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Horton Griffins girls take silver at D-2 hockey provincials


BRIDGETOWN - Leah Byrne’s goal with 10:18 left in the third period proved to be the winner for the Glace Bay Panthers as they poured it on in the last 10 minutes to edge Horton High 2-1 to take the NSSAF Division 2 Girls Hockey Championship Sunday afternoon in Bridgetown.

Emma Jodrey got Horton on the scoreboard with 9:46 left in the first frame. Both teams were scoreless in the second before Emilie Routledge tied it up for Glace Bay with 12:33 left in the third.

While the teams were well matched, the Derrick Hayes-coached Panthers seemed to have an offensive edge and were tireless, even in the final minutes of the game.

Both teams earned a spot in the final by beating all comers in preliminary action and in a pair of semi-finals played Saturday evening.

Glace Bay entered the provincial tournament in a Friday afternoon contest against the Yarmouth Vikings. The Panthers took the game 7-1 which put them in a Saturday morning game against host Bridgetown in a 3-1 hockey game for Glace Bay.

Horton Griffins downed Pictou Academy 3-1 on Friday and trounced Par en Bas 6-1 Saturday morning.

Other preliminary action on Friday saw Yarmouth edge Tim Clayton’s Bridgetown squad 4-3 and Pictou blank Par en Bas 1-0.

In crossover action Saturday evening, Glace Bay met Pictou in one semifinal, handing the Pitbulls a 6-2 loss.

The Craig Newcombe-coached Horton squad took on Yarmouth in the other semifinal in a contest that may have been the most exciting of the tournament. The teams were scoreless after two periods in a back-and-forth contest that started racking up the penalties.

Finally, just two minutes into the third period, Shayna Heroux notched the first marker and added a second with 10:34 left in the game.

With a two-goal cushion, Yarmouth might have been safe, except the Griffins stepped up with Kelsey O’Rourke slipping one in for Horton with 8:43 left and Mariah Cary evening things up less than two minutes before the buzzer.

That set the stage for a four-on-four five-minute overtime – which was scoreless. But Cary, set up by O’Rourke, notched the winner 34 seconds into the second overtime, giving Horton a 3-2 come-from-behind win and a spot in Sunday’s final against Glace Bay.

Yarmouth goalie Lindsey Minard could easily have been MVP of that semifinal game as she stopped the Horton attack time after time.

Emma Jodrey got Horton on the scoreboard with 9:46 left in the first frame. Both teams were scoreless in the second before Emilie Routledge tied it up for Glace Bay with 12:33 left in the third.

While the teams were well matched, the Derrick Hayes-coached Panthers seemed to have an offensive edge and were tireless, even in the final minutes of the game.

Both teams earned a spot in the final by beating all comers in preliminary action and in a pair of semi-finals played Saturday evening.

Glace Bay entered the provincial tournament in a Friday afternoon contest against the Yarmouth Vikings. The Panthers took the game 7-1 which put them in a Saturday morning game against host Bridgetown in a 3-1 hockey game for Glace Bay.

Horton Griffins downed Pictou Academy 3-1 on Friday and trounced Par en Bas 6-1 Saturday morning.

Other preliminary action on Friday saw Yarmouth edge Tim Clayton’s Bridgetown squad 4-3 and Pictou blank Par en Bas 1-0.

In crossover action Saturday evening, Glace Bay met Pictou in one semifinal, handing the Pitbulls a 6-2 loss.

The Craig Newcombe-coached Horton squad took on Yarmouth in the other semifinal in a contest that may have been the most exciting of the tournament. The teams were scoreless after two periods in a back-and-forth contest that started racking up the penalties.

Finally, just two minutes into the third period, Shayna Heroux notched the first marker and added a second with 10:34 left in the game.

With a two-goal cushion, Yarmouth might have been safe, except the Griffins stepped up with Kelsey O’Rourke slipping one in for Horton with 8:43 left and Mariah Cary evening things up less than two minutes before the buzzer.

That set the stage for a four-on-four five-minute overtime – which was scoreless. But Cary, set up by O’Rourke, notched the winner 34 seconds into the second overtime, giving Horton a 3-2 come-from-behind win and a spot in Sunday’s final against Glace Bay.

Yarmouth goalie Lindsey Minard could easily have been MVP of that semifinal game as she stopped the Horton attack time after time.

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