Bantam AA Selects win bronze at provincials in Pictou

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The Pictou County female Bantam AA Subway Selects hosted provincials over the weekend, coming away with a 2-1-1 record, good enough for bronze.

The Pictou County bantam AA Selects pose with their bronze medals from provincials this weekend in Pictou. Front row from left: Kassidy MacKinnon, Brooke Morris, Sophia Wornell, Jenna Landry, Patti Ann Tracey, Caitlin Taylor, Aevan MacDonald, Chloe MacDonald and Josie Chisholm. Back row from left: Subway monkey, coach Steve Halliday, Breanna Sandluk, Sarah MacNeil, Camryn Halliday, Heath Miller, Taylor MacKenzie, Jensen Arsenault, assistant coach/manager Dave MacNeil and assistantt coach/trainer Dave Wornell. 

The Selects began their weekend with a 2-1 victory over the Cole Harbour Wings on Friday morning.

Kassidy MacKinnon opened the scoring at the 9:25 mark of the second period to give the Selects a 1-0 lead. With two minutes remaining in the second, Patti Anne Tracey gave the hosts a 2-0 lead. The Wings narrowed the gap with a goal late in the final period but the Selects hung on for the win.

Jenna Landry was between the pipes for the win, earning player of the game honors.

Pictou County was back in action just after the opening ceremonies against the TASA Ducks. After two scoreless periods, the Ducks got on the board first with 9:59 to play in the game. Just a little over two minutes later, Heath Miller, with her first goal of the season to even things up.

The goal gave the Selects a big lift and they carried the play through the latter part of the third. With just 58 seconds remaining in the game, Camryn Halliday ripped a rebound to the top corner to give the Selects the lead and what looked like their second win of the day.

Called for an intentional offside with just 20.9 seconds remaining, the faceoff was in the Selects end. With the TASA net empty, fate dealt a tough blow to the Selects as a point shot found it's way through a crowd and crossed the line to tie the game 2-2.

A five-minute overtime solved nothing and each team was awarded a point in the 2-2 tie. Halliday was named player of the game for Pictou County.

On Saturday the Selects picked up where they left off on Friday, taking on the Valley Wild. They opened the scoring at 6:33 of the second period on a backhand by Tracey. Brooke Morris gave the Subways a two-goal cushion when she scored on a rebound for a 2-0 lead. Thirty seconds later, the Wild responded to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Selects managed to hang on until there were just 23 seconds remaining when Heath Miller iced it with an empty net goal to give the Pictou County squad a 3-1 win. 

Tracey was named player of the game.

The victory put them in first place in the standings with five points and a good shot at the final on Sunday. The Selects could put themselves into the gold medal game with a win over Halifax in the afternoon.

Halifax opened the scoring midway through the first but the Selects hung on. They continued to battle and created several great chances of their own but were unable to score. Pictou County then found themselves in penalty trouble, taking three straight minors in the third period.

It finally caught up with them when the Hawks got a power play marker with 7:58 to play in the game. The Subways would succumb to the 2-0 loss. Landry was once again a standout between the Pictou County pipes and was awarded player of the game for the second time in the tourney.

The hopes of the Selects were still alive, however, their fate was now in the hands of the Valley team who needed to take at least a point from TASA in the next round-robin game. That would put the Pictou County girls in and TASA out. It was not to be, however, as the Ducks pounded the Valley by a score of 5-0.

Halifax and TASA ended the round-robin tied with six points apiece. The five points earned by the Selects wasn't quite enough to get them to the gold medal game but was enough for a bronze medal performance. TASA went on to defeat Halifax in the final by a score of 2-0 to win the championship in an exciting, well-played final.

Three Pictou County girls were named as major award winners in the tournament. Josie Chisholm and Tracey were named to the all-star team, while Landry was named the top goaltender in the tournament.

 

Organizations: Cole Harbour Wings

Geographic location: Pictou County

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