Last weekend in Alexandria, the Glengarry Girls Hockey Association hosted its annual Heartbreaker Cup tournament, drawing teams from across Eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
The highlight for home squads was the play of the peewee Highlanders, who triumphed for the championship in their division.
Glengarry’s peewees opened the competition against the Ottawa Ice, as an eager Highlanders team skated to a 4-0 win. Jada Campbell notched the initial tally, followed by a late first-period goal from Madison MacLeod. The second period saw Campbell put another in the net, while the scoring was rounded out by Mary Ellen Fader. Madelyne Duval registered the shutout in net for Glengarry.
Game two versus the Westlake Wild proved to be much the same. While the contest stayed locked at zero after the first period, Campbell got the Highlanders on the board in the second. The third period brought her another goal, with MacLeod adding insurance. Duval once again registered the goose egg.
Sunday morning brought an undefeated Gloucester Sharks to face the Highlanders who fended off their opponents through to late in the second period. Back-to-back goals by the Sharks took the air out of the Glengarry peewee’s play. A penalty shot in the third sealed the game for the Gloucester, 3-0.
The loss dropped the Highlanders to second place and a semi-final meeting with the Westlake Wild, once again. This time the results would be closer. Campbell opened the scoring in the first. The second period brought two quick goals for the Wings, putting the Highlanders in a 2-1 deficit, until Campbell once again scored for Glengarry. The third period saw Campbell complete her a hat trick, which was enough for a 3-2 victory and a spot in the final versus Gloucester.
Glengarry opened the scoring with a goal from Emily Kate Bissonnette, but the Sharks soon responded to draw even. Early in the second, Margaret Fraser found a rebound to make it 2-1 Highlanders. Goal number three came on a penalty shot from Campbell. The Highlanders added a fourth from MacLeod.
The Sharks managed to score their second of the match, but dominant goaltending by Duval proved no match for Gloucester’s top players, as she stopped a few breakaways and blocked everything thrown at her in the third. The girls won gold with a thrilling 4-2 effort.
Glengarry’s atom team went 0-4 in the tournament, falling 2-1 to Carleton Place and 5-0 to Westlake on Saturday. Sunday’s third round-robin game was against the Nepean Hurricane, who prevailed a tough one, 1-0. This loss meant facing dominating Westlake in the semifinal, where the Wild skated 6-0 over the Highlanders. Westlake went on to win the division championship over the Nepean Ice Cats.
In bantam action, the Highlanders played in a three-team round-robin. Their first matchup against Nepean ended in a 2-0 loss, while game two ended in a rough 6-0 defeat by the dominant Westlake Wild. On Sunday, the rematches saw Glengarry tie Nepean 1-1 and fall to Westlake 8-1. With only 1 point, the Highlanders did not advance. Westlake took the division title, with the Ice Cats as runners-up.
The midget Highlanders faced off against the division rival Russell Coyotes in their tournament opener. Russell scored in the first period, hanging on to the 1-0 lead through to the end. Game two against the Blades of Dollard des Ormeaux went into the books as a 3-0 loss. On Sunday, Glengarry and Gloucester both scored a goal in the first period, en route to a 1-1 draw. The Highlanders’ fourth outing saw the girls drop a 4-0 decision to Gananoque, which went on to win the championship. Russell was the other finalist.
– files from Kimberley Howes