Another Successful Tournament for Newbridge Academy’s Female Bantam Varsity Hockey
Newbridge Academy Female Varsity team attended the 12th Annual Ottawa Senators Winter Showcase this past weekend Jan.13-15th.
This year the tournament featured 26 teams competing in both Bantam and Midget age groups at the AA level. The tournament featured many local competitors, as well as teams travelling from various cities across Ontario and the United States.
Needless to say, the small group of Nova Scotian girls from Newbridge Academy made the biggest impression with their tenacious ability to keep up with the veteran teams that they were faced with.
After playing the top teams in their division during round robin play, the team found themselves with a 0-3-1 record. The girls came out strong and battled hard, but it wasn’t enough to break the stellar goaltending in the end. The team was lead offensively by Mackenzie Drake with (2G) Ashley Penney with (1G, 1A) and Paige Bodnar (1G). Defensively, both goalies Annie Honkoop and Kristen MacNeil found themselves making a huge amount of saves to face the most shots yet in a weekend, and kept their team in the game.
“The games were great, and hard, but it was enjoyable to play in these big rinks and face different teams from all over” said Kristen MacNeil. Head Coach Paddy Flynn remarked “I am extremely happy with the compete level of the girls. I am continuously encouraged by there commitment to playing as a team and can see the results of hard work starting to show in their game. It’s a good group and very tight knit which helps in the process for weekly improvements.”
Game MVP’s included: Ashley Penney, Sophia Rowe, Tait Hayden and Kristen MacNeil.
Although the Newbridge Varsity Female team did not win the tournament, they clearly have a work ethic unmatched and the ability to adapt to the high level of competition that they are entering into. This young group of players displays a positive attitude on and off the ice, win or lose.
Adding to the weekend of hockey, the girls were able to visit and tour Parliament Hill and skate the Rideau Canal. This added to the full Ottawa experience, and at the same time was an incredible bonding experience.
“The Ottawa tournament was definitely one to remember! Everything from fast paced games, to unlucky suspensions and a goal scored with my shin pad! There was also the classic tourist fun, skating along the Rideau Canal and visiting the Parliament building. Experiencing this with 11 of my best friends and amazing coaching staff and manager made for a memorable adventure” says Paige Bodnar.