Vance, Hobson and Lindsay presented with league awards

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Tylor Lindsay, left, Jessica Vance, centre, and Brooke Hobson proudly display their league awards following a ceremony held in Regina on Saturday. Lindsay was named to the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League second all-star team while Vance and Hobson earned first-team berths. Vance was also selected as the league's top goaltender.

The Prince Albert A&W Bears saw their Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League season come to an end earlier this week, but on Saturday three of the players were acknowledged for their performances when they were presented league awards following the opening game of the league championship series in Regina.

Goaltender Jessica Vance picked up a pair of honours as the 16-year-old was named the top goalie and also shared the netminding position on the first all-star team with Jane Kish of the Weyburn Gold Wings.

Vance set a league mark this year for most minutes played in a career while also equalling the standards for appearances and shutouts in a career. With one more year of midget eligibility Vance will lay claim to those two records outright and should also eclipse Kish's mark of 39 wins as the Prince Albert veteran is just four back in that category.

Also named to the first all-star team from the Bears was 14-year-old defenceman Brooke Hobson. In just her second season in the league Hobson finished second in team scoring and, along with Vance, represented Saskatchewan at the national under-18 women's hockey championships in Calgary in November. Hobson also participated in the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Prince Albert in February.

The final Prince Albert player to be feted for her performance was Tylor Lindsay, the 16-year-old sophomore forward who led the Bears in scoring during both the regular season and the playoffs. Lindsay was selected to the second all-star team.

All three players are eligibile to return to the Bears next year and with Prince Albert set to lose just three players from their roster due to graduation, the future is certainly looking bright.

The Weyburn Gold Wings, who eliminated Prince Albert in a thrilling semifinal series on Wednesday, grabbed the early lead in the league final with a 2-1 decision over the defending champion Regina Rebels on Saturday.


Organizations: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Calgary

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