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  • Diamonds Ba Win Gold, C Takes Silver at 2013 Goal Digger!
  • Diamonds B Takes Top Spot at 2013 Ice Breaker!

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Diamonds Bb team takes 2nd in Goal Digger 2015

December 13, 2015


Black Diamonds C Team takes 4th place in Goal Digger 2015

December 13, 2015


Black Diamonds at 2014 Ice Breaker

April 13, 2014

2014 Ice Breaker B Division Champions

B Team: Top (L-R): Mike Hintze, Shelby Low, Debbie Modrovsky, Kate Hendrickson, Janell Kurchinski (subbing for Dawn Zandberg), Rachel Heide, Jen Deans, Tony Tyler.  Bottom (L-R): Meghan Mathews Bailey, Angela Kauppila, Dina DeMarco, Dawn Tyler, Shannon Asmus

The Black Diamonds B team took top honors at the 2014 Ogden Ice Breaker tournament last weekend, beating all comers in the round-robin games, and sealing the deal with a shoot-out win over the Lady Grizzlies in the Championship. The C team played well, finishing the tournament with 2 ties (both games against the eventual championship contenders, Park City Predators [1-1] and the Idaho Hurl Scouts [0-0]) and one loss (2-0) to the Wasatch Wings, who played in the consolation game.

C Team: Top (L-R): Sara Morger, Dawn Zandberg (sub), Mike Hintze, Lori Havel, Mel Williams, Janell Kurchinski, Lori Powell, Rachel Heide (sub), Angela Kauppila (sub), Tony Tyler. Bottom (L-R): Natalie Silverton, Lisa Ruskin, Rachel Donner, Ned Droitsch, Carli Rackham. Goalie: Jo-Anne Lee

 


Black Diamonds Take 1st and 2nd at 2013 Goal Digger Tournament

December 15, 2013

The Black Diamonds sent two teams again to this year's Goal Digger Tournament in Park City, UT December 13-15, and came away with the top spot in the Advanced B Division, and Second Place in the C Division.

The C team started the tournament on Friday night with a 3-1 win over the host team, the Ice Vixen in Park City.

Saturday's games were all in Park City.  The C team had to play three games on Saturday as there were only three teams in their division.  Each team would play the other twice during the round robin to determine the championship matchup.  The early morning game was against the Blackstars from California, and although hard-fought, ended in a 3-1 loss.  The afternoon game was a rematch of Friday night, and the Diamonds once again came out on top, beating the Vixen 4-2, with the final score on an empty netter by JoAnna Baugh on a selfless pass from Dawn Zandberg after the break-out.  It was quintessential Diamonds hockey!  The Saturday night game was a rematch of the morning game against the Blackstars, and served as prep for the championship, ending in a 1-1 tie.  In the championship on Sunday, the Diamonds and Blackstars met again, with the Blackstars besting the Diamonds by the narrowest of margins, winning the game 1-0.

 C Team members and coaches: Top (L-R): Mike Hintze, Rachel Donner, Sami Sharp, Mel Williams, Rachel Heide, Jacs Jarvis Vars, Suzanne Wendelken, Janell Kurchinski, Nat Silverton; Bottom (L-R): Ned Droitsch, JoAnna Baugh, Dayna Geiger, Ina Amber, Carli Rackham (not pictured: Dawn Zandberg). Goalie: Jodi Plocher

The Ba team started the weekend with a battle in Salt Lake City against local rivals Utah Blades, and after exchanging goals throughout the game, lost in the last minute of regulation by 3-2.  It was a wake-up call for all the team that they would need to put their best team effort forward to compete in the strong 6-team Advanced B Division field.

Saturday's games were in Park City, and started out with a matchup against the Blackstars' upper division team.  The Diamonds played with more confidence and teamwork, and came away with a 3-1 win.  Knowing that not just a victory but an improved goal differential would mean the difference between playing in the championship and the consolation game the next day, the Ba team poured it on in their next contest against a depleted Jackson team (their top player broke her tibia in their morning game), winning 8-3 and besting Phoenix by one goal to qualify for a championship rematch against the Utah Blades.

The championship game was a nail-biter from start to finish.  The Blades scored first in the 1st period, and held that lead until mid-way through the 3rd period, when the Diamonds scored two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead.  Undeterred, the Blades fought back hard and scored the tying goal with less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation.  The game went into a 5-minute overtime, but neither team was able to capitalize on any scoring chances, even when the Diamonds went on a 5-3 powerplay advantage.  The game would finally be decided on a shoot-out, but once again, after going through five shooters on both teams (2-2), the game was still tied.  It took the final pair of shooters to decide the outcome; the Blades failed to score on their next attempt, and Shawn Winder put in the final and deciding goal to end the contest and give the Diamonds the tournament championship title.

Goal Digger 2013 Ba Champions

 Ba Team members: Top (L-R): Mike Hintze, Shawn Winder, Shannon Asmus, Debbie Modrovsky, Rachel Heide, Shelby Low, Kate Hendrickson, Janell Kurchinski, Jen Deans, Tony Tyler; Bottom (L-R): Meghan Mathews Bailey, Sami Sharp, Dawn Tyler, Lori Powell (not pictured: Dawn Zandberg). Goalie: Jo-Anne Lee


 


Diamonds Co-Ed Team Takes 2nd at Olympic Oval Tournament

September 22, 2013
Congratulations to the team for an awesome tournament.  Participating in the tournament were: Ina Amber, Shannon Asmus, Tracy Asmus, JoAnna Baugh, Rachel Donner, Ned Droitsch, Kate Hendrickson, Peter Hendrickson, Mike Hintze, Jo-Anne Lee, Shelby Low, Debbie Modrovsky, Carli Rackham, Sami Sharp, Gregg Stephany, Camden Vars, Jacs Jarvis Vars, Shawn Winder, and Dawn Zandberg.
 
The team had a bit of a shaky start, losing the first game 9-1 to a very strong Stingers team, and the tournament director thought we might need to beef up the team to stay competitive, but boy, did we prove them wrong!
 
The second game went much better, as we started jelling as a team, and rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Thunder Ducks, including 2 goals scored in the last minute of play, one an empty-netter, and the last within seconds of the final buzzer.
 
The team needed a win on Thursday night against the D-Dawgs to make it to the playoffs, which they did with strong backstopping from Cam (Jacs husband) in net and Kate's brother, Peter assisting on D.  That win put the team in 3rd place in the overall standings, and a rematch against the Stingers.
 
Needless to say, things went much better in the rematch, and with Cam again in net, the Diamonds beat the Stingers 3-1, qualifying for the Championship game against the 1st place team, the Shark Bait.  Although the team lost 5-3 in the championship, the Shark Bait commented that we were the best team they played all week.
 
(The team after Saturday's games: Back row (L-R): Gregg Stephany, Tracy Asmus, Shannon Asmus, Mike Hintze, JoAnna Baugh; Front row (L-R): Ina Amber, Dawn Zandberg, Shelby Low, Kate Hendrickson, Carli Rackham. Not pictured: Rachel Donner, Ned Droitsch, Peter Hendrickson, Debbie Modrovsky, Jo-Anne Lee (G), Sami Sharp, Jacs Jarvis Vars (G), Camden Vars (G), and Shawn Winder)
 
Out of eight teams, the Diamonds were the only team that was almost exclusively a women's team (most teams had no women, or at most one or two), so kudos to the women, and thanks to the coaches (Mike and Gregg) and husbands (Tracy and Cam) and brother (Peter) for joining us on the ice.



2013 End of Season Banquet and Player Awards

May 10, 2013

2013 End of Season Banquet

The Black Diamonds celebrated another great season of hockey with our annual End of Season Banquet on May 9, 2013, hosted by Lori Havel at the River Oaks Golf Course clubhouse.  Along with a great meal and a chance to hang out with the team, players enjoyed slideshow presentations by Shelby Low and Joanna Baugh of images from the season's competitions.  Awards were also presented at the banquet to the following players:

Season High Scorer Award: Kate Hendrickson (37 pts, 22 G, 15 A)

Season Sin Bin Award: Sami Sharp (24 PIM) :)

Most Improved Player Award: Dawn Zandberg

Team Spirit Award: Ned Droitsch

Defensive Player of the Year: Anna Dean

Offensive Player of the Year: Rachel Heide

Congratulations to all the award winners and to the Black Diamonds for another fun and fabulous season of hockey!



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