The Moncton Midget AAA Rockets hosted the 2015 Atlantic Female Midget Hockey Championship this past weekend (April 2nd-5th) at the Red Ball Internet Centre in Moncton, NB. That weekend hosted the provincial winners of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland as well as the host team the Moncton Rockets; who finished 1st in the New Brunswick Female MidgetAAA Hockey League. The Rockets went 5-0 during the weekend, winning the title of Atlantic Champions. They will now represent the Atlantic Region at the 2015 Esso Cup in Red Deer, Alberta April 19th-25th.
During each game, the Rockets defeated Newfoundland 3-1, Prince Edward Island 7-2, New Brunswick 5-3 and Nova Scotia 4-0. The gold medal game on Sunday resulted in a 1-1 tie, followed by a 4 vs 4 overtime period with still no score. During the three-man-shootout, goaltender Brianne Waterman stopped two out of three shots, Morgan Porter of the Rockets scored and Brooke Murphy sealed the banner and title for the team, thus ensuring the team a position at the National tournament.
The game was everything a championship game was meant to be. The Rockets players proved to that hard work and dedication does pay off, and it took a team to win the Female Atlantic championship; not a single individual. Brooke Murphy received the top scorer award of the tournament and Faith Steeves received the Most Valuable Player award. The Rockets will now travel to Red Deer, Alberta, where they will play against the representatives of Ontario, Manitoba, the Pacific Region, Saskatchewan and the Host team. The winner of this tournament will be crowned the Esso Cup National Champions.