2019 esso cup team preview hfx

Road to the 2019 Esso Cup: Halifax Fire

With plenty of experience, the Atlantic Region champions look to blaze a trail in Sudbury

Quinton Amundson
April 18, 2019

The Halifax Fire is making its first appearance as a club at the Esso Cup in Sudbury, but some of the players are quite familiar with Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

Nine members of the Fire played with the Metro Boston Pizza team that hosted the Esso Cup in Bridgewater, N.S., last year. This veteran experience, combined with the skills and enthusiasm of the younger players on this team, generated 22 wins in 24 games for the Fire in their debut season in the NSFMHL.

Strong goaltending, a daunting offence and a tight defence kept Halifax humming the entire season. Head coach Lou Lanceleve said his squad rounded into playoff form at the Tournoi de hockey féminin de Québec in early February, going a solid 3-1-2 against competition from Ontario and the host province.

Exposure to fierce out-of-province competition prepared the Fire for the highs and lows that come with the postseason. While the Fire easily outscored their semifinal opponent, the Cape Breton Panthers, 19-4 in a three-game sweep, they fell behind 2-0 to the Northern Selects in the best-of-three NSFMHL final. However, Halifax rallied with three straight wins to defeat the defending Nova Scotia and Atlantic Region champions.

Not one opponent at regionals could douse the Fire. Halifax won all five of its games, capped off with a 5-2 triumph over the Northern Lightning to book its spot at the Esso Cup.

Lanceleve has a clear idea of what his players need to do to achieve success in Sudbury.

“Success for us is respecting the opposition but not over-respecting them,” he says. “I find that a lot of times teams come from this region and pay too much attention to who they’re playing instead of playing their own game. To me, if you accept that someone is going to beat you, you give them that extra step. I’m not willing to do that.”


Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League
Semifinal: defeated Cape Breton Panthers 3-0 (7-1, 6-1, 6-2)
NSFMHL championship: defeated Northern Selects 3-2 (4-5, 1-2, 6-3, 3-2 SO, 2-0)

Atlantic Regional
Preliminary round: 4-0 – first place (defeated Western Wind 5-1, defeated Eastern Ice Breakers 8-1, defeated Fundy Nationals 9-1, defeated Northern Lightning 5-4 SO)
Championship game: defeated Northern Lightning 5-2


Record (W-OTW-OTL-L): 18-4-0-2 (2nd in NSFMHL)
Goals for: 135 (2nd in NSFMHL)
Goals against: 38 (1st in NSFMHL)
Longest winning streak: 9 (Dec. 15 -Feb. 17)
Top 3 scorers:
- Ellen Laurence – 46G 24 70P (1st in NSFMHL)
- Jillian Duggan – 23G 26A 49P (5th in NSFMHL)
- Hannah MacNeil – 14G 20A 34P (8th in NSFMHL)


Record: 10-3
Goals for: 67
Goals against: 25
Top 3 scorers:
- Ellen Laurence – 12G 20A 32P
- Jillian Duggan – 13G 9A 22P
- Chloe Delano – 10G 8A 18P


First appearance


plays with intensity … big-game goaltender … solid technical ability … finds a way to make the save

Swiss army knife … plays a strong 200-foot game … plays tough minutes … calm and patient on the PP

dynamic forward … gifted goal scorer … has a nose for the net … tenacious checker … plays with confidence

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

Recent News
Most Popular
2024 WPHC: CAN 2 – USA 1 (Gold Medal)
Kingsmill was sensational, backstopping Canada to a world title.
2024 WPHC: CAN 2 – CHN 1 (Semifinal)
Kovacevich and Cozzolino scored to send Canada to play for gold.
2024 WPHC: CAN 5 – CZE 1 (Preliminary)
Dunn and McGregor had 2G each as Canada capped a perfect prelims.
2024 WPHC: CAN 10 – ITA 0 (Preliminary)
McGregor scored four goals to help Canada to its second win.