The Northern Subway Selects put their Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League league-leading undefeated streak on the line on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre against Metro Boston Pizza.
The Selects lost their first regular-season game, coming out on the short end of a 5-3 score.
Despite two losses at the recent DQ tournament in Moncton, where they took the silver medal, the Selects had yet to lose a regular season game in league play.
Metro scored two power-play goals and added an empty-net goal en route to the win.
The Selects had scored early to tie the game at one goal apiece midway through the first and then got the go-ahead goal with just 25 seconds left in the period. The Selects then got into penalty trouble and were down 3-2 going into the final frame.
The Selects capitalized on a power play of their own just 40 seconds into the third period to knot it up at three but fell behind again due to penalties.
Kara MacLean, Maddie Quinn and Sophia Wornell scored for the Selects while Jenna Landry took her first loss between the pipes.
The Selects outshot Boston Pizza 32-24 but took six of nine penalties assessed in the game.
“We weren’t outplayed but we certainly took more than our share of penalties,” Selects coach Troy Reid said. “We simply couldn’t get any flow going. The minute we had momentum, we were back in the box and allowed the opposition to capitalize. There’s a couple of things we need to correct and frankly this is the time get it done.”
The Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23.
Each team has four league games remaining before the playoffs begin. The Selects have all but assured themselves of a first-round playoff match up against the East Hants Penguins who are currently sixth in the seven-team league.
The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Wellness Centre at 12:30 p.m. in their final home game of the regular season.