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Gryphons girls hockey preparing for provincials

TRENTON – North Nova is continuing to build on their season success heading into NSSAF girls hockey provincials.

The North Nova Gryphons girls hockey team poses with their regional banner prior to a team practice this week in Trenton. The team will represent the region at the NSSAF girls hockey provincials in Bedford from March 21-23. Front row from left: Jorden Archibald and Carlyn Purvis. Middle from left: Kourtney Barker, Bailey Koehoorn, Gena Cyr, Keeley MacCuish, Tori MacCuish, Jeana Searle, Meghan Fox and Brittany Chisholm. Back row from left: Kayla Simpson, Rachel Brown, Taylor Perry, Jessie McIntyre, Tracey Denny and Selena Denny. Missing from photo: Lindsey Feit, Lily MacDonald and Caitlyn Sandluck. 

Last week they defeated CEC 5-0 in their regional final series to win 2-0.

“We were excited before the game and felt we could be the first Gryphons girls hockey team to win regionals,” said team captain Tori MacCuish.

They won the first game 4-1 at home, scoring three unanswered goals in the third en route to their victory. Holding CEC off the scoreboard for four straight periods took some extra focus from the Gryphons defensively.

“The team just talked about how we had to keep our eyes on their star players,” she said. “We just wanted to keep them away from shots and passes. We felt if we did that we’d have a good chance of keeping them from having any good scoring chances.”

With the provincial championship in Bedford a few weeks away on March 21-23, the team hopes to maintain their focus from recent weeks in practice and games.

“It’s important for us to just keep up the pace and not to let up against any team that may not be as good as us,” said MacCuish.

Heading into the season MacCuish said she didn’t know what to expect in her senior year with the team. She said they knew they had a good team and if they worked well together they would have a good chance at making provincials. Now that they have, they’re all excited for the opportunity.

All the teams haven’t been determined for provincials yet, but North Nova has played Kings-Edgehill, who will be at the provincial championship. MacCuish said because of this they won’t have much of an opportunity to discuss how to play teams, rather that they will focus on their own systems and situations they’ve been in throughout the season.

Geographic location: Bedford, North Nova

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