PICTOU COUNTY - The Pictou County bantam AA Selects split their opening weekend of the regular season, losing 5-0 to the Halifax Hawks before defeating Cole Harbour 4-3.
The Halifax Hawks spoiled the Selects home opener on Saturday, shutting them out. Despite a strong effort in the first period, the Selects were unable to score. Halifax scored late in the first and again late in the second, on a power play, to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
The Selects couldn't seem to generate any offence in the third and gave up three more goals in the loss.
They travelled to Cole Harbour on Sunday where they took on the Red Wings. The Subways came out on top, winning by a score of 4-3.
Taylor Mackenzie opened the scoring, batting home an Aevan MacDonald rebound. Cole Harbour tied the score with just over a minute to play in the opening frame.
Camryn Halliday restored the lead late in the second when she scored an unassisted marker. The Wings tied it up again less than a minute later. Sarah MacNeil gave the Selects a 3-2 lead at the intermission with an assist going to Patti-Anne Tracey.
Tracey gave the Selects a two goal cushion midway through the third period when she scored on a nifty wrap around. Sophia Wornell picked up an assist on the goal. The Red Wings managed to score a late goal to make it close but with only four seconds left to play, the Subways managed to run out the clock to earn the two points.
Jenna Landry was stellar in goal in the victory.
Coach Steve Halliday was very pleased with his team's effort on Sunday.
"It's how you bounce back from loss that demonstrates character," he said. "The girls were able to put yesterday's loss behind them and had a strong effort today. There are some adjustments we still have to make but it's early and I really like what I've seen so far."
The Selects will be sharing host responsibilities at the First Annual Subway Cup Tournament next weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and Hector Arena.