Nimegeers, 13, is currently taking the ice with Draft Day North America at the World Selects Invitational Under-14 tournament. If that sounds like an interesting experience, that’s because it is – the competition is part of a series of WSI events set in some of the most beautiful settings in the world, with Nimegeers and her crew currently playing in none other than Chamonix, France in the middle of the French Alps.
The competition Draft Day has faced through the first part of the tournament hasn’t been easy, either, as they currently sit with a 1-2-1 record, with every game decided by two goals at most.
Draft Day opened their tournament Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to SHD Global before taking a 3-2 overtime win over the Italy Selects.
Nimegeers – who is coming off a stunning campaign with the South Saskatchewan champion Pee Wee Mavericks, where she scored 49 goals and 63 points in 10 games – scored Draft Day’s first goal against Italy. Mississauga’s MacKenzie Alexander had a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime.
Draft Day was back in action Thursday morning when they took on the East Coast Selects. Despite being outshot 23-7 in the first period, Nimegeers and her teammates only found themselves down 2-1 after the first, with Alexander scoring their lone goal. Unfortunately, the second period was scoreless and they’d settle for a 2-1 loss.
Nimegeers was back on the scoresheet in Draft Day’s second game Thursday, as she picked up an assist on her team’s second goal in a 2-0 win over the Finland Selects.
Etobicoke, Ont.’s Jesslyn Bach opened scoring for North America 54 seconds into the game and was followed 2:06 later by Pownal, P.E.I.’s Kailey Lutley, with Nimegeers drawing her assist on the goal.
Draft Day North America close out their tournament Friday when they taking on the Germany Selects (0-4) before returning home Sunday.