An all-star at Saint Mary’s
After backstopping the Saint Mary’s Huskies to a huge turnaround season in AUS (Atlantic University Sports) women’s hockey, goaltender Sienna Cooke landed two postseason awards from the conference.
The Surrey native was named the AUS Rookie of the Year and was voted to the first all-star team last week.
The 18-year-old ranked third in the AUS with a .934 save percentage, and was sixth with a 1.86 goals against average. She was the conference leader in saves with 506, and minutes played at 1,160.
The Huskies were 1-22-1 (won-loss-overtime loss) and in the Atlantic league basement a year ago. Cooke started in goal for 19 of 24 games this season, and with a 10-9-0 record helped Saint Mary’s to a third place finish at 12-8-4.
“Cookie has a real passion and love for the game that is contagious,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Chris Larade. “She has come in and just ran with the challenge she was given. She is very coachable and is also on pace to become an Academic all-Canadian in her rookie year. She has been a great addition to our program both on and off the ice.”
The Huskies placed second in the AUS playoffs. Cooke was in goal for two round robin wins, making 63 saves and allowing just two goals in a 4-1 win over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues, and a 3-1 decision against the St. Thomas Tommies.
In the championship game, Saint Mary’s fell 4-1 to the St. Francis Xavier X-Women. Cooke was named as goaltender on the tournament all-star team.