Girl’s Hockey Splits Weekend With Nichols School

The Girl’s Hockey team traveled to Syracuse on January 20-21 to compete against league rivals Nichols School. They split the weekend, going 1-1 and collecting 2 league points.

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Marina Alvarez ‘21 rushing the puck out of the defensive zone

The first game was high pressure, as both teams were looking to make a statement. The play was back and forth in the beginning, but by the end of the first the Huskies were able to take control of the offense. Despite controlling the tempo, the girls were unable to crack the Nichols defense for the entirety of the game. With about three minutes left in the third, Nichols caught an offensive break when the puck took a bounce out in front to a lone Nichols forward who buried the game winning goal on a deke. Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) saved 17 of 18 shots in the 0-1 loss.

The following morning the two teams faced off again. This matchup was much more physical, which lead to many more penalties in favor of the Huskies. A few minutes into the game, Nichols struck first and maintained their 0-1 lead into the second period. Despite being down by one, the Huskies battled back and used Nichols physicality against them. On the first power play Marina Alvarez (Defense, 2021) broke the Nichols defense to tie the game 1-1. In a matter of minutes Nichols was penalized three times, giving the Huskies a 5 on 3 man advantage. The girls took advantage of the man up opportunity as Keeley Rose (Forward, 2018) scored backdoor to take the lead 2-1. Due to the three penalties called earlier, the Huskies remained with a 5 on 3 man advantage for over another minute. After controlling the play in the offensive zone for a short time more, Nicki Kendrick (Forward, 2018) was able to knock in a rebound out in front to extend the lead 3-1 going into the third. The third period was more of the same. Many more body contact calls on Nichols lead to more power play opportunities for the Huskies, who were able to get one more before time expired. Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) capped off the 4-1 win by scoring a top shelf power play goal late in the third.  Courtney Fairchild (Goalie, 2020) saved 13 of 14 shots.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 25-9-5 on the season. Next weekend, the Huskies travel to Stanstead College to play their final 4-game NAPHA weekend before playoffs.

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