Former players take Beantown by storm
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | August 10, 2017|
The final weekend of July saw three former Highland Storm players head south to play hockey at the Beantown Classic in Boston, Maine, organized by Rush Hockey.
The local girls played in an-all girls showcase tournament that hosted a total of 192 teams from ages 11 years old to college divisions. The tournament focused on "A" and "AA" calibre hockey.
Sterling Nesbitt, Ava Smith, and Olivia Villamere are currently rostered to the Globemasters Bantam 03/04 summer select team. The team roster combined girls from Oshawa, Whitby, Markham, Barrie, Ohio, Buffalo, Chicago and New Jersey.
On Friday, July 29, the girls opened the tournament against the Connecticut Northern Lights with a 1-1 tie.
Their second game that afternoon finished in a 3-2 win over the Hartford Wolfpack.
In an early Saturday, July 30, 8 a.m. start, the Globemasters faced off against Garden State U14. As the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read 3-1 for Garden State. Nesbitt had an assist on the Globemasters lone goal.
After a win, loss and tie, the team finished third in their pool, sending them to a mid- afternoon wild card game. The game put the girls head-to-head against the Ontario Hounds Murphy team which they soundly defeated 5-0, earning them a quarter-final game.
With the third game of the day starting at 8 p.m., the GHS 04' team from Massachusetts pushed the Globemasters to their utmost strength, speed and determination. As time ran out, the scoresheet showed a 4-1 finish in favour of GHS, eliminating Globemasters from a semi-final game and the tournament.
Nesbitt’s mother, Cindy, said all three girls played the entire tournament “with grit and unwavering passion, traits learned as young athletes while playing Highland Storm hockey, that would make any hockey coach proud.”
The girls head to their final summer tournament Aug 11. in Etobicoke at the Queen of the Rings Showcase.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.