A 15-year old girl from Golden picked up a win between the pipes in her Junior B debut over the weekend.
Izzy Palumbo never imagined her first game in a boys junior league would go as well as it did.
Palumbo made 41 saves in the Rockets’ 7-4 win over Columbia Valley Saturday.
The win was Golden’s third in 38 games this season, one of which was handed to them when Castlegar played an uncarded player in September.
The five-foot-three goalie says she was focused on remaining calm and comfortable.
“I wasn’t entirely sure how it would go but I came out as ready as I could be.” says Palumbo. “I’m a pretty small person because of course I’m 15 and just a girl [and] also I’m pretty short but I came out big and looked big and it worked out well for me.”
Palumbo says it was surreal to make her debut in front of a hometown crowd with all her friends and famiy.
“I don’t think I could’ve ever imagined it would be like that, especially pulling out the win, they’ve only had one win and another default win on the season.” says Palumbo. “It was better than I could’ve imagined, for sure.”
The 15-year old affiliate player is only eligible to play five games with the Rockets this season because of her young age.
Multiple girls have played at the junior level across Canada but it’s believed Palumbo is the first female to play a full 60 minutes and win in KIJHL history.
– Izzy Palumbo, Golden Rockets affiliate goaltender