It was an unfortunate end to a good game.
With two ladies hockey teams playing Nov. 24 in the Fort Forum Arena, there were even a few fans in the stands to watch the action.
Vanderhoof came out of the gates strong, scoring one early in the first period.
Fort St. James came back to tie it up with a goal by Nadine Gingrich, and Vanderhoof pulled ahead once more with their second goal by number 10 Veronic Priest.
Then Fort St. James’ defensive player Mary Willick tied it back up, assisted by Trudi Saharchuk.
The game was back and forth off and on, and as Fort St. James gained traction in the third they were spending more time in the Vanderhoof end but couldn’t get the puck in the net.
Vanderhoof did, however, and Christa Braun knocked a third into the net for her team.
Then, with only one minute to go, Vanderhoof player Sarah Fitzpatrick fell back on the ice during some action in front of the Vanderhoof net, effectively ending the game.
Fitzpatrick was taken off the ice by ambulance as a precaution, to ensure there was no serious neck injury as a result of the fall and the game was called.
Her injury was later confirmed to be a case of whiplash.
There were only two penalties during the game, one for too many players on the ice against Fort St. James which allowed Vanderhoof to get a power play, during which they scored their second goal, and one against Vanderhoof for tripping.