THORBURN – The North Nova Gryphons have won the NSSAF Northumberland Regional Division I female hockey championship.
The Gryphons captured the 2017-18 banner on Wednesday afternoon at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Arena after defeating the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals in a best-of-three-games series.
The first game took place on Monday in Thorburn, resulting in a 7-1 win for the New Glasgow-based Gryphons.
Scoring for the Gryphons were Camryn Halliday with a hat-trick, Lindsey MacDonald with two goals, and Heath Miller and Rhea Young with one goal apiece. KJ Emery recorded two assists, and Miller, Young, Caitlin Taylor, Shalyn Bona and Garyn Purvis each had one.
In the Gryphons’ 5-3 triumph on Wednesday, also in Thorburn, Keighan DeCoff scored twice and earned an assist, while Young, Breanna Sandluck and Taylor Long got single goals.
Assists were also marked by Bona, Paige MacDonald, Ashley MacDonald, Taylor and Young.
Victoria Dunn backstopped the team in both games.
Winning the regional championship qualifies the NNEC team to play in the NSSAF provincial championship, which will be hosted by Avon View High School in Windsor in late March.
The North Nova Gryphons are shown with the NSSAF Northumberland Regional Division 1 banner, which they won on Wednesday. Shown from left, back row: KJ Emery, Jenna Landry, Sophia Wornell, Camryn Halliday, Jensen Arsenault, Eva Wornell and Sarah MacNeil. Front row: Rhea Young, Garyn Purvis, Keighan DeCoff, Breanna Sandluck, Shalyn Bona, Paige MacDonald, Caitlin Taylor, Taylor Long, Lindsey MacDonald, Ashley MacDonald, Jayden Palmer and Victoria Dunn. Missing from photo is Heath Miller. (Submitted photo)