Cougars off to hot start at hockey provincials

Jason Malloy
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TRURO – April MacKay scored the game-winning goal Friday as the Cobequid Cougars scored three unanswered markers to defeat the West Kings Wolverines 4-2 in high school girls' provincial hockey action.

The first-year player added an insurance marker for good measure.

"She had a couple of beauties there in third period today," said coach Shaun Munroe.

The Cougars were trailing 2-1 with about seven minutes remaining when the comeback started.

"We had a good talk after the second period about knowing we are a good team and having confidence," said the proud coach. "We came out strong in the third period."

The team played disciplined and worked hard - traits they have shown all year.

Shannon MacKenzie and Taylor Lynds also scored in the win. Molly Wood had a pair of assists while singles went to Raya Parsons, Mary Archibald, Jessica MacIsaac and Stephany Smith.

It was the second win of the day for the girls, who opened the eight-team tournament in Pictou County with a 8-2 victory over Memorial.

MacKay scored three times and set two others up in the win.

Parsons added a pair of goals while singles went to Montana Forsyth, Tiffany MacDonald and Daina MacEachern.

MacKenzie had three helpers while Lynds and MacDonald each had two. Singles went to Forsyth, Wood, Jenna Slack, Abby Boutilier, MacEachern and MacIsaac.

Goalie Kayla Gallagher recorded both victories.

The girls are back in action Saturday morning at 9 a.m. against C.P. Allen Cheetahs.

In boys' action, Derek Naugler scored the winner with 1:48 remaining in the third period as the Cougars defeated the Lockview Dragons, the Capital Region champs, 4-2 in Antigonish.

It was one of two markers Naugler scored in the contest while singles went to Matt Symes and Marcus Boudreau.

James Shapleigh, Fraser White, Michael Tompkins, Ryan Bentley and Hardy Callaghan had assists.

James Rushton picked up the win.

"Definitely the confidence level is high," head coach Jeff Hazelton said after the game. "The guys know we can compete at this level."

The Cougars played a late game Friday night against King's-Edgehill. The score was not available at press time.

CEC returns to action Saturday at 11 a.m. against Sir John A Macdonald in the last game of the round robin.

In both tournaments, the top two teams in each division of four advance to Saturday night's semifinal.

The championship game is slated Sunday at 1 p.m.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Geographic location: Pictou County, Antigonish

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