McKnight, Quance and Vickers, part of Devilettes' OWHA provincial Intermediate
championship team going 6-0 at the tournament
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
Emma McKnight, Victoria Quance and Hannah Vickers are concluding their minor hockey days as provincial champions.
The three forwards, all from Dorchester and Grade 12 students at Lord Dorchester Secondary School, helped the London Devilettes win the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) Intermediate AA championship, blanking Kingston, 3-0, in the gold medal final.
McKnight secured the victory, scoring into an empty net in the final minute of the third period.
Hannah Tait and Julia Gosling gave London, a 2-0 lead.
"I don't have words to explain it. This is my last year playing with London and I had never made it to a provincial final. The feeling is indescribable," said Vickers, who had a goal and three assists, over six games in the 16-team tournament. "I still can't believe it happened. This is an unforgettable experience for my last year of minor hockey."
Vickers, also a noted soccer player, will be attending Western University in September and be on the pitch with the Lady Mustangs.
Quance and McKnight will be playing hockey for Nipissing University, in North Bay and Queen's University, in Kingston, respectively.
London opened the provincial tournament, with a 3-0 pool record, before edging Kitchener, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. Julia Gosling with two goals and Maggie McKee scored.
In the semifinals, London beat Stoney Creek for this first time this season, with a 2-1 victory. Gosling and McKee, both potted power play goals.
After upending Stoney Creek, the Devilettes faced the Provincial Women's Hockey League's (PWHL) first place team, for the provincial crown. In two league meetings earlier this season, Kingston won in overtime and thumped London, 8-2.
"We've come a long way since the start of the season, so we definitely knew it was possible," Vickers said. "Our big motto at the tournament was family. That showed on the ice as well. That helped us push along. It starts off the ice. We have a strong bond between all of us."
Due to injuries, London played the tournament with only two lines.
For Vickers, the gold improves on a pair of bronze medals from previous seasons.
Quance, who wears number seven for the Devilettes, picks up her seventh provincial medal, book-ending her career with gold medals. Ten years earlier, Quance was a provincial champion with the Devilettes' Novice A team. In between, Quance also earned a gold, two silvers and two bronze medals.