Cape Breton Lynx’s Skylar MacLean brings Atlantic championship expertise to roster


SYDNEY, N.S. — For some, taking part in in an Atlantic championship match can usually be a once-in-a-lifetime alternative, however that isn’t the case for Skylar MacLean.

The Cape Breton Lynx rookie ahead performed within the Atlantic Underneath-15 ‘AAA’ Feminine Hockey Championship with the Quad County Whitecaps final season after the membership gained the provincial title. 

Whereas MacLean and the Whitecaps weren’t profitable in profitable the match, they did handle to take residence a bronze medal. MacLean used the expertise as motivation going into the 2022-23 season. 

“It was a fantastic feeling to have the ability to win the provincial title final yr and get the possibility to compete on the Atlantic match as a result of that’s what our staff actually wished,” mentioned MacLean, a Port Hood product who makes the two-hour journey to Membertou frequently for follow and video games. 

“Once you love the women in your staff, you wish to play for one another that rather more and that’s what we did, and we earned the fitting to be within the Atlantics final yr.”


  •  Hometown: Port Hood, N.S.
  •  Age: 15
  •  Place: Ahead
  •  Group: Cape Breton Lynx (MMFHL)

This yr, MacLean, 15, will get a second probability at profitable an Atlantic title when the Lynx host the Atlantic Underneath-18 ‘AAA’ Feminine Hockey Championship this week on the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre. 

Cape Breton opened the match Thursday evening towards the Japanese Stars of Prince Edward Island, however the rating outcome was not obtainable at publication time. A recap of opening day of the occasion is on-line at

“After we came upon in October that we have been internet hosting the Atlantic match, we’ve all been excited for this second the entire season,” mentioned MacLean, who started taking part in hockey when she was 4 years previous. 

“We’re able to compete and we really feel we’ve a great probability at profitable it if we play our recreation.”

MacLean, who performed nearly all of her minor hockey profession within the Quad County feminine affiliation, led the Lynx rookie gamers with 10 targets and 21 factors in 24 video games. 

“I believe I performed good this season,” mentioned MacLean, whose youthful sister Summer time MacLean is an up-and-coming feminine hockey participant with the Quad County under-15 ‘AAA’ staff.

“My teammates have been an enormous a part of my success this season, it’s all the time a staff effort and it’s not nearly me, so with out them, I wouldn’t have been in a position to do what I did this season.” 


  •  10 a.m. – Western (N.B.) vs. Northern (N.S.)
  •  1 p.m. – Cape Breton vs. Tri-Pen (N.L.)
  •  4 p.m. – Japanese (P.E.I.) vs. Western (N.B.
  •  7 p.m. – Cape Breton vs. Northern (N.S.)

Be aware: All video games on the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre.

Previous to Thursday’s recreation, the Lynx hadn’t performed a recreation in six weeks after the staff was eradicated from the Maritime Main Feminine Hockey League Nova Scotia playoffs by the Northern Subway Selects, who went on to win the provincials and can play within the Atlantic match. 

MacLean believes the Lynx are greater than only a host staff within the occasion. 

“We all know most of those groups within the match as a result of we’ve performed them earlier than and we beat them earlier than as properly,” mentioned MacLean. “We’re the host staff, however I believe we’re assured sufficient to have the ability to win and that’s what we’re centered on proper now.” 


  •  Cape Breton Publish sports activities reporter Jeremy Fraser can have stay protection of Cape Breton Lynx video games. Comply with him on Twitter at 

Cape Breton will proceed the match on Friday once they tackle the Tri-Pen Ice of Newfoundland at 1 p.m. The staff will end the day with a gathering towards the rival Selects at 7 p.m. 

The staff will end the spherical robin on Saturday at 12 p.m. towards New Brunswick consultant the Western Flames.

The bronze medal and championship video games are slated for Sunday at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. The winner of the match will advance to the Esso Cup nationwide under-18 feminine hockey championship, scheduled for April 23-29 in Prince Albert, Sask.

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