PICTOU COUNTY - A hard-fought win over the West Kent DQ Blizzard wasn’t enough for the Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects to advance to the crossovers of the 7th Annual Sweet Heart Female Hockey Tournament. Pictou County finished tied for fifth place out of 11 teams with a 1-1-1 record in round-robin play over the weekend in P.E.I.
In the game against West Kent, Kassidy MacKinnon put the Selects on the board in the first period, assisted by Emilly MacDonald. Meagan Stewart put the puck in the net as the buzzer sounded at the end of the second period, but the goal was called off.
With 1:59 left in the third period, the Selects took a penalty and the DQ Blizzard scored at the 1:01 mark to tie the game 1-1. Goaltender Brittany Duff was pulled for the extra attacker and Madelyn Bourque scored, assisted by Stewart, with only 32 seconds left in the game for the win.
Players of the game were Lena MacDonald for defence and Madelyn Bourque for offence.
The Selects’ first game of the tournament against the Western Wind resulted in a 3-3 tie. Goals were scored by Emilly MacDonald, Kaila Reid and Katelyn Dunn, with assists from Stewart with two, and singles from MacKenzie Reid, Kaitlyn Pentz and MacDonald. Players of the game were Annika Mason (defence) and Dunn (offence).
In their third game the Selects fell to the Kings County Kings. The game was back and forth with both teams exchanging chances, but unfortunately Pictou County wasn’t able to capitalize and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Kings, eliminating them from further play. Hannah Richards was named defensive player of the game, while Kassidy MacKinnon was offensive player of the game.
Kings County defeated West Kent 3-0 in the championship game.
Hosted by the North River Minor Hockey Association, the Sweet Heart Tournament is the largest all-female hockey tournament in Atlantic Canada. With 98 participating teams, the tournament showcases the highest level of girls’ hockey in eight divisions.