MANITOULIN—The Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) Mustang girls’ hockey team is on their way to the playoffs after finishing the regular season in second place.
“We got a bye to the semi-finals since we came in second,” explained coach Mike Meeker. “The team has had a strong season. I would say they were one of the strongest teams this year, but I told the girls ‘going into the playoffs you never know’.”
Mr. Meeker said the Mustang girls are in good shape heading into the semi-finals.
“We have solid goaltending with Sophie Bondi. She has had a great attitude since the start of the season and has really improved. Great goaltending is a nice place to start going into the playoffs,” Mr. Meeker told The Expositor. “We also have three pairs of defense players. Some are great at skating and moving around and we have a group of solid players that stay home on the offensive.”
“In terms of scoring, Kennedy Lanktree is one of the top scorers in the division and is a real game breaker,” continued Mr. Meeker, “but we have pretty even scoring throughout all three lines. We also have a great mix of older and younger players. The older girls have shown a lot of good leadership.”
“All our Grade 9 players have improved a lot,” he added. “These girls really pull their weight and then some.”
With three strong lines, Mr. Meeker said the girls are well rested and ready for the semi-finals.
“Their first game will be Tuesday, February 16 at 5 pm in M’Chigeeng, followed by their second on February 17 in Sudbury and the third, if needed, because it is a best of three series, will be in M’Chigeeng on February 23,” concluded Mr. Meeker.