PICTOU – The Northern Subway Selects are as ready as they can be for their next quest, head coach Troy Reid says.
The Selects were slated to leave Tuesday for the Atlantic Midget AAA Female Hockey Championship being played from Thursday through Sunday in Mount Pearl, N.L. near St. John’s.
“We’re in good shape,” he said. “We’re happy with where we are. We battled through a bit of a bug, but we like where we are.”
The Selects repeated as provincial Midget AAA female champions after sweeping their best-of-five final series with the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers in straight games.
Maddie Quinn scored twice as they completed the series with a 4-0 victory over the Panthers on March 17 in Sydney after winning the first two games at home.
Wednesday is supposed to be a rest day for the Selects, who will play two games on Thursday and one each on Friday and Saturday.
The Selects will open the schedule against the Western Warriors in the afternoon and the host Eastern Ice Breakers in the evening on Thursday.
The Selects will face the Mid Isle Wildcats on Friday and the Northern Lightning from New Brunswick on Saturday.
Reid feels this is as strong a team as he has coached at this level and especially likes the Selects’ balance and resilience this season.
“Other teams will look at what one or two players they need to key one but that will be hard to do because of our balance and depth,” he said. “Teams go through their highs and lows and we went through a low after Christmas, but we got back on track. As a coach, you’re hoping the team is peaking at the right time, and I can honestly say we are.”
The Selects are hoping to earn their way to the Esso Cup National Female Midget AAA Championships by winning the Atlantic championship.
The Nationals are being held in Bridgewater, N.S. later in April.
From left: Maddie Quinn, Camryn Halliday and Eva Wornell represent one forward line for the Northern Subway Selects. (Goodwin photo)