By Pat Payton
Coach Bill McPhail says the Hubbard Pharmacy Midget ‘B’ girls are a young group, but he believes they will continue to improve and be rewarded with success as the 2019-20- season progresses.
St. Marys is one of nine teams in the West Division of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL). South Huron (Exeter), St. Thomas, Chatham, Sarnia, Lambeth, Lucan, Ilderton and West Oxford (Ingersoll) are the other West teams.
“We’ve young but we’re skilled, so we should be competitive,” McPhail said at a recent practice. “Based on our pre-season games, it should be a good year.
“I think where we’re going to struggle will be against the teams with 17-year-old players. All but four of my girls are 15 years old. We’re going to have to do a little coaching, and the girls will have to come every night with their best games. If we get that kind of effort and desire, we’ll be fine.”
McPhail and his staff have 16 players–two goalies and 14 skaters–and they’ll play their home games Sunday nights on the Rock Rink, starting at 7 o’clock. The Hubbard crew will play a 22-game regular schedule.
The other members of the Midget girls staff are assistant coaches Liz Simpson and Nicole Barber, goalie coach Janet Edye and trainer Brittany Bilyea. All four helped guide the St. Marys Bantam ‘B’ girls to a strong second-place finish in the LLFHL playoffs last spring.
Twelve move up from Bantam Bs
Twelve players from that Bantam team have moved up to the Hubbard Midgets this season. The four other girls on the squad played ‘A’ hockey on out-of-town teams last winter–two in London and two in Stratford. They are: defencemen Emma Bentley and Grace Bertrand, centre Ally Muir and goalie Kayley Thompson.
In four exhibition games this fall, the Hubbard Midgets had two ties and two losses. They tied Sarnia 1-1 and 0-0, and lost 4-0 and 5-1 to West Oxford. The LLFHL regular schedule starts the first week of October.
2019-20 Hubbard Midgets’ team roster
The 2019-20 Hubbard Pharmacy Midget girls roster is as follows: Goalies Kayley Thompson and Matt Luyten, Madison Aarts, Emma Bentley, Grace Bertrand, Julia Cameron, Josie Corby, Meghan Keene, Abbie Kennedy, Audrey Littlejohn, Megan Morning, Ally Muir, Emily Shrubsole, Lydia Taylor, Vanessa Vernooy and Audrey Zurbrigg.