Chilliwack goalie backstops BC to bronze

Chilliwack's Kate Stuart won two games, including a 5-3 victory over Ontario Blue in the third-place game.

Chilliwack’s Kate Stuart played three games at the 2016 National Women’s U-18 Hockey Championship, helping Team BC to a third place finish.After sitting out the first two games of the tournament, Stuart got the start in a Friday morning game against Alberta.Alberta fired 42 shots her way and Stuart stopped all but one in a 3-1 win.That got her team into the semi-finals where BC melted down against Ontario Red.Stuart was the backup to Kamloops native Kendra Woodland, who coughed up two goals in the first period and five more in the second before getting the hook.Stuart was beaten twice as Ontario Red won 9-1 and she was back between the pipes for Sunday’s bronze medal match.BC faced Ontario Blue and skated to a 5-3 win, with Stuart turning aside 15 shots.The tournament was played in Regina and winning the bronze medal equals BC’s best ever finish at the National Women’s U-18 Championship. BC won bronze at the 2005 edition of the tournament in Salmon Arm.See bchockey.net for more.