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Local midget AAA girls enjoy chance to play at RECC


Katie Henderson laughs, her eyes narrowing as her face lights up when she recalls how she started as a goaltender.

Minutes earlier, she received a player-of-the-game award for turning aside shot after shot during the Northern Subway Selects 1-0 loss to the first-place Metro club in female midget AAA play.

Henderson was a brick wall in the game, frustrating the Halifax shooters at every turn. But it wasn’t always that way for the former defenceman with the Colchester Cyclones.

“I was going to switch (positions) but my dad didn’t want me to play goalie,” she laughed. “He was like, ‘My little girl!’ So I played defenceman for his house team he coached, and I tried out goaltending with the peewee girls team.”

This season, Henderson, of Truro, is splitting the net with Lower Onslow’s Adi Small for the Selects. Fellow Colchester County natives Julia Scammell, of Murray Siding, and Truro’s Maddie Quinn, join them on the roster.

The New Glasgow-based Selects sit third in the four-team league with 17 points, while Metro leads with 27 and the ProCresting Penguins of East Hants have 24.

On Sunday afternoon, the local girls had the rare chance to wake up at their own house and travel just a few minutes to the rink for a game in Truro. It was their first regular season game this year at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

“I love being able to play here,” Henderson said. “My sister hasn’t watched me play hockey in three years and she was here today, and my grandmother came up.”

Also in attendance was Quinn’s family, the people she calls her biggest supporters.

“I like playing in Pictou, but it’s nice to be able to have my family come and watch me,” said Quinn, who sits sixth in team scoring with nine points in 16 games. “It’s an exhilarating feeling.”

A member of the Bantam A Bearcats last season, Quinn decided she’d make the jump to girls’ hockey this season.

“My parents told me this was a major thing for me and I could go places with it,” she said. “I worked hard and buckled down and went for it.”

Scammell, meanwhile, is having another stellar season in the league while wearing the ‘C’ on her jersey. She sits second in team scoring with 10 points in 14 games from her post as a steady, smooth-skating defender.

With Sunday’s game close the entire way through, Scammell rarely left the ice. When she did, it was never for long.

“It’s a lot (of responsibility) but I’m up for it,” she said after. “I always want to be on the ice as much as I can.”

A highly sought-after prospect, Scammell recently picked the University of New Hampshire as her destination for NCAA Division 1 college hockey in 2017.

“We went and visited a few (schools), but they were the one,” she said. “They have really, really nice facilities and their hockey team has been growing a lot over the years. They’ll be good by the time I get in there.”

With the midway point already past in the season, the Selects will be in tough down the stretch. They are one of the better teams in the league defensively, but have lacked a scoring touch so far. Despite being shut out, the 1-0 loss, the team felt good after giving a fright to the 12-1-3 Metro club.

“It all really depends on our work ethic,” Henderson said. “We’ve only got nine games left to try and flip the switch and get up there.”

They’ll face Metro again on Saturday in Pictou, and then the fourth-place MacIntyre Chevy Panthers before breaking for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes earlier, she received a player-of-the-game award for turning aside shot after shot during the Northern Subway Selects 1-0 loss to the first-place Metro club in female midget AAA play.

Henderson was a brick wall in the game, frustrating the Halifax shooters at every turn. But it wasn’t always that way for the former defenceman with the Colchester Cyclones.

“I was going to switch (positions) but my dad didn’t want me to play goalie,” she laughed. “He was like, ‘My little girl!’ So I played defenceman for his house team he coached, and I tried out goaltending with the peewee girls team.”

This season, Henderson, of Truro, is splitting the net with Lower Onslow’s Adi Small for the Selects. Fellow Colchester County natives Julia Scammell, of Murray Siding, and Truro’s Maddie Quinn, join them on the roster.

The New Glasgow-based Selects sit third in the four-team league with 17 points, while Metro leads with 27 and the ProCresting Penguins of East Hants have 24.

On Sunday afternoon, the local girls had the rare chance to wake up at their own house and travel just a few minutes to the rink for a game in Truro. It was their first regular season game this year at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

“I love being able to play here,” Henderson said. “My sister hasn’t watched me play hockey in three years and she was here today, and my grandmother came up.”

Also in attendance was Quinn’s family, the people she calls her biggest supporters.

“I like playing in Pictou, but it’s nice to be able to have my family come and watch me,” said Quinn, who sits sixth in team scoring with nine points in 16 games. “It’s an exhilarating feeling.”

A member of the Bantam A Bearcats last season, Quinn decided she’d make the jump to girls’ hockey this season.

“My parents told me this was a major thing for me and I could go places with it,” she said. “I worked hard and buckled down and went for it.”

Scammell, meanwhile, is having another stellar season in the league while wearing the ‘C’ on her jersey. She sits second in team scoring with 10 points in 14 games from her post as a steady, smooth-skating defender.

With Sunday’s game close the entire way through, Scammell rarely left the ice. When she did, it was never for long.

“It’s a lot (of responsibility) but I’m up for it,” she said after. “I always want to be on the ice as much as I can.”

A highly sought-after prospect, Scammell recently picked the University of New Hampshire as her destination for NCAA Division 1 college hockey in 2017.

“We went and visited a few (schools), but they were the one,” she said. “They have really, really nice facilities and their hockey team has been growing a lot over the years. They’ll be good by the time I get in there.”

With the midway point already past in the season, the Selects will be in tough down the stretch. They are one of the better teams in the league defensively, but have lacked a scoring touch so far. Despite being shut out, the 1-0 loss, the team felt good after giving a fright to the 12-1-3 Metro club.

“It all really depends on our work ethic,” Henderson said. “We’ve only got nine games left to try and flip the switch and get up there.”

They’ll face Metro again on Saturday in Pictou, and then the fourth-place MacIntyre Chevy Panthers before breaking for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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