Kings set sights on Atlantic midget female hockey championship

Jason Malloy
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The Kings County Kings are a battle-tested team.

It comes from playing numerous overtime and one-goal games during the season.

The Kings defeated the Mid-Isle Wildcats 2-1 in overtime to win the Dalziel Cup, the provincial championship, in the deciding game of the best-of-five series. Each game in the series was decided by a goal.

“They know the intensity. They know what the atmosphere is like,” said coach Jill MacPhee. “We just tell them to relax, stick to the basics, work hard and everything should come out in your favour, if you just stick to the game plan.”

Maria Clinton scored the overtime winner to give the Kings the provincial title.

Now the team gets to compete starting today at the Atlantic championship in Deer Lake, N.L.

“We’re pretty honoured to be the P.E.I. reps. They definitely worked hard to earn their spot,” MacPhee said. “This is totally new event for a lot of them.”

Alyssa Ferguson is the only player on the team that has represented P.E.I. at an Atlantic hockey championship in the past. She was an underage player on the 2010 team that won the Atlantic championship to become the first Island squad to attend the Esso Cup national championship.

While the Kings may not have experience at this event, the team has many girls who have competed at Atlantic and national championships in softball, field hockey and soccer.

That experience will help as the team prepares for its first game today at 3:30 p.m.

“We’ve had a few good practices lately to keep the intensity up and the legs fresh,” MacPhee said.

The team had planned to catch the ferry Tuesday night from North Sydney, N.S., but the weather pushed that back until Wednesday. All three Maritime teams were in the same boat, in having their initial plans delayed.

The Kings have a roster full of athletes and are led by captain Hannah Gormley. Ferguson is the quarterback from the point while there is plenty of firepower up front, including Brailyne Jenkins, Hope Higginbotham, Mikayla McGuirk and Clinton.

The winner of the Atlantics will advance to the Esso Cup, April 20 to 26, in Stoney Creek, Ont.

 

For more information about the tournament, visit www.deerlakeminorhockey.com or the Kings County Kings Midget AAA Girls Facebook page.

 

 

Schedule

A look at the midget female hockey championships taking place this week in Deer Lake, N.L. All times are ADT.

Today

12:30 p.m. – Pro Cresting Penguins (NS) vs. Central Icepak (NL).

3:30 p.m. – King County Kings (PEI) vs. Moncton Rockets (NB).

6:45 p.m. – Opening ceremonies.

7:30 p.m. – Pro Cresting Penguins (NS) vs. Western Warriors (HOST).

Friday

9:30 a.m. – Central Icepak (NL) vs.  King County Kings (PEI).

12:30 p.m. – Western Warriors (HOST) vs. Moncton Rockets (NB).

3:30 p.m. – King County Kings (PEI) vs. Pro Cresting Penguins (NS).

6:30 p.m. – Central Icepak (NL) vs. Western Warriors (HOST).

Saturday

8:30 a.m. – Moncton Rockets (NB) vs. Pro Cresting Penguins (NS).

11:30 a.m. – Western Warriors (HOST) vs. King County Kings (PEI).

2:30 p.m. – Moncton Rockets (NB) vs. Central Icepak (NL).

6:30 p.m. – Awards banquet.

Sunday

8:30 a.m. – Bronze medal game.

11 a.m. – Championship game.

Organizations: Kings, Esso, Penguins

Geographic location: Atlantics, Deer Lake, Moncton North Sydney Stoney Creek

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