Two Skowhegan Excessive College gamers and one from Cheverus Excessive College in Portland have been named the finalists for the Miss Maine Area Hockey Award which can be introduced on the Maine Area Hockey Affiliation banquet on Dec. 3 on the Augusta Civic Middle.
Skowhegan’s Laney LeBlanc and Layla Conway and Cheverus’ Lily Johnson are the finalists and have led their respective groups to the highest seed within the Class A North and South Heal Factors standings, respectively.
The award goes to the highest senior participant within the state.
LeBlanc, a flexible midfielder who may play ahead or within the again, has scored 11 objectives and notched 12 assists this season regardless of lacking 4 video games on account of a concussion for the River Hawks.
“Laney sees the entire discipline, has a extremely excessive discipline hockey IQ and her stickwork is superb,” mentioned Skowhegan head coach and Maine Sports activities Corridor of Famer Paula Doughty.
LeBlanc is a two-time MFHA All-State first staff choice; a two-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Convention Participant of the 12 months and three-time All-KVAC Class A primary staff alternative.
LeBlanc, a River Hawk captain, has 50 objectives and 60 assists for her profession and can attend the College of New England in Biddeford subsequent season.
Conway, a ahead, has scored 23 objectives and added 10 assists this fall.
She is a two-time KVAC first-teamer and was a MFHA all-state first-teamer final season.
“Layla is a finisher. She has a fast stick and a nostril for the aim,” mentioned Doughty who added that Conway is among the prime six all-time scorers at Skowhegan along with her 88 objectives and 31 assists.
She has verbally dedicated to attend Bentley College in Massachusetts.
Like LeBlanc, she can be a captain and Doughty mentioned each of them have been “nice leaders” who’ve been very concerned locally and in teaching children.
Defending state champ Skowhegan, 14-1, will face fifth seed Edward Little of Auburn, 9-6, at Thomas Faculty in Waterville on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in an A North semifinal.
Johnson, a midfielder, is the recipient of the 2023 Religion Littlefield Participant of the 12 months Award within the Southwestern Maine Actions Affiliation. She is a three-time All-SMAA first teamer and a two-time MFHA All-State alternative.
Johnson has 12 objectives and 13 assists this season for the undefeated Stags, who’re 15-0 heading right into a Tuesday A South semifinal towards No. 4 Scarborough, 9-6.
Doughty, whose River Hawks have confronted Cheverus within the final two state title video games, mentioned Johnson is an excellent participant.
“She has nice stickwork and he or she’s a fantastic passer,” mentioned Doughty.
Johnson has dedicated to Boston College.