Team Harvey’s separated themselves from the rest of the pack at the second stop of the PWHPA’s Secret Dream Gap Tour in Truro, N.S. this weekend.
The team, which includes national team members from USA and Canada including Marie-Philip Poulin, Ann-Renee Desbiens, Lee Stecklein and Jamie Lee Rattray, among others, went undefeated winning each of their three games.
To open the weekend, Team Harvey’s edged Team Adidas 4-3 in overtime. Harvey’s received goals from Hayley Scamurra, Jessie Eldridge and Alexa Gruschow in regulation.
Sarah Nurse scored a pair, including one of the weekend’s prettiest goals, grabbing a turnover before breaking in and freezing Desbiens with a deke in the opening period for Team Adidas.
In overtime, however, it was 'Captain Clutch' herself, Marie-Philip Poulin who scored the winner.
Facing Team Sonnet next, Team Harvey’s was dominant, easily skating to a 6-2 win. After scoring the winner in Game 1 of the weekend, Poulin potted her second goal to open the scoring. Jamie Lee Rattray carried Team Harvey’s the rest of the way by scoring twice and adding an assist en route to being named the game’s first star.
In their final game of the weekend, Team Harvey’s steamrolled Team Scotiabank. Poulin and Rattray scored again as did national team members Stecklein, Emily Clark and Laura Fortino to lift their squad to a 5-1 victory. Stecklein had four points on the night and was the game’s first star.
Dream Gap Tour Stop 2 – Top Five Performers
- Marie-Philip Poulin – Team Harvey’s: 'Captain Clutch' scored the overtime winner to open the showcase weekend and looked like she could control each game at any moment. Truly the best in the world, Poulin shared the spotlight but was central in Team Harvey’s puck possession throughout the weekend. She scored again in Harvey’s final win, consistently contributing each shift.
- Sarah Nurse – Team Adidas: She had the game-winner for Team Adidas in their 5-3 victory over Team Scotiabank. In her opening game of the weekend, Nurse scored a pair, twice tying the game for Team Adidas who came the closest to beating Team Harvey’s of any team before falling in overtime. Nurse’s incredible individual effort on her first-period goal was a highlight of the weekend as she blew past the defenders and deked out Team Canada netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens.
- Abby Roque – Team Sonnet: Roque continued to show why she’s one of the most dangerous players in the world in the slot after scoring a pair of goals against Team Adidas. When she has the puck in scoring position, it often ends up in the net. When she’s not in scoring position, Roque is bullish on finding space and driving to the net. She opened the scoring for the weekend against Team Scotiabank as well.
- Lee Stecklein – Team Harvey’s: In international competition, Stecklein has separated herself as one of the best defenders in the world. With that in mind, it’s no surprise she was one of the best blueliners in the PWHPA this showcase. Driving offense throughout the weekend for Team Harvey’s, Stecklein culminated her performance as the first star scoring a power-play goal and collecting three assists in a 5-1 win over Team Scotiabank.
- Jamie Lee Rattray – Team Harvey’s: Rattray was a threat all weekend, including scoring twice and adding an assist as the player of the game against Team Sonnet. She was a key reason her team went undefeated.
The next stop on the Secret Dream Gap Tour is scheduled for Nov. 26-27 in Pittsburgh.