It wasn’t the way the Junior Sabres would have liked to close out their tournament over the Labour Day weekend, but there is a lot to be proud about. Sure they may have dropped the final two games of the tourney, but in the end they were the more dominant team on the ice.
Netminder Hannah Miller was the third best goalie on the ice when it comes to save percentage in the tournament. Miller allowed just one goal in the two games she stood between the pipes, making 28 saves with a .966 save percentage. The goaltender spent just three games with the Junior club last year, picking up a 2-1 record including a shut out. With the Midget AA Sabres Miller finished the season with an impressive 9-1 record so the Georgetown bound goaltender should be a force to recon with come Friday.
The Stoney Creek Junior Sabres will play host to the Bluewater Hawks in their PWHL home opener this Friday night at 8:20pm from the Gateway Ice Centre.
Kristin O’Neill finished the tournament with four goals and an assist, but the Sabres veteran wasn’t the only Sabre breaking onto the score sheet.
Megan Korzack also had a pair of goals and an assist through the tournament. Another new member of the junior team, Megan spent last season with the Midget team and tallied 9 goals and 2 assists during the fifteen games she played during the season. When you add up all of the games she played, including tournaments and other series, the sophomore netted 22 goals and 19 assists in her 62 games played.
Other goal scorers in the tournament included Stephanie Ayres, Kayla Vespa, Sarah Rumbell, and Amanda Butterfield. Alexa Vasko and Alison Bruder added assists in the game as well.
Summer Belanco was second for the team in points in the game, not finding the back of the net herself but contributing four assists through the tourament. Summer will be another new regular addition to the team this year with last season spent primarily with the Midget AA squad. Belanco had seven assists during the regular season last year and a total of 22 assists, and a pair of goals, through the 74 games she played all together.
With the 2014-15 team last year capturing the gold at the Provincial Women’s Hockey League’s Final Four last year, the new team is shaping up to be another strong team. You can follow along with us with play by play for the Sabres’ games by following the hashtag #HTSabres on Twitter.
The season and home opener is this Friday.