By Pat Payton
TORONTO – Coach Ray Cousineau was proud of his Kin Canada Novice ‘C’ girls and their performance here at the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) Provincials this past weekend.
After winning twice and tying another, the Novice Rock was sidelined in the quarter-finals Saturday night after a 6-0 loss to Smith Falls Cubs.
“It was a pretty good tournament for us, two wins, a tie and a loss,” coach Cousineau said. “The girls played great all weekend and represented St. Marys very well.
“Give Smith Falls credit in our last game. They are a great skating team. We had trouble getting out of our own end.”
Start with shutout wins
The Kin Canada Novices started the tournament off on the right note with a pair of shutout victories last Friday.
The Rock defeated North Durham Blades 6-0 in their opener, with Emma Hodkinson pacing the offence with a pair of goals. Goalie Aubrey Cousineau posted the shutout.
In their second game of day, Alyssa Payne’s first goal of the season lifted St. Marys to a 1-0 victory over the Kemptville Storm. Cousineau notched her second shutout of the tourney.
In their final round-robin game Saturday afternoon, the Kin Novices battled the Nepean Wildcats to a 1-1 tie. The Rock held a 1-0 lead going into the third period, but Nepean scored with about five minutes remaining.
Bantams go 0-2-1
The A.B.S. Tracs Bantam ‘C’ girls team, coached by Don Scott, also represented the SMMHA at the OWHA Provincials.
On Friday, the Rock lost 5-0 to Saugeen Shores Storm and tied Ilderton Jets 1-1. On Saturday, the St. Marys Bantams needed a win against Kemptville in their final preliminary game to advance to the playoff round. It was a well-played game, but the A.B.S. squad was edged 2-1 by the Storm and watched their tournament come to an end.
Note: From Novice right up to Senior skaters, the 2019 Provincials featured 572 teams, over 14,000 participants, over 1,100 games in 16 arenas, and over 200 officials.