Pictou County peewee AA Subway Selects captain Eva Wornell takes a shot during a game Sunday against the Dartmouth Whalers at the Hector Arena. The Selects will travel to Spryfield this weekend for the Nova Scotia Female Peewee AA Championship.
The Pictou County peewee AA Subway Selects hosted two league rivals in two exhibition games on Sunday to prepare for their upcoming trip to the provincial championships.
In the first game, the Selects faced the TASA/Chebucto Ducks and took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period when Garyn Purvis passed the puck to Jenna Hickey, who went in on a breakaway. The goalie saved the initial shot, but KJ Emery was able to put the rebound into the net.
TASA tied the game three minutes later on a scramble in front of the Selects’ net, and then took the lead 2-1 with four minutes left in the game.
Pictou County never gave up, scoring goals about a minute apart in the last three minutes of the game to win 3-2. The first was an end-to-end, unassisted rush by Mariah Linehan. Jenna Reid then scored on a shot from the point, assisted by MacKenzie Ells.
The second game was against the Dartmouth Whalers, with the Selects again coming out on top with a 3-2 score. The local squad opened the scoring only 20 seconds into the game with a strong forecheck by Hickey to beat the Dartmouth goalie. Midway through the first period the Whalers tied the game at 1-1.
Reid scored the Selects’ second goal of the game early in the second period on an end-to-end rush, beating the goalie on her backhand. Near the end of the second period, Reid put the Selects up by two with a high wrist shot from the corner that went off the goalie’s facemask.
Late in the third period, Dartmouth scored to come within one point – on a rolling puck that eluded Selects’ goalie Victoria Dunn. This was as close as the Whalers would come, and although they pulled their goalie in the last minute of the game, were unable to mount any scoring opportunities.
The Selects will play in the Nova Scotia Female Peewee AA Championship this weekend, March 21-23, at the Spryfield Lions Rink.
Their competitors are the host TASA/Chebucto Ducks, the Valley Wild, the Halifax Hawks, and the winner of a playoff game held Tuesday between the Dartmouth Whalers and the Bedford Blues.