MAIN PHOTO: Station Six Fire goalie Amelia Awad watches where the puck is as Neleh Vigneau Sargeant of the Bussey Auto Broker Penguins is dangerously close out front during an Maritime U18 league game. (Healey photo)
DARTMOUTH: If there were three stars awarded during Maritime Major U-18 Female Hockey League play, Amelia Awad would have easily taken the first, second-, and third-star honours on Feb. 14.
While her Station Six Fire were slow out of the gate for the first 40 minutes, Awad did her best keeping her teammates within striking distance. In total, she stopped 37 of 39 shots sent her way.
The first goal the Pens scored against her, Awad got a piece of but it just snuck across the line.
In the third period, that effort paid off as the Fire came out flying and at the end of the game when the final buzzer went ending a COVID19-shortened and delayed season, the Fire and Bussey Auto Broker Penguins skated to a 2-2 tie before a limited crowd in Rink C at the RBC Centre in Dartmouth Crossing.
It was the annual fundraiser for cancer game, with all proceeds being donated by the [ens to the Canadian Cancer Society. Before the game, the team recognized it’s graduating players.
While she didn’t officially get on the scoresheet (it appeared she did setup the teams first goal), Neleh Vigneau Sargeant of Fall River had several scoring opportunities, but it was Awad to the rescue as she kept the team in it.
Meanwhile, Kiara Keddy of Lantz did get an assist on the Pens first goal, and also helped out getting shots on the Fire net. She also was solid in the defensive end in eliminating many good chances for the Fire, being one of the reasons they managed just 26 shots on goal.
The game had been penalty free until a too many men infraction by the Fire late in the second and had no icings until four occurred in the third period.
Bella House and Brooke Maccurdy had the Pens goals, with Lauren Beaton and Adrienne Barriault chipping in with assists.
For the Fire, it was Rachel Cormier and Mackenzie Coade notching markers. Assists went to Sam Taylor; Chloe Delano; and Caroline Steeves.
Catherine Capentier stopped 22 of 24 pucks directed her way.
The Pens will face the Northern Selects and Station Six will battle Cape Breton in the upcoming playoffs.