19U Southern Flyers Soar In Polar Bear Tourney
From Staff Reports

The Nashville, Tenn.-based Southern Flyers were a first-year 19U girls team competing in a 22-year-old New England ice hockey tournament against teams from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The event was the Polar Bears Girls Ice Hockey Tournament in Hartford, Conn., held between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

While coach Norm McKay and his staff never doubted their team’s ability, heart and desire to win, many among the players and supporters of the 250 teams in the event didn’t expect the Southerners to be competitive at this level.
Surprise, y’all! The Southern Flyer took the 19U-B division title, winning four games, tying one and losing just once.

The Flyers scored one power play goal and two shorthanded markers in the third period to stop the Berwick Academy of New Hampshire 7-1 in the championship game. The two teams had deadlocked 2-2 in a preliminary round match-up.
The third-seeded Flyers’ toughest game came in the semifinal against a squad from Assabet Valley, Mass.

The Flyers were clinging to a 2-1 lead when one of their girls took a penalty with 1:45 left in the third period.

Assabet pulled its goalie for a sixth skater and attacked. The Flyers got a break when their teammate emerged from the penalty box with 15 seconds left, picked up a loose puck at center ice and fired it into the Assabet net.

"What everyone did not know is something I have known since we started the season. This is an exceptional group of young ladies who make it a pleasure to coach," says McKay.


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