KES girls hold onto Birthplace of Hockey championship banner

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Published on January 19, 2014

Assistant captain Erica Kelly, left, and team captain Beth Lawrence accept the 2014 Birthplace of Hockey banner Jan. 19. Pictured with the girls is coach Jeffrey MacLeod.

Published on January 19, 2014

Mae Batheron clears the puck from in front of KES goaltender Peggy Ann Yoston in the championship final against the Clement Cormier Cavaliers.

Published on January 19, 2014

Ally MacDonell fires off a shot at close range but was denied by Cavaliers’ goaltender Cassandra Bastarache in the championship final Jan. 19.

Published on January 19, 2014

Just moments after this attempt on net, Joella Fletcher scored the first goal for KES in their 2-0 victory over the Clement Cormier Cavaliers in the championship final Jan. 19.

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Lillie Ryan, behind the net, watches as the game-winning goal slips past the Cormier Clement Cavaliers goaltender, Cassandra Bastarache. Joella Fletcher scored the goal for KES.

Published on January 19, 2014

King’s-Edgehill teammates, from left, Mae Batheron, Beth Lawrence, Erica Kelly, Joella Fletcher and Lillie Ryan celebrate Fletcher’s third period goal Jan. 19. The defending champions defeated the Clement Cormier Cavaliers 2-0 to win the 2014 KES Girls’ Birthplace of Hockey Tournament. 

Published on January 19, 2014

KES defeated the Clement Cormier Cavaliers 2-0 Jan. 19. The teams played hard throughout the Birthplace of Hockey Tournament.

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A C.P. Allen Cheetah attempts, without success, to poke a puck past KES goaltender Ekaterina Nikonova Jan. 18 during the semi-final match.

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Kaylee Campbell battles to maintain control of the puck as a C.P. Allen Cheetah attempts to steal it during their early morning match up Jan. 18. 

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Mae Batheron helps kill off a penalty by passing the puck quickly to a teammate during semi-final play Jan. 18.

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Tiffany Hill goes in close in an attempt to best the C.P. Allen Cheetahs goaltender.

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Erica Kelly fires off a shot at the C.P. Allen’s goaltender Jan. 18 during the Division A semi-final game of the KES Girls’ Birthplace of Hockey Tournament.

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Forwards Erica Kelly and Lillie Ryan work together to try to score on C.P. Allen’s goaltender Jan. 18 during the semi-final game of the KES Girls’ Birthplace of Hockey Tournament.

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Goalie Ekaterina Nikonova makes the save as defenceman Abigail Shearer collects the rebound during the Division A semi-final game between KES and C.P. Allen Jan. 18.

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Erica Kelly goes around the net in hopes of catching the Cavaliers’ goaltender off guard during their round robin game Jan. 18. 

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Tiffany Hill pushes the puck up the ice as fast as she could as Cavalier Allison Cormier pursued her Jan. 18.

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Courtney Cormier looks to make score on KES during their match Jan. 18. Ready to defend the hometown team are Beth Lawrence and goaltender Peggy Ann Yoston.

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Forward Joella Fletcher gets in position during a face off Jan. 18. Although she didn’t score during this game against the Cavaliers, she did in the championship final Jan. 19.

King's-Edgehill School's girls' hockey team emerged victorious Jan. 19, holding onto the Birthplace of Hockey Tournament championship title for another year.

“The girls were focused all weekend to achieve their goal of winning the tournament,” said Jeff MacLeod, team coach and the director of Hockey Operations at KES, in an email following the game. “We were fortunate to have eight very competitive teams here from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, making the championship very rewarding to win.”

KES defeated the Clement Cormier Cavaliers 2-0 in the championship final, registering both goals in the final period.

With the teams knotted at zero, the girls pulled together in the third period to score not one, but two goals. The first goal came from the stick of Joella Fletcher; the second, as added insurance, was scored by Rita Dorofeeva.

On their journey to the final, KES won two of three regular tournament games and the Cavaliers won one, won a second one in overtime, and lost one. KES won their semi-final game against the C.P. Allen Cheetahs 2-0 Saturday night, Jan. 18, which advanced them to the final. The Cavaliers upset the Division B leader, W.A. Losier, 1-0.

 

Regular game details

In the tournament opener, KES trounced the North Nova Education Centre (NNEC) Gryphons 7-1. Fletcher scored three times for the home team, while Lea Macleod registered two and Lillie Ryan and Beth Lawrence each scored one apiece.

In the next game, the C.P. Allen Cheetahs beat the Cobequid Education Centre (CEC) 4-1.

The Clement Cormier Cavaliers defeated the Prince Andrew Panthers 4-1. W. A. Losier then defeated Miramichi Valley 9-2.

Next up was the game between Prince Andrew and KES. The Panthers upset the home team, holding on for a 3-2 win. Both KES goals were scored by Dorofeeva. The Panthers' goaltender, Dana Melanson, made 56 saves during the late afternoon bout.

The Cavaliers were up next, and it went to the shootout before they could beat NNEC.

W.A. Losier beat CEC and the Cheetahs downed Miramichi Valley to wrap up play on Friday night.

KES started the second day of play, Jan. 18, by beating the Cavaliers 2-1 to finish first in Division A. Erica Kelly scored both goals during this game.

W.A. Losier then defeated C.P. Allen 2-0 to finish first in Division B.

NNEC doubled Prince Andrew 4-2, and Miramichi Valley pulled out their only win of the tournament, defeating CEC 6-1.

To watch a short video slideshow, visit: http://www.hantsjournal.ca/Video/30209/KES-girls-win-Birthplace-of-Hockey-Tournament-2014.

 

Organizations: Hants Journal, King's-Edgehill School, CP Allen Cheetahs

Geographic location: King's-Edgehill School, Windsor

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