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DOMINION, N.S. — Representing the province on the ice is not one thing new for Samantha Morrison.
The Dominion product has worn Nova Scotia’s blue and white colors thrice over her profession, suiting up for Hockey Nova Scotia’s high-performance packages on the under-16 degree twice and the under-18 division as soon as.
Whereas she’s had success with provincial groups on the Atlantic Problem Cup prior to now, Morrison will look so as to add to her hockey resumé later his month when she places on the province’s jersey for the Canada Winter Video games in Prince Edward Island.
Morrison and Nova Scotia might be a part of the hardest group within the girls’s occasion. The group might be in Pool ‘A’ together with Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba and can play the preliminary spherical out of MacLauchlan Enviornment in Charlottetown.
Nova Scotia will open the occasion on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. towards Alberta, earlier than going through Ontario on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m., and Manitoba on March 1 at 4 p.m.
Regardless of the troublesome journey to a medal, Morrison is assured in her group’s means to compete with a number of the favourites to win gold on the video games.
“We’re in all probability going to be considered because the underdog as a result of Ontario and Alberta have sturdy groups and consist of ladies who’ve made the under-18 nationwide group,” stated the 17-year-old ahead.
“I believe we’ve a extremely deep group. We have now a hardworking group and we’re all very shut, so I believe the expectations are to do nicely and show folks fallacious and present them what we’re manufactured from.”
Morrison, who attended the Canadian nationwide under-18 choice camp final August, is the captain of the Cape Breton Lynx of the Maritime Main Feminine Hockey League. In 17 video games this season, she recorded 22 objectives and 37 factors, ending in fourth place in league scoring.
Alongside together with her offensive manufacturing, Morrison, who missed time this season on account of a concussion and suspension, believes she brings expertise, enthusiasm and positivity to the Nova Scotia dressing room.
“I am positively the loudest one within the group,” laughed Morrison. “There’s at all times quiet leaders and there is at all times loud leaders as nicely, however I believe we’re all pulling in the identical route and wish the perfect for one another and that is what makes a group profitable.”
The Canada Winter Video games final came about in 2019 in Crimson Deer, Alta. Nova Scotia had an 0-2-1 file within the preliminary spherical and completed in eighth place, shedding to New Brunswick 3-2 in a shootout within the seventh-place sport.
With the COVID-19 pandemic shaking the world in 2020, and really a lot nonetheless with us at the moment, Morrison admits there was a time when she did not assume she’d have the prospect to compete within the occasion.
“I did not know what issues had been going to appear to be for hockey on the time however it was behind my thoughts,” stated Morrison, noting she’s assured in her sport and is able to compete towards a number of the finest within the nation.
“As soon as issues began to calm down a bit and hockey returned to the brand new regular, I knew it was solely a matter of time earlier than the Canada Winter Video games got here again and I am grateful for the chance.”
‘CONFIDENT IN THIS GROUP’
Group Nova Scotia’s roster will encompass a number of the prime gamers at present taking part in within the Maritime Main Feminine Hockey League, together with Halifax’s Samantha Taylor, Sophie Pomeroy and Maggie Duck, in addition to the Valley’s Brook Thomson and Antigonish’s Bree MacPherson.
The group may even function Antigonish goaltender Rhyah Stewart, who’s having a profitable first season with the Cape Breton West Islanders of the Nova Scotia Below-18 Main Hockey League.
“I am extraordinarily assured on this group,” stated Morrison. “We have now plenty of onerous employees and plenty of proficient and expert women. I believe we’ve one thing that almost all groups do not have and that is the drive, each particular person within the dressing room needs to win and I believe we’ll do one thing particular.”
Whereas Morrison would be the lone participant from the island taking part in on the group, she will not be the one Cape Bretoner a part of the membership. Chris Larade of Cheticamp would be the head coach, whereas Sydney River’s Sonya Lynk and Inverness’ Lisa MacLean will each be assistant coaches. Savannah Newton of Center Sackville will spherical out the teaching workers.
Larade is the top coach of the Saint Mary’s Huskies girls’s hockey group, whereas Lynx is the top coach of the Cape Breton Lynx program. MacLean is a part of Hockey Nova Scotia’s high-performance program.
Different divisions within the girls’s occasion will function British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan in Pool ‘B’, whereas Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories and Yukon might be in Pool ‘C’.
The quarterfinals are set for March 3, adopted by the semifinals on March 4. The bronze and gold medal video games might be performed on March 5.
• Hometown: Dominion, N.S.
• Age: 17
• Place: Ahead
• Membership Group: Cape Breton Lynx (MMFHL)
• Provincial Group: Nova Scotia (Canada Winter Video games)
WOMEN’S HOCKEY ROSTER
• Goaltenders: Rhyah Stewart (Antigonish) and Jorja Burrows (New Glasgow)
• Defence: Sarah Fraser (New Glasgow), Mia Giles (Hammonds Plains), Sarah Leopold (Windsor), Ellie McClean (Hammonds Plains), Bree MacPherson (Antigonish) and Rachel Walsh (Hammonds Plains)
• Forwards: Samantha Morrison (Dominion), Sarah Callaghan (Hammonds Plains), Maggie Duck (Halifax), Kate Furlong (Higher Tantallon), Julia MacDonald (Antigonish), Jessica MacKinnon (Clarks Harbour), Sophie Pomeroy (Halifax), Ava Shearer (Windsor), Samantha Taylor (Halifax), Brooke Thomson (Valley) and Brooke Williams (Valley)
– Jeremy Fraser is the sports activities reporter for the Cape Breton Put up. Observe him on Twitter @CBPost_Jeremy.