BRIDGEWATER – The Northern AAA Subway Selects have their sights set on the Esso Cup.
The Selects had three preliminary matches entering today’s action in their first-ever appearance at the Canadian female midget hockey championship in Bridgewater. The tournament began on Sunday and will end on Saturday.
Kara MacLean scored twice as the Selects defeated the host Metro Boston Pizza 3-1 on Sunday. Eva Wornell also scored with 48 seconds left in the third period.
The Selects earned the right to represent Atlantic Canada by winning the provincial title followed by a sweep of the Atlantic championship in St. John’s, N.L. in early April.
The Selects lost a 5-4 shootout to the Brampton Canadettes on Monday before facing the Quebec representative Tuesday.
Third-period goals for the Selects by Camryn Halliday, Jenna Reid and Ella MacLean forced overtime. Eva Wornell scored the Selects’ first goal in the second period.
The Selects were to test the defending champion St. Albert Slash at noon today and the Saskatoon Stars on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Selects entered the schedule needing at least two wins to reach the medal round and head coach Troy Reid feels his squad can do just that.
“We had a great season and I think our girls feel as though the mission is not complete,” he said.” They worked hard to get where they are and I think we will be competitive throughout the tourney. It’s certainly the best teams in Canada and this will give us the chance to see where we fit among the best. We’re excited and humbled to be part of this marquee event and I know the girls are excited and prepared.”
The Selects lost just two of their 34 games this season and won 12 straight playoff games before their loss on Monday.
From left: right wing Ashley Livingston, centre Taylor MacKenzie and left wing Heath Miller comprise one of the Selects’ forward lines. (Goodwin photo)