Stanstead girls cap­ture NAPHA Cham­pi­onship

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Mur­ray, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

The Stanstead Girls Spar­tans, this past week­end in Buf­falo, NY, dis­played the same im­pres­sive skill and team play that made them un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­ons and skated off with the North Amer­i­can Prep Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion play­off ti­tle fol­low­ing a solid and con­vinc­ing 3-0 vic­tory over Gil­mour Academy (Cleve­land, Ohio) in the cham­pi­onship game.

Katie Ped­dle, Shayla Coates and Ka­te­rina Bukol­ska scored in the fi­nal for the Spar­tans, who had pre­vi­ously de­feated Lake Placid's North­wood School 5-2 in the quar­ter fi­nals and Ri­d­ley Col­lege of St. Catharines, On­tario 5-0 in the semis, with Edith D'As­tous reg­is­ter­ing both of the team's shutouts.

This is the se­cond time the girls have won the NAPHA tro­phy, hav­ing brought it home in 2011.

Next up for the Spar­tans is the North Amer­i­can Hockey Academy's spring tour­na­ment in Stowe, Ver­mont this com­ing week­end, be­fore they host their own in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment March 11-13.

The var­sity boys had a more dis­ap­point­ing re­sult at their MPHL fi­nal. Af­ter win­ning their first game 8-2 against Loyola, the Spar­tans lost 1-0 to Gil­mour in the semi-fi­nal, the lone goal com­ing in the dy­ing min­utes of the third pe­riod. In their fi­nal game of the play­off, Stanstead beat Lake For­est 2-1 in over­time to come up with a third-place fin­ish.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to both teams for ex­cel­lent sea­sons.

Photo Scott Coates

Stanstead Col­lege’s var­sity girls hockey team has won the NAPHA play­off ti­tle

af­ter fin­ish­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son un­de­feated. Seen here in Buf­falo, New York,

af­ter tak­ing the cham­pi­onship are: (Front, l. to r.) goalies Edith D’As­tou-Moreau and El­iz­a­beth Rayes; (1st row, l. to r.), Les­lie MacKin­non, Rosalie De­mers, Alissa Bis­son­nette, Stephanie Des­jardins, Char­lie Mail­hot, Maude Poulin-Labelle; (2nd row, l. to r.), Shayla Coates, Katie Ped­dle, Meagan Grant, Ari­ane Julien;

(3rd row), Ju­dith Neep­osh, Ka­te­rina Bukol­ska, Jor­dyn Pimm, Alexie Guay, Jeanne Chouinard, Michaela Pe­j­zlova, Tessa Dob­son,

Brit­tany Shar­man (coach) and Sarah Vail­lan­court (coach).

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