The Northern Subway Selects have been dominating the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League this season.
The Selects take an eight-point lead over the second-place MacIntyre Chevy Panthers, who will visit the Selects for two games this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
The teams will meet for the first time this season at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
“Cape Breton has not been as strong but they’re on our tails,” Selects coach Troy Reid said. “It’s a meaningful weekend for us.”
The Selects have a record of 15 wins, one loss and two ties after sweeping two games last weekend from the Moncton Rockets by scores of 6-1 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday at the Wellness Centre. That gives the Selects 32 points, compared to 24 for the Panthers.
Two goals each by the sibling duo of Eva Wornell and Sophie Wornell powered the Selects on Saturday.
Kara MacLean and Ella MacLean got the other goals.
Jenna Landry earned the win in goal for the Selects, who outshot the Rockets 38-12.
Power-play goals by Kara MacLean, Ella MacLean and Maddie Quinn led the Selects’ offence on Sunday. The Selects took 50 shots in the game.
The Rockets scored in the third period to spoil the shutout bid by Lily Currie, who made 28 saves.
The Selects have gone 17 straight games without a loss, but Reid said the Rockets gave them a good test despite the two games’ results.
“It was one of our better efforts in a while,” he said. “We haven’t lost lately but we have got a little complacent at times. We didn’t drop off our game from Saturday to Sunday but their goalie played very well for them on Sunday.”
The Selects will celebrate nine years in the league with a special anniversary game on Saturday.
The game will feature a number of special events, including a female novice game at the intermission, giveaways and other special promotions throughout the game.
“It’s important to have this opportunity,” Reid said. “The game has grown so much on the female side, so it’s a way to promote the female hockey players.”
The Selects will play no more league games until next month when they host Metro Boston Pizza at 12:30 p.m. on January 13.
Eva Wornell of the Selects checks a Rockets puck carrier in the first period of their game on Sunday. The Selects won the game 3-1. (Goodwin photo)