Bruins girls got grit

The Burns Lake Bruins girls hockey team played Houston and Vanderhoof in a weekend tournament in Burns Lake.

Kaja Kesterke defends a loose puck from a wishful-thinking Vanderhoof player during a spirited game in Burns Lake on Jan. 20

Kaja Kesterke defends a loose puck from a wishful-thinking Vanderhoof player during a spirited game in Burns Lake on Jan. 20



The Burns Lake Bruins girls hockey team played Houston and Vanderhoof in a weekend tournament in Burns Lake.  On Saturday, they fell six to four against Houston and then on Sunday went one to five against Vanderhoof.

Kaja Kesterke scored three against Houston on Saturday, and assisted Ashley Cassidy for a fourth goal.  Against Vanderhoof  Cassidy scored one and Kesterke got the assist.

Bruins goalie, Lauren Solecki, has only dressed for two games.  She is replacing Ryley Eakin, who sprained her ankle badly in a bad fall blocking a shot, and may be in for surgery.

While Solecki gets comfortable in net, she can rely on the strong play of Taylor Bysouth and Kesterke to help her out.

On Sunday, Kesterke punished Vanderhoof players as they tried to crowd the net.  It was a fast and hard-played game, with a few crosschecks and hits thrown around that kept the pace up.

Some fans on the Vanderhoof bench wondered aloud as refs didn’t seem to notice that the Bruins had stepped it up a notch.

“We encourage aggressive play,” said Monique Beach, Bruins assistant coach.  “With that comes the odd penalty.  As for the refs not noticing, I can’t comment.”