Three SMMHA teams heading to Port Elgin this weekend
By Pat Payton
St. Marys Kin Canada Novice ‘C’ girls hope to continue their strong defensive play in Port Elgin this weekend, Feb. 1-3, where they will compete in the Saugeen Shores International Silver Stick tournament.
Ray Cousineau’s squad will play Kincardine, TCDM (Tiverton) Rebels, and Parkhill in round-robin action.
“The girls have been playing good hockey,” coach Cousineau says of his Novice team, which competes in the Western Ontario Girls Hockey League (WOGHL).
The team started 5-1-1 in its first seven games, out-scoring their opposition 24-2, and finished second in the WOGHL’s North-East standings. After all the teams were seeded, the Kin Novices have gone a modest 5-8-2 against stiffer competition in their last 15 games. They are currently in fourth place in the Division 1 standings. “We’ve played tougher teams,” he noted.
Cousineau also hopes his Novices can qualify for the year-end provincial championships in Toronto. They will have to knock off Mitchell and Stratford in Regional playoffs (not yet set up) to qualify. “We have beat both teams so far this year,” he said. “We beat Mitchell 1-0 and 2-0, and Stratford 13-0.
“We went last year, and it would be nice to go back again.”
When asked, Cousineau quickly replied that “team defence” is a strength with his Novice girls.
“We don’t allow a lot of goals,” he pointed out. “We lose games by one goal or win games by one goal. We’ve only allowed 26 goals in 15 games in the second half against tougher teams like Lucan.”
Supplying the bulk of the offence for the Kin Novices have been players such as Raegan Stacey, Emma Hodkinson, Lilly Hartwick and Andrea Dingman, the coach says. Hodkinson and Hartwick are both defencemen.
2018-19 team roster
The 2018-19 Kin Canada Novice girls roster is as follows: goalie Aubrey Cousineau, Georgia Agar, Alyssa Payne, Emma Hodkinson, Andrea Dingman, Emma Carradine, Brooklynn Roth, Raegan Stacey, Kacie Storey, Micki MacDonald, Lilly Hartwick and Maeve Wheeler.
Head coach Ray Cousineau, assistant coach Tyler Dingman, assistant coach Chris Storey, head trainer Leanne Stacey, assistant trainer Megan MacDonald, assistant trainer Trish Hartwick, and team manager John Hodkinson.
–The Novice girls have had eight shutout wins to date this season.
–The Cascades Peewee ‘C’ girls, coached by Jeff Jones, and the A.B.S. Tracs Inc. Bantam ‘C’ girls, coached by Don Scott, will also be competing at the International Silver Stick tournament in Port Elgin this weekend.