Moncton Rockets earn right to represent Atlantic region at nationals
DEER LAKE Brooke Murphy had a goal and an assist as the Moncton Rockets eked out a 2-1 victory over the Pro Crest Penguins in the gold-medal showdown Sunday at the 2014 Atlantic Midget Female Hockey Championship in Deer Lake.
Haley Hallihan had the other goal for the Hockey New Brunswick representatives in the showdown at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.
Taylor Keeping scored for the Penguins, Hockey Nova Scotia‚Äôs entry in the five-team tournament hosted by the Western Warriors.
Murphy scored the winning goal, on a setup from Hayley Reid and Lucy Francis, at 6:38 of the third period on a power play to seal the deal for the Rockets.
The Rockets will now represent Atlantic Canada at the 2014 National Esso Cup April 20-26 in Stony Creek/Hamilton, Ont.
Earlier in the day, the Central IcePak ‚ÄĒ Newfoundland and Labrador‚Äôs representative ‚ÄĒ lost 3-2 in overtime to the King County Kings of Prince Edward Island in the bronze-medal matchup.
Hope Higginbotham scored the winning goal in overtime and received player of the game for the Kings.
Amanda Gormley and Chloe MacKinnon also scored for the Kings.
Keesha John and Robyn Rideout scored for the IcePak, who had Sam Dalley get the nod as player of the game.
Emily Brothers outduelled Melissa Mercer in the crease in the battle for bronze.
The following is a look at how things unfolded during round-robin play at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex:
Moncton Rockets (N.B.) 1,
Pro Cresting Penguins (N.S.) 1
Haley Reid scored for the Rockets in support of goaltender and team player of the game Brianne Waterman.
Moira MacDonald scored for the Penguins, who had goaltender Kate Spooner turn in a stellar performance to get player-of-the-game honours for the Nova Scotia representative.
King County Kings (P.E.I.) 2,
Central IcePak (N.L.) 1
Mona Clinton and Tionna Gordon scored for the Kings.
Emily Edison was the lone marksman for the IcePak.
Kristie MacDonald was presented with the player of the game for the IcePak, while Kings puckstopper Emily Brothers was solid between the pipes in earning player of the game for the P. E. I. girls.
Moncton Rockets (N.B.) 7,
Western Warriors (Host) 0
Isabelle Letourneau and Sarah Bujold had two goals apiece for the Rockets.
Rockets player of the game Faith Steeves, Ali Dolan and Brooke Murphy rounded out the scoring parade for the winners.
Vanessa Brown earned player of the game for the host Warriors.
Jordan Carrier recorded the shutouot for the Rockets, while Brianna Brophy took the loss in the crease for the Warriors.
Pro Crest Penguins (N.S.) 3,
King County Kings (P.E.I.) 2 (OT)
Madison Clarke scored the winner in overtime, while Moira MacDonald and Cecilia Payne added single tallies to the scoresheet.
Mikayla McGuirk and Marian Clinton scored for the Kings.
Maria Clinton was selected player of the game for the Kings, while Madison Clarke got the nod for the Penguins.
Pro Cresting Penguins (N.S.) 8,
Western Warriors (Host) 0
Kate Spooner recorded the shutout for the Penguins who had a balanced scoring attack against Western‚Äôs starting goalie Samantha Hann as eight different players lit the lamp.
Courtney Rawding, Jenna Clarke, Madison Clarke, Sara Moss, Courtney Foster, Moira MacDonald, Cecilia Payne and MacKenzie Wright scored for the Penguins.
Rawding was chosen player of the game for the Penguins, while Tana Genge got the nod for the host Warriors.
Moncton Rockets (N.B.) 2,
Central IcePak (N.L.) 1
Brooke Murphy and Hayley Hallihan scored for the Rockets who had starting goalie Brianne Waterman deemed the player of the game for the victors. Katie Nicole scored for the IcePak, while Sarah Greene was selected player of the game for the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial midget female squad.
King County Kings (P.E.I.) 5,
Western Warriors (Host) 1
Kings player-of-the-game Hannah Gormley, Mikayla McGuirk, Tionna Gordon, Brailyne Jenkins and Alyssa Ferguson scored for the Kings.
Tana Genge scored for the Warriors, while teammate Heather Richards of St. Anthony was named player of the game.
Emily Brothers outduelled Warriors goalie Brianna Brophy in the crease.
Central IcePak (N.L.) 1,
Pro Crest Penguins (N.S.) 0
IcePak player-of-the-game Melissa Mercer recorded the goose egg in a goaltending duel with Penguins starter Claire Warren.
Robyn Rideout scored the game‚Äôs only goal to help the IcePak earn a berth in Sunday‚Äôs bronze-medal matchup.
Moncton Rockets (N.B.) 4,
King County Kings (P.E.I.) 1
Tinisha Daigle, Sarah Bujold, Hayley Hallihan and Hayley Reid scored for the Rockets. Maria Clinton replied for the Kings.
Western Warriors (Host) 2,
Central IcePak (N.L.) 2
Morgan McLean and Vanessa Brown scored for the Warriors.
Emily Edison and Robyn Rideout bulged the twine for the IcePak.
Samantha Hann got the starting goaltending assignment for the Warriors, while Katie McKay was solid at the other end of the rink in the IcePak crease in a 2-2 stalemate in the tournament opener.