Hilary Nichols to play in third Chowder Cup

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SACKVILLE, N.B. - Amherst's Hilary Nichols has cracked the Chowder Cup squad for the third time in as many years, making the 20-year-old a veteran of the Atlantic Canadian Women's Chowder Cup hockey team.
Nichols, along with 19 other women, will travel to Maine this weekend to face off against teams from throughout Canada and the U.S.
"There's only four players from last year's team so it's basically a whole new group of girls," the biology student at Mount Allison University said.
Each team plays three games and they have to achieve a perfect record of 3-0 to move on to the semifinals.
"The fist year was a little rocky," Nichols said. "But last year we had one win and two losses so hopefully we can improve on that this year."
One major disadvantage for the Atlantic girls teams is they get only one chance to practice together before the tournament begins.
"A lot of the teams practice together all year long," Nichol's said,
"We only practice together once, on the night before we leave."
Nichols has played hockey since Grade 6 and is now in her third year of playing for Mount Allison. She plays defence and said skating is definitely her strong suit, but adds she's always working on playing better with the puck.
In all, 60 girls tried out for the Chowder Cup team.
Making the cut were four girls from Nova Scotia (including Nichols), four girls from P.E.I., eight from New Brunswick and six from Newfoundland.
"This is the third or fourth year for the women's Chowder Cup," Nichols said. "And this is the first year we've had Newfoundlanders on the team."
The Women's Chowder Cup runs Aug. 1-3.
dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic Canadian Women, Mount Allison University

Geographic location: Amherst, Maine, Canada U.S. Nova Scotia New Brunswick Newfoundland

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