CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, NL — The Ascension Collegiate Astros girls hockey team won in dramatic fashion Sunday night to claim the Darryl Reid Memorial Tournament.
2017 marked the first time the high school hockey tournament featured a female division, and Ascension was one of four teams competing. In the championship game, the Astros defeated Holy Spirit High 3-2 in a shootout.
The Ascension girls team went undefeated at the tournament, starting off with a 7-0 shutout of St. Kevin's, followed by victories over Queen Elizabeth (3-1) and Holy Spirit (6-5). They faced St. Kevin's in the semis and won that game 14-0.
Team manager Mary Ann Sheehan told The Compass the team was honoured to compete in the first female edition of the tournament.
The Ascension boys team fared well at the same event, going 3-0 in round-robin play before defeating the Gonzaga Vikings 3-1 to advance to the championship game. Unfortunately, the male Astros lost in that one to the O'Donel Patriots by a score of 5-2.
The female champions, as pictured above — back (l-r): coaches Bruce Petten and David Crane, Emily Spracklin, Ronnie Smith, Anika Thomas, Raegan Hussey, Hannah Hickey, Aleah Drover, manager Mary Ann Sheehan, Sydney Sheppard and Emily Linehan. Front (l-r): Danielle Mercer, Cassie Drover, Hillary Reardon (A), Madison Petten (C), Mackenzie King (A), Toni-Lynn Parsons, Grace King, Brooke Mercer, Aliyah Sheppard and goaltender Abby McCue. Missing from photo: Darcy Jones (A).