Middleton Monarchs dominate at Western Valley Shootout
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - The Western Valley Shootout, a hoops staple in years past, has returned to high school basketball.
The Bridgetown Regional High School girls hockey team (white) squared off with the West Kings squad in Valley Girls High School Hockey League action Friday evening. West Kings came out on top 5-1 in a fast-paced game in Bridgetown.
BRIDGETOWN - BRHS senior girls hockey team squared up against West Kings Friday in what was their final game on home turf before the NSTU’s work-to-rule job action on Monday, Dec. 5.
In Friday’s game it was the familiar sounds of a hockey game -- like fans cheering, skates slicing across the ice, and pucks (as well as players) hitting the boards -- filled Bridgetown rink, as the Bridgetown Regional High School girls played a thrilling and suspenseful game.
The mood during warm up was exciting, and it was clear that there was no bitter rivalry between the two teams of Bridgetown and West Kings. Players of opposing teams teased and laughed together, frequently skating across the middle line to chat. Everyone was just looking forward to playing a good game of hockey. And when the time came, the BRHS girls put their game faces on and hit the ice full force.
The first period was fast paced, with many attempts on goal. West Kings Wolverines managed to notch a pair of markers on BRHS. During the break between first and second, the BRHS girls had theories about why they’d been scored against.
“See, I get my skates sharpened, and this is what happens,” offered one BRHS player as a explanation to the Trojan’s two goal deficit after first period.
During the second, the intensity of the game and the girls didn’t waver. West Kings Keighley Jackson broke her stick at the very beginning of the period. West Kings sunk in another shot, but BRHS captain Allison Clayton was quick to retaliate, with an unassisted shot to put Bridgetown on the scoreboard. The BRHS girl’s momentum heightened to a new level, and kept the WK team on their toes for the rest of the second.
In the final Frame, Allison Clayton and Jackson smashed into the boards together. This wasn’t the only hit of the game. BRHS team member Emilee Cress also took a significant hit during the second.
The game ended 5-1 for West Kings, but both teams felt good about the clean and talented game they played. No penalties were given.
In the BRHS girl’s locker room, MVP went to both Grace Longmire and goalie Emma Clayton, who made impressive saves, catching the puck mid-air multiple times, and sometimes stopping shots one right after the other.
The current standings for the Valley High School Hockey League puts Bridgetown in third. Bridgetown also has 29 goals for (GF) in the stats, which is the highest number of goals in the league. For yet another week, the BRHS senior girls have made Bridgetown proud.
The next game for Bridgetown girls is as of now uncertain, and will depend on resolution of the teacher-government labour dispute. School has been cancelled for Monday and possibly for much of the week as government brings in legislation that would force a previous contract offer on teachers.
Article by Elyse Whiteman, a student at Bridgetown Regional High School working for the Annapolis County Spectator.
Emma Clayton minded the nets for Bridgetown and came up with lots of great saves from West Kings shooters Friday evening in Bridgetown.