A critical component of the Saskatoon Wheat Queens success has been the play of Lampman's Robin Ulrich.
The Wheat Queens defeated the Beechey/Bienfait Miss Fits in a best-of-three provincial Senior A women's hockey final. Saskatoon won Game 1 5-3 on March 8 in Lampman, and Game 2 6-2 on March 9 in Estevan. Even though the Wheat Queens had wrapped up the series, the two teams played again March 10 in Estevan, and the Wheat Queens came up with a 5-2 win.
The Miss Fits featured several players who either live in the southeast, or who used to live in the region.
Ulrich, a former captain of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women's hockey team, said there is a lot of camaraderie between the two teams.
"For the most part, everybody out her has either played together or played against each other growing up," said Ulrich. "The two teams were almost made up of people who could commit to playing in the westerns tournament this year, and everybody else who still wanted to play."
Both teams featured players who had skated with the Huskies, the University of Regina Cougars, or in U.S. collegiate hockey.
This is the second straight year the Wheat Queens have won provincials. Two years ago, she won provincials with another Saskatoon team.
Ulrich said it was a lot of fun to play Game 1 in Lampman.
"I always love being able to play in front of the hometown crowd, and giving them a little bit of a taste of how high of a level this hockey is at," said Ulrich.
Ulrich is currently in her first year of education studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and she is an assistant coach with the Huskies.