Selects look to defend provincial banner

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Atom AA squad in Antigonish this weekend for provincials

This weekend is what the Pictou County atom AA Subway Selects have been waiting for.

Mia Coolen and Olivia Fitt of the Pictou County atom AA Subway Selects take part in a drill during practice Thursday night at the Wellness Centre. The team is in Antigonish this weekend for provincials. 

All season they have been successful at tournaments, but this weekend’s Hockey Nova Scotia Atom AA Provincial Championship is what they have been building towards.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I’ve been waiting for it all year,” said forward Hayley Nichol.

The Selects opened this season winning the inaugural Subway Cup before taking the Early Bird Tournament in November. After the Christmas break they won the DQ Female Hockey Tournament in Moncton in January before capturing their fourth banner in as many tournaments at the Sweetheart Tournament in February.

They hope their success carries over to this weekend as the defending provincial atom AA champions travel to Antigonish today. Their first game is against the hosts at 11 a.m.

“Dave (Hood) told us to eat healthy and get lots of rest and we always have to work hard at practice and in games,” said Nichol about what they have to do for a successful weekend. “Even when we’re playing games where we’re winning we still have to play our hardest.”

Second-year goalie Morgan Fitzpatrick said she’s excited for the weekend. This year she feels she’s improved her glove and her butterfly because she’s practised a lot more than last year.

During a game Fitzpatrick said she likes to get a few shots to warm up, but if she doesn’t get one for a few minutes she does a few drills to stay focused.

“I just do a couple of drills in my crease while I’m waiting for the puck to come to our end,” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s a little bit tiring sometimes standing there without shots, but that’s why I do my drills.”

She said when the team scores she’s always really excited for them.

“It makes me really happy when we get a goal,” said Fitzpatrick. “I kind of feel bad for the other team, but I’m really excited for the girls on my team for scoring.”

Both girls said that they have a lot of fun with their team and that they do a lot of activities together like sledding, swimming, zumba and yoga.

“It’s really fun making friends,” said Nichol. “I made a lot of new friends playing hockey.”

Geographic location: Antigonish

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