Newbridge Academy Varsity Female Reached 2nd Place in Pool Play, Advanced to the Subway Cup Sunday Semi’s
Newbridge Acadmey battled in regulation VS Home Town Subway Selects falling short in OT in a 1-0 final
Pictou County hosted over 600 of the top female hockey players representing 39 teams across five divisions competing in 73 games over the last three days. Newbridge Academy Varsity Female hockey team made their home province debut vs Metro West Black (Halifax) with a commanding 5- 2 win on Friday October 28th. Emma Bishop, NA, scored a Hat trick, with assists from Samantha Blair and Paige Bodnar. Samantha Blair contributed a goal with assists coming from Bishop and Emily Forbes. Caping off the scoring, Ashley Penney capitalized on a fantastic opportunity created by linemate, Makenzie Drake. Kristen MacNeil backstopped the NA team to their first win of the program.
Coming off a strong showing in the first game, Newbridge Academy faced a a tough opponent in the Fundy Hericanes. The game teeter tottered into what developed into a real goalie battle of saves. Newbridge took the game at the buzzer with a 2-1 final. The team opened up the scoring with one from Bishop, assisted by Bodnar, with the game winner tapped in off a rebound by AP, Bella House, from a point shot by Audrey Donahue. Between the pipes, Annie Honkoop, faced 15 shots to see the team to victory.
Saturday’s final pool game had Newbridge facing Western PEI. A tough and very physical game that saw the Newbridge sweep pool play with 1 – 0 final. Lone game winning goal came from Mackenzie Drake.
After 12 teams complete pool play, Newbridge Academy, with a 3 wins, were number one in their pool, 2nd overall based on goal differentials of 8 /2, behind 9/1Northern New Brunswick powerhouse, Panthers.“I am extremely impressed with the way everyone played this weekend and the effort we put in. I’m excited for what the future holds for us,” exclaimed Ashely Penney, post overtime.
Taking on hometown favourites, Subway Selects in the 2nd semi-final on October 30th, Newbridge killed off 4 penalties, one with only 2:38 remaining in the 3rd period, to take the Selects to Overtime after no goals scored in regulation. In a standing room only area, the fans were going crazy as Newbridge came out hard in the 3 vs 3 with impressive scoring chances, only to fall short with the Host Team taking the game to advance to the final.
“We showed tenacity when tired, composure under pressure, and cohesiveness when challenged this weekend,” stated Lainie Wintrup, Head Coach, after the fourth game. “The players believe in the systems we are implementing and take their training off ice and on very seriously. We will continue to only improve over the longterm as we mature individually and as a program. Hard to believe these players have been together only 8 weeks. Imagine what is to come!”
For more details pertaining to the Varsity Female Hockey program, or wish to be contacted about opportunities to join the program in the future, please contact Lainie Wintrup, Head Coach – Director of Varsity Female Hockey, via Lainie.Wintrup@newbridgeacademy.ca