PICTOU — The Northern Subway Selects will be playing some more meaningful hockey this month.
The Selects returned home on Monday after going unbeaten en route to capturing the Atlantic AAA female hockey championship on Sunday in Mount Pearl, N.L. with a 7-1 victory over the Northern Lightning from New Brunswick.
Camryn Halliday scored three goals and tournament leading scorer Kara MacLean added two goals for the Selects. Ashley Livingston and Eva Wornell added the other goals.
By winning the Atlantic championship, the Selects will advance to the Esso Cup Canadian Midget Female Hockey Championship being played from April 22 to 28 in Bridgewater.
The Atlantic championship also avenged the Selects’ narrow loss at the event last year.
“We kind of had a feeling of unfinished business from last year,” head coach Roy Reid said. “The girls put the work into it and it worked out for us.”
The two rivals from Maritime AAA Midget female hockey advanced to Sunday’s showdown by virtue of the Selects’ winning their four preliminary games, while the Lightning’s only loss was to the Selects by a 10-5 margin on Saturday.
The Selects outscored their opposition 28-7 in their four games before the finale, and 35-8 in total.
“It was a dominating weekend,” Reid said. “We felt we turned a corner about eight weeks ago and we’re really on a roll.”
The Lightning posted a regulation win and two overtime victories to advance.
The Selects opened with two convincing wins last Thursday.
Kara MacLean collected three goals and one assist and Mariah Linehan scored twice as the Selects downed the Western Warriors 7-1. Camryn Halliday and KJ Emery also scored.
Kara MacLean, Ella MacLean and Ashley Livignston each scored twice as the Selects levelled the Eastern Ice Breakers 9-1. Halliday, Maddie Quinn and Taylor MacKenzie got the other goals.
Halliday and Linehan recorded goals for the Selects in their 2-0 victory over the Mid Isle Wildcats on Friday.
Kara MacLean’s four goals and one assist led the Selects’ 10-5 victory over the Lightning on Saturday. Emery added two goals and three assists, while Eva Wornell, Sophie Wornell, Ella MacLean and Halliday also scored.
The Selects trailed 1-0 after the first period but took a 5-1 lead into the third period.
The teams scored three goals each in less than two minutes late in the third period.
From left: Mariah Linehan, Kara MacLean and KJ Emery form one of the forward lines for the Midget AAA Selects. (Goodwin photo)