Girls steal spotlight in Ontario’s Steeltown
HAMILTON, Canada – When your World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend features close to 20 games with more than 500 girls participating, you know you must be doing something right. But Saturday’s successful event showcasing many of the top bantam and midget players in Ontario’s third-largest city didn’t come out of nowhere.
In fact, the seeds were sown back in April 2014, when the Stoney Creek Girls Hockey Association (SCGHA) hosted the ESSO Cup in partnership with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and Hockey Canada. The ESSO Cup is the girls’ midget national championship, and it helped the SCGHA build new relationships, including with Cable 14.
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The Stoney Creek Sabres will be well represented at the CIS Women’s Hockey National Championships and the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Hockey National Championship Tournament over the next several weekends.
There are 8 Sabres Alumni from three Universities who will be in Calgary at the 2016 National Championships MARCH 17 – 20, 2016
Guelph University (OUA Champions): Laura Crowdis, Claire Merrick, Mallory Young
St. Mary’s University (AUS Champions): Rebecca Johnson, Caitlin Schell
St. Thomas University: Taylor Cook, Paige Jackson, Kristina Kocsis
There are 7 Sabres Alumni that will be participating in the NCAA Division 1 Tournament starting Saturday March 12th.
Mercyhurst College: Hannah Bale, Nicole Collier, Sarah Hine, Sarah McDonnell (CHA Goalie of the Year and CHA All-Rookie team), Rachael Smith (CHA Rookie of the Year and CHA All-Rookie team)
University of Wisconsin: Sydney McKibbon, Sarah Nurse (All-WCHA 3rd team)
Other former Sabres in the news
University of Connecticut Goalie Elaine Chuli was named to the All-Hockey East 1st team.
Robert Morris University: Sarah Quaranta was named to the CHA All-Rookie team.
Brianne Jenner and Laura Fortino were named to the Canadian National Women’s Team who will participate in the IIHF Women’s World Championships in Kamloops at the end of March.
Congratulations girls! Three tournaments thus far in the early season and you have won two gold medals. First time for most of us in the Rochester Tournament and the opportunity to play some different teams from Canada as well from the US. You were effective at using every game as a learning while continuing to grow as a team both on and off the ice. No bigger “learning” than our loss to Sarnia on Saturday night – always come prepared. Our request of the hockey “gods” was to allow for a rematch and redemption. First step was to play a very hard working Carleton Place Cyclones (Ottawa area) team in the semi. In this game we had to overcome some adversity and work on our penalty kill (7 penalties to their 0) – LOL! We remained focus on only what we could control – our effort and determination! A strong team effort (and a few great saves by Pace) resulted in a 2-0 win and an opportunity to redeem ourselves with Sarnia. As coaches we discussed how confident we were that if the “true” Sabre team showed up we would be in a good position to win. Well that team certainly did show up with a very strong fore-check and some timely saves from Kaitlyn (and don’t forget the body check!) to bring home gold. Ladies you continue to respond when we are faced with challenges and all the coaches want to thank you for that. Continue to ask questions as we expand and challenge your hockey knowledge. The more we learn in conjunction with our ability to execute the plan – the more team success we will have. Enjoy a few days off and see you on Wednesday!