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Cape Breton Eagles goaltender stops every shot in QMJHL debut | Globalnews.ca

The “Rhyah Show” was on in Sydney on Friday night as the first player in Cape Breton Eagles franchise history stepped onto the ice and received a standing ovation after her debut that didn’t disappoint.

Rhyah Stewart, a 16-year-old goaltender from Antigonish, NS, stopped all 24 shots in 30 minutes of play during a pre-season game against the Moncton Wildcats when she became the first woman from the Maritimes to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

The young goalie, who recently started with Team Canada’s U-18 women’s team in a narrow win against USA, left the ice midway through the second period with a perfect record.

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“Standing ovation as Rhyah Stewart walks out of this game after saving all 24 shots against her,” the Cape Breton Eagles wrote on social media, as hundreds of fans at the Center 200 stood up and applauded their efforts.

The Eagles lost the game 5-3.

In an interview with Global News on Thursday, Stewart described her experience at Eagles training camp as “an honor” and said she’s adjusting to the faster pace of play quickly.

“It’s something I’ve always aspired to, but I never knew if I could do it,” she said.

Scott Gouthro, the Eagles’ goalie advisor, said the teen has “not missed a moment” since joining the team after returning from her stint with Hockey Canada.

“If we didn’t think she could attend, she wouldn’t be here now,” he said. “She’s earned every right to be here at camp with these guys and she’s done a fantastic job.”

Stewart’s performance on Friday added her to a list of only three women to have appeared in the QMJHL.

Eagles head coach Louis Robitaille said Stewart hasn’t looked out of place in practice so far and fits in perfectly with her teammates.

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“I’m not about boys or girls … it’s about making sure you have the opportunity when you deserve it, and it does,” he said.

“As an organization, we felt they deserved a chance to be here.”

The Eagles will have one final preseason opportunity to defeat the Wildcats when they travel to Moncton’s Avenir Center on September 8th.


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