Jacklyn MacKinnon was nervous, real nervous.
The Charlottetown Rural Raiders had a 1-0 lead when a penalty shot, known as a stroke, was called late in the second half of the Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association (PEISAA) field hockey final against the Montague Vikings.
“I just thought it was going in,” said the 16-year-old Grand Tracadie resident. “I tried my best to save it and I did. I was so proud.”
But the umpire hadn’t blown her whistle to start the penalty stroke, so it had to be replayed.
“I was just devastated,” MacKinnon said. “I thought I was going to let the second one in.”
But once again the all-star tournament goalie rose to the occasion and turned the shot aside and the Raiders held on for the 1-0 victory.
“I was so happy. I was relieved,” the Grade 11 student explained after the game.
“It’s amazing . . . I am so happy right now.”
Ashley Hollis scored off a scramble in front of the net following a first-half penalty corner.
“I found the ball and I found my space, I just took the opportunity and finished it,” the Grade 12 student said.
It is the third straight PEISAA provincial field hockey championship Charlottetown Rural has won and Hollis has been apart of each one of them.
“It’s a great end to the year,” she said, noting it was special to share the experience for a third time with teammates Taylor Henry and Niki Triantafillou.
Montague’s all-stars were Morganne Rice and Jessie McCarthy. Grade 11 Abbey MacLellan was named MVP of the provincial tournament and winner of the P.E.I. Hockey Stack stock and balls donated by Ellen Andrews.
Colonel Gray defeated Bluefield 2-0 in the bronze- medal game. Maggie Reid scored late in the first half and early in the second. Provincial all-star Emma MacKinnon had the shutout.
Past Senior Field
2013-14 - Charlottetown Rural
2012-13 - Charlottetown Rural
2011-12 - Charlottetown Rural
2010-11 - Bluefield
2009-10 - Charlottetown Rural
2008-09 - Three Oaks