Local roundup: McPherson honoured, Lavoie wins gold

University of Vermont goalie Jessie McPherson of Chatham has been named to the Hockey East all-rookie team.

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McPherson named to all-rookie team

University of Vermont goalie Jessie McPherson of Chatham has been named to the Hockey East all-rookie team.

“It’s always great to see players on your team recognized by the other league coaches for their impact,” Vermont Catamounts head coach Jim Plumer said in a statement. “…  Jessie has brought a fiery competitive spirit to our team and it has raised the level of play for our entire goaltending corps.  She has had an outstanding rookie year and has been a key component to our success this season.”

McPherson had a 1.57 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and 4-3-0 record in the regular season. She didn’t allow a goal in her first two career starts and finished with three shutouts.

She won two Hockey East weekly awards, first as the defensive player of the week Jan. 5 and then as the rookie of the week Jan. 11. She was also named to the watch list for the Women’s Hockey Goalie of the Year Award to be presented by the Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association.

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Despite starting the final six regular-season games for No. 4-seeded Vermont, McPherson didn’t dress for a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Maine in a Hockey East quarter-final Sunday.

Lavoie golden at five-medal meet

Delta State University junior Madison Lavoie of Wheatley finished with five medals – three gold and two silver – at the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference championships in Cleveland, Miss.

Lavoie won gold in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.50 on the meet’s final day Saturday.

She won silver in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.42 seconds Friday and was fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.88.

Earlier in the meet, she won gold with Delta State’s 200 and 400 medley relay teams and silver in the 200 individual medley.

The Lady Statesmen were second in the women’s team standings.

The NCAA Division II championships will be March 17-20 in Birmingham, Ala.

Sabourin fifth in Horizon League

Oakland University sophomore Payton Sabourin of Chatham was fifth in the women’s 400 metres in 58.95 seconds at the Horizon League indoor track and field championships Sunday in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Sabourin was also 15th in the 200 metres in 26.41 seconds.

On Monday, she helped the Golden Grizzlies to a fifth-place finish in the 4×400-metre relay in 4:01.15.

Oakland was third in the women’s team standings.

Konecny removed from COVID-19 list

Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny of Clachan has been removed from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.

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He reportedly skated Monday and is scheduled to join the Flyers in Pittsburgh, where they’ll play Tuesday night.

Konecny missed five games while spending two weeks on the COVID-19 list. He was the Flyers’ last player on the list.

He has eight points in 12 games this season.

Konecny, who’ll turn 24 on March 11, is in his fifth NHL season.

Verbeek playing in Canadiens’ system

Ex-Chatham Maroons forward Hayden Verbeek has shuffled between the Montreal Canadiens’ taxi squad and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Laval Rocket, since returning from Slovakia.

The Canadiens loaned him to Slovakian team HC Banska Bystrica to start the season.

Verbeek is in his third pro campaign. He’s yet to play in the NHL.

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