Quite possibly one of the most athletically gifted competitors in women’s hockey, Carolyne Prevost adds to an already stellar sporting legacy with another great performance. Competing in her first-ever CBHA Nationals, Prevost proved that she was equally adept at excelling on the ball hockey court as she is on the frozen perimeter of ice hockey.
Recruited to compete for the Toronto Shamrocks, Prevost was joined by a handful of familiar faces. Among them were the likes of Meagan Aarts, Julie Allen, Lexie Hoffmeyer, Holly Carrie-Mattimoe and Kristy Zamora, all members of the CWHL’s Toronto Furies, Prevost’s club team during the women’s ice hockey season.
In addition, Furies alum Jenny Brine (who scored the event’s gold-medal clinching goal), along with Brampton Thunder rising star Jamie Lee Rattray (who won the CBHA Nationals with the Vanier Mooseheads in 2014) joined the Shamrocks, only adding to the prestige of the roster. Of note, Rattray, who also joined Prevost in the inaugural CWHL All-Star Game in December 2014 enjoyed the rare opportunity to be linemates,
“In the beginning of the tournament, I was on a line with Jamie Lee Rattray and Jessica Allen. Since the first game, there has been a rotation with various players.
Many girls from the Furies play ball hockey on Wednesday nights. They invited me to join the league. This year is my debut at the CBHA Nationals and it is great to play in another sport.
I am excited to be here. It is an opportunity to be part of a great competition. It has been exciting to play against teams from other provinces.”
In her debut at the CBHA Nationals, an August 11th match against the defending National Champion Vanier Mooseheads, Prevost scored a goal. Before the preliminary round play would expire, Prevost would add another against the BC Benders.
With a rematch against the Mooseheads in the medal round, Prevost earned an assist on the game’s first goal, scored by Jenny Brine. Of note, said goal stood as the game-winning tally in a 2-0 shutout that allowed the Shamrocks to advance to the gold medal game. Despite such success, Prevost concedes that there was an adjustment,
“It has been an adjustment compared to the ice. You get used to the rules but it is different because you cannot glide on the ice. With the ball, you learn how to move your feet.”
Playing against Newfoundland United in the CBHA gold medal game, Prevost scored the game’s first goal, providing the Shamrocks with the 1-0 advantage. Although Brine’s heroics in overtime would bring the green and white their second national title in four years, Prevost’s performance established herself as one to watch in ball hockey’s exciting future.
Adding to the jubilation of such a breakthrough performance at the event was the fact that Prevost was able to add another championship to her amazing career. From winning a pair of NCAA Frozen Four championships with Wisconsin in 2009 and 2011, to capturing a Clarkson Cup with the Furies in 2014, the CBHA national title only solidifies Prevost’s standing as a winner.
The fact that Aarts, Allen, Hoffmeyer, Carrie-Mattimoe and Zamora were part of the Clarkson Cup triumph makes the CBHA national title an essential part of Furies lore,
“It was a great experience for the Furies players to play together. With the group of girls on the team, I know them well and we are familiar with each other. It is definitely great to win with these girls again. Anytime you play in a tournament, you hope to win.”
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”
Photo: (Left to right) Furies players Holly Carrie-Mattimoe, Lexie Hoffmeyer, Julie Allen, Meagan Aarts, Prevost and Kristy Zamora all smiles after winning the CBHA Nationals with the Shamrocks. Image obtained from Instagram