Weekend of Female Varsity Hockey
This past weekend saw both our Varsity Female Programs on the road in Rochester New York and Shediac New Brunswick.
It was a very tough weekend heading out after the holiday break for the U14 and U16 girls. The weather became a major part of the story as travel schedules and the availability of players effected both teams. Specifically, the U16 girls who had to endure Injuries, sickness, travel to Rochester along with a short bench. They were at a serious disadvantage going into Rochester for JWHL play.
Each weekend in the JWHL, teams are faced with very tough competition. Established programs that challenge your team to be at their best. Being short four players along with the Christmas hiatus made for a challenging weekend to say the least. The result was a winless weekend but there would be no doubt that the fourteen girls that were able to represent Newbridge Academy, represented the program the best that they could given the circumstances. The school and the girls fulfilled their commitment to the league and although the results weren’t great, they truly gave it their all.
Outside of their game commitments, the true highlight of the trip saw the girls experience Team Canada’s World Juniors win Gold over Team Sweden in Buffalo. Closer to home in Moncton, the U14 girls were huddled around the big screen doing the same thing. It was a great experience for all and for the U16 group the opportunity of a lifetime. Special thanks to Ms. Szpilfogel, Coach Drake and Coach Anthony for making the Gold Medal Game an opportunity for our girls to enjoy. It was very special game to witness.
As for the U14 girls, they had a great run at the DQ Tournament in Shediac, NB. After going 2-0-1 in the round robin play, the girls headed into their first playoff game of the season. Having only one skills practice after the Christmas break, they played their hearts out and gave it all the had. It was clear that we brought out our oppositions best efforts. That is the type of competitive situation that we would like to have every time we play. Sadly, we did fall short. However, the lessons learned and the competitive games played will only help us to move closer to our goals heading into the second half of the season.
The U14 Semi-Final loss to the host Moncton Rockets was a very spirited affair that ended 1-0 with minutes left to play. The goaltending at both ends of the ice was great to watch, but in the end the result favoured our opponent. After the game, we were graced with a visit from the former Captain of Team Canada, Caroline Ouellette. Caroline delivered a great message to the girls on their loss and her words were true and honest about wins and losses and how you can respond to be your best in the future. No doubt this was a message that will stay with the girls and motivate them moving forward.
Next up this weekend for the Varsity U16 Girls:
- January 13th vs Mid Isle Wildcats at the Pictou Wellness Centre, game time 730pm
- January 14th vs Mid Isle Wildcats at the Pictou Wellness Centre, game time 1215pm
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