Some times success isn’t measured by the colour of the medal you win.
It can be about the good feeling of coming a long way in a short time with plenty of hope for better days to come.
The Deer Lake U12 female hockey team is a shining example.
In only a year, the numbers for the U12 female bracket in the Deer Lake minor hockey setup have jumped from 11 to 19 players and they had a chance to show family and friends how far they have progressed at a Deer Lake U12 female invitational hockey tournament on home ice over the weekend.
The Deer Lake squad finished with an 0-3 record in the round-robin portion of the four-team tournament at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex with a couple of real close games.
Mya George and Rebecca Spracklin scored for Deer Lake in a 3-2 loss to Grand Falls-Windsor in one of two semifinal games.
Emma Bishop, Anna Hunt and Hannah Hemeon scored for the Grand Falls-Windsor minor hockey representatives.
Deer Lake lost 3-1 to Gander in round-robin play, with Mackenzie Russell providing the lone marker for the host team, while Rebecca Patey was the team’s only goalscorer in both a 2-1 loss to Grand Falls-Windsor and 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Baie Verte minor hockey representatives.
Paige Noble had a two-goal game to lead Baie Verte to a 4-2 win over Gander in the gold-medal showdown at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake.