Cape Breton Post
Annual award accolades
SYDNEY — The Maritime Major Under-18 Female Hockey League recently announced its annual award winners and there was shortage of Cape Breton representation.
Cape Breton Lynx captain Madison Corbett was named the league’s top defenceman for the Nova Scotia Division, while Lynx coach Sonya Lynk was co-coach of the year.
Corbett, who will join the Saint Mary’s University women’s hockey team next season, finished second among defencemen in the league in points (17) with 11 goals.
“Winning this award is a great feeling,” said Corbett. “To be recognized amongst the coaches throughout the league is a truly an honour.”
The Sydney product moved to Ontario in 2019 to play with the Kingston Jr. Ice Wolves, before returning home to Cape Breton for the 2020-21 season, a decision she doesn’t regret.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to play back home with this great group of girls, and to be part of the new Lynx program,” said Corbett. “We really came together and improved so much with the help of Sonya (Lynk) and the rest of the coaching staff. The future for hockey is bright here and I’m excited to see what it holds for the Lynx moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Lynk guided the Membertou-based team to a 7-10-1 record. The team would lose in the Nova Scotia semifinal to the Station Six Fire of Halifax.
Lynk will share the league’s coach of the year award with Craig Clarke, who helped lead the Northern Subway Selects of Pictou County to a 15-1-2 record in a COVID-19-shortened 18 game season.
Along with the award winners, the league also announced its all-star teams.
Cape Breton teammates Jessica MacLean of Iona, and forward Allison Gilfoy of Antigonish were named to second all-star team.
MacLean was second on the team in points (14) with four goals, while Gilfoy was third in team scoring with three goals and 13 points, both in 18 games.
Lucy Phillips (Halifax), Mathilde Couture (Halifax), Nia Gardin (Halifax), and Adrienne Barriault (Bedford) also took home second allstar honours.
Cape Breton’s Orianna MacNeil and Kameryn Lahey were named to the rookie allstar team.
MacNeil was fourth in team scoring with four goals and 11 points, while Lahey finished the campaign fifth on the team in points (10) with four goals.
Gabby Arsenault (Pictou County), Ellie McClean (Bedford), Sophie Pomeroy (Halifax) and Brooke Thompson (Pictou County) were also given nods on the rookie allstar team.
SELECTS WON TITLE
The first all-star team includes Catherine Carpentier (Bedford), Abigail MacKenzie (Pictou County), Rachel Cormier (Halifax), Alyssa Fitt (Pictou County), Jillian Duggan (Halifax), and Olivia Fitt (Pictou County).
Other individual award winners in Nova Scotia include top scorer Natalie MacKay (Pictou County), co-most valuable players Sara Stewart (Pictou County) and Neleh Vigneau-Sargeant (Bedford), and most sportsmanlike Caroline Steeves (Halifax).
Landyn Pitts of Pictou County took home the top forward award, while Amelia Awad of Halifax was the Nova Scotia division’s top goaltender. Bree MacPherson of Pictou County was the rookie of the year.
The Northern Subway Selects captured the provincial title with a three-game sweep in the best-of-five series with the Station Six Fire in early April.
As for the New Brunswick division, the EDZA East Moncton Subaru Rockets took home the provincial title, defeating the EDZA West Reds of Fredericton, 2-1, in their best-of three series.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, teams were only allowed to play within their own province this season. The league hopes to return to intra-provincial competition for the 2021-22 season.