Stanstead Col­lege to host NAPHA girls hockey cham­pi­onship

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Ross Mur­ray Stanstead

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.

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