Heartbreaker Cup celebrates girls hockey in Glengarry
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The 6th annual Glengarry Girls Hockey Association home tournament, known as the Heartbreaker Cup, was held Feb. 6-8 in Alexandria, featuring competitive divisions of play for bantam house and midget ‘C’ teams, both of which were won by Glengarry squads.
For the midget Highlanders, this recent title is part of a successful season in which the girls earlier won tourneys in Belleville and Longueuil, Que.
The Heartbreaker final pitted Glengarry against the West Lake Wings, with the home side prevailing 3-1 for the championship.
Glengarry goals were netted Kayla Letouzel (2) and Josianne Glaude, while earning assists were Letouzel, Glaude, and Jessica D'Amour.
Glengarry’s midget girls opened the three-day tournament with a 3-2 win over Trois Lac Phoenix. Glaude led the charge with a pair of goals, while Letouzel notched the other.
Picking up apples were Letouzel (2), Glaude, Leigh McMillan, and Emma Desrosiers-Solowy.
Game two finished up as a 7-0 blanking of the Dollard Blades. Taylor Conway backstopped the effort in net.
Glengarry point-getters were Letouzel (3G), Brooke Seguin (1G, 2A), D'Amour (2A), McMillan (1G, 1A), Glaude (1G), Mattea Duhart (1G), and Grace MacLachlan (1A).
The third round-robin match went into the books as a 3-1 victory over the Dollard Edges. Glaude paced the effort with a pair of goals, while Seguin counted one. Assisting were Letouzel and MacKenzie Van Loon.
In addition to the two competitive divisions, this year’s tournament featured a pair of exhibition games between Glengarry’s peewees and the Cornwall Typhoons.
The bantam final came down to a battle between two Glengarry squads, the #1 and #2 Highlanders, with the former taking the title on a 5-0 shutout backstopped by goaltender Emily McDonell who also was in net for a pair of shutout wins in the round robin.
Accounting for the goals in the final were Sara Hay (2), Sara Carriere, Gillian Kippen, and Danika Longtin. The assists went to Mireille Seguin, Hay, Carriere, and Felicity Beugger.
The eventual champs opened their run at the tournament with a 2-0 effort over the Dundas Lions. Goals came from Danika Decoeur and Brooke Lapierre, both of whom also had assists, in addition to one for Longtin.
Game two was a 2-1 win versus the Kanata Rangers, on a pair of tallies by Hay. Assists went to Longtin (2), Lapierre, and Braelyn Charbonneau.
Their third game saw the Highlanders spank the Cornwall Typhoons 6-0. Hay and Carriere both scores twice, the others tallied by Longtin and Charbonneau. Lapierre chalked up four helpers, while Longtin had three, and Carriere and Seguin each recorded one.
The run to the final for the # 2 Highlanders started with a 5-1 victory versus Cornwall. Ellie MacKinnon had a hat trick for the home squad, with other goals netted by Stephanie Leask and Olivia McKenzie. Earning assists were Emma VanderBurg (2), Sophie Corput (2), Leask, Emma Bacchioci, Valerie Paquette, and Josee Lauzon.
Game two: 3-0 win over the Kanata Wolves. Shutout by Rebecca Sabourin. Goals: VanderBurg, Leask, and Ellie MacKinnon. Assists: Corput ( 2), Josee Lauzon, MacKinnon, and McKenzie.
Game three: 3-1 win against the Kanata Rangers. Goals: VanderBurg ( 2) and McKenzie. Assists: Bacchioci (2), Corput, and Paquette.
The bantam #1 Highlanders finished their regular season league play atop the ODWHA standings.
They are scheduled to be back on the ice Saturday, Feb. 28 for a noon match against Kemptville #1 in Alexandria.
The bantam #2 team follows at 1 p.m. against Dundas.
Also on Saturday, the midget Highlanders will host Kemptville at 2 p.m.
The peewees are slated to play Sunday in Russell.
BANTAM WINNERS: Glengarry’s bantam Highlanders #1 squad claimed the tournament title at the recent Heartbreaker Cup in Alexandria. In back row from left are Darrell Hay (coach), Braelyn Charbonneau, Danika Decoeur, Jeff Lapierre (assistant coach),...
MIDGET SUCCESS: Members of the Glengarry midget ‘C’ Highlanders gather to celebrate their tournament triumph. Back row from left: trainer Christina Collard, Leigh McMillan, Mattea Duhart, Grace MacLachlan, MacKenzie Van Loon, Jessica D’Amour, Brooke...