Selects N.S. hockey champs


The Northern Subway Selects have earned a spot at the Atlantic Midget AAA Female Hockey Championship.

Katelyn Pentz scored the only goal the Selects needed to defeat Metro Boston Pizza 1-0 on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The win lifted the Selects to the 2016-17 Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League championship and allowed them to advance to the Atlantic championship being hosted by the ProCresting Penguins next month in Lantz.

The Selects captured the best-of-five series in four games despite dropping the third game 2-1 on Friday in Pictou. Pentz tied the game in the third period before Metro notched the winning goal.

Selects head coach Troy Reid praised the play of Pentz, who was sidelined with a lengthy injury in mid-season.

“She got the only goal for us on Friday and the only goal in the game (Saturday),” he said. “She’s a huge presence on the ice, wins every battle for the puck.”

Reid also lauded the team for winning the first two games of the series on the road by scores of 3-2 and 4-1.

“We committed ourselves to win on the road and win here,” he said. “We tried to win one of the first two games, so two wins was a bonus.”

Jenna Reid, Maddie Quinn, Mariah Linehan and Patti-Anne Tracey scored for the Selects in the second game of the series to complete the road sweep on March 12 in Lower Sackville.

Jensen Arsenault, Linehan and Heath Miller scored for the Selects as they edged Metro 3-2 in the series opener.

The Selects faced Metro after ousting the Penguins with a 4-1 victory in the deciding game on March 5 at the Wellness Centre.

The Penguins tied the series by winning 3-2 on March 3 and 5-1 on March 4.

The Selects opened the series with two home-ice wins by scores of 2-1 and 9-2.

Jubilant members of the Northern Subway Selects skate with the banner they won on Saturday. From left are Heath Miller, Eva Wornell, Patti-Anne Tracey, Jenna Reid and Ashley Livingston. The Selects defeated Metro Boston Pizza 1-0 to win the Mainland league championship and advance to the Atlantic championship being hosted by the ProCresting Penguins next month in Lantz. (Goodwin photo)

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