from Rebecca McAvoy feeding Olivia Castelloe for the opening goal of the tournament. The game ended up tied after 3 periods and went to a shootout where Amanda Campbell stopped 2 attempts to win the game 3-2.
The team continued their strong play as the tournament went on defeating the Lady Jr. Golden Knights and then another 3-2 shootout win against the El Paso Rhinos team culminating in a fun Sunday night game against the Lady Jr. Golden Knights where the entire 10u Lions team came out to watch them play. The arena was pumped with music, spectators and our 10u girls dancing in the stands, chanting GO LIONS GO as the 14u Lions defeated the Lady Golden Knights earning Campbell her first shutout of the tournament. With the win the girls earned the top seed going into the championship game on Monday.
At the end of the game the 10u girls ran over to the bench to meet their older club mates. This was the theme of the weekend as all three teams came together for a fun weekend celebrating girls hockey, but most of all fun, friends, family and sisterhood.
12:20pm on Monday and the girls arrive at the rink. Led by Karisma Brown they filed out to do warm-ups then back into the locker room. The locker room was quiet and focused until Judy Meyers stood up to say some motivational words which sparked the rest of the room to follow suit. The game started against the same El Paso Rhinos that they narrowly beat in two shootouts. Early in the first period the Lions opened up the scoring with a goal from Alexis Nash. Strong defense by Judy Meyers, Madsion Millings, Kiana Sievers and Julie Segnit held the Rhinos without a goal. Three more goals were scored by Dhalia Portnow, Karisma Brown and Jesse Castelloe to finish the game and get Amanda Campbell her second shutout while sealing the championship for the girls.
Daryl Evans coaching