Peewee AA Selects win provincial bronze

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SPRYFIELD – The Pictou County peewee AA Subway Selects won bronze at the 2014 Nova Scotia provincial championship this weekend with a 2-2 record.

In their first game of the tournament on Friday against the Halifax Hawks, the Hawks opened the scoring four minutes into the game, with Pictou County getting on the scoreboard midway through the second period on a power play goal by Jenna Reid, assisted by Victoria Dunn and Eva Wornell.

In the dying seconds of the second period, Reid put the Selects ahead with her second goal of the game, also on the power play, assisted by Madison Robertson. Four minutes into the third period, the Hawks tied the game and once again Pictou County went ahead, with about five minutes to go in the third period.

Reid completed her hat-trick, on the power play, assisted by KJ Emery and Mariah Linehan. The Selects were unable to maintain the lead, though, as Halifax tied the game with just under three minutes to play.

The game went into overtime with one Halifax player in the penalty box and two Pictou County players in the penalty box. Forty-seven seconds into the overtime, Reid scored her fourth goal of the game, shorthanded and unassisted, for the 4-3 win. She was named player of the game for her performance.

The local squad faced the Bedford Blues in the second game, getting on the scoreboard with two minutes to go in the first period when Emery found the back of the net, assisted by Jenna Hickey. Bedford came back to tie the game with four minutes left in the third period. Mariah Linehan then scored the game-winning goal on an end-to-end rush with three and a half minutes to go in the game, resulting in a 2-1 victory. Linehan was named player of the game.

The Selects then played the host TASA/Chebucto Ducks in their third game. TASA opened the scoring in the first minute of the game, with Pictou County answering back 39 seconds later. Shalyn Bona scored, assisted by Emery and Reid. The Ducks then took control of the game, scoring four unanswered goals before the end of the second period, going into the break with a 5-1 lead.

The Selects played a strong third period, but came up short, falling 6-4 to TASA. Bona added two goals, for a hat-trick, with the fourth goal scored by Robertson. Assists on both of Bona’s goals went to Eva Wornell, while Robertson’s goal was unassisted. The Selects had a penalty shot in the second period, but were unsuccessful in getting a goal. Wornell was named player of the game.

The local girls played their final game of the round robin against the Valley Wild. Once again, they fell behind in the first period, but fought back to get the lead with two goals. The first goal was by Linehan, assisted by Wornell. The second, by Wornell, was assisted by Linehan. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Valley tied the game up by the end of the first period.

Midway through the second period, the Wild scored what would be the eventual game winner. The Selects threw everything they had at the Valley team in the third period, but were unable to find the back of the net. Victoria Dunn was stellar between the pipes and for her effort, received player of the game honours. With the 3-2 loss, Pictou County finished in third place in the round-robin.

TASA went undefeated in five games, to win the gold in the championship game 5-2 over the Valley

Several Selects players received awards during the weekend. In the skills competition, Emery won the showdown shooter, while Linehan won the fastest backwards skater. Linehan was also named to the tournament all-star team for defence. Reid was the top blue-liner for the tournament, and also tied for the top scorer award.

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia

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