Stanstead College to host NAPHA girls hockey championship
TheStanstead College Girls Hockey Spartans will defend their league title on February 17 through 19 as the school hosts the 2012 North American Prep Hockey Association championship.
The Spartans won the NAPHA title in 2011 and recently finished first in the Mcmaster Division for the third straight year.
The league championship at the Pat Burns Arena will feature playoff fixtures between all nine league teams: Stanstead College, Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, OH), Nichols School (Buffalo, NY), Northwood School (Lake Placid, NY), Rice Memorial School (Burlington, Vt.), Rothesay-Netherwood School (Rothesay, NB), Trinity College School (Port Hope, ON) and Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, PA).
The Spartans’ NAPHA record at the end of the regular season is 7-3-1. While the girls are strong contenders to repeat the title, the second division, the Macleod, has some very strong teams, including Nichols and Gilmour Academy. The winner of the Macleod Division has yet to be decided.
Leading the Spartans will be Captain Sarah Lefort of Ormstown, Que. who, in league and exhibition play, has chalked up 42 goals and 23 assists in 28 games – 11 games fewer than most of her teammates. Sarah’s missed part of the season in order to participate on Team Canada’s U18 Women’s Team, which captured gold at the IIHF Championship in Czech Republic in January.
Sarah recently committed to Division I Boston University for 2012-13.
The Spartans’ assistant captain is defender Catherine Quirion of Lac-mégantic, Que., whose small stat- ure is compensated by her aggressive play, giving her 43 points on the season to date. Her sister, Geneviève Quirion, joined the team midway through the season. Other local Quebec players include Maude Théberge of Coaticook, making a major impact in her second year as a Spartan with 12 goals and 21 assists; first-year forward Dapney Ducharme-roy of Ste-catherine-de-hatley; and goalie Emily Norris of Ogden.
The full weekend schedule will be posted on the Stanstead College website (www.stansteadcollege.com).
Admission for the weekend is $2 per day or $5 for the full weekend.
The Spartans will also be carrying out a number of fundraising events during the weekend to help pay for their hockey tour of California during March break.