The Pictou County peewee AA Subway Selects (Team White) played Cape Breton County (Team Red) during the Long Game on Saturday at the Westville Miners’ Sports Centre. The game, part of World Girls’ Hockey Weekend celebrations, began in Newfoundland and ended in British Columbia, with teams playing in each province adding to a cumulative score.
The Pictou County peewee AA Subway Selects scored 11 goals to help Team White win the Long Game in their division as part of World Girls’ Hockey Weekend celebrations on Saturday.
Team White defeated Team Red 35-31 in the Long Game, which took place in each province across Canada. Scores from each game were added to the running total from the first puck drop in Newfoundland until the game ended in British Columbia. When the local game began at the Westville Miners’ Sports Centre, Team White was already behind with a 6-2 score carried over from the game in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.
Scoring for the Selects were Eva Wornell with three, KJ Emery and Shalyn Bona with two apiece and Jenna Hickey, Jenna Reid, Mariah Linehan and Lindsey MacDonald with one each. Assists were marked by MacKenzie Ells, Garyn Purvis, Paige MacDonald, Cassie Clarke, Emery, Bona and Wornell.
The Cape Breton team, which wore the red jerseys, scored one goal in the local game.
“I was happy with the score. I was glad to hand it off to New Brunswick with a win,” said Emery, a forward from Central West River.
“It was really fun,” said Lindsey MacDonald of Little Harbour. “It was pretty cool, actually, that we got to be part of the game all across Canada. I want to see what the score will be in BC.”
She adds that the game “promotes girls’ hockey a lot and more girls get interested in it.”
Trenton’s Paige MacDonald, who plays defence, said: “It was exciting because it was a Canada-wide game. It kinda helps girls realize they should be playing girls hockey because it’s more exciting and more fun.”
Goaltender Victoria Dunn of New Glasgow thought the game “was fun because of how the score keeps going.”
World Girls’ Hockey Weekend is an initiative to promote female hockey, and also included such activities as Esso Fun Days, skills sessions, and bring-a-friend days in various rinks across Canada and the world.