Girl’s Hockey Falls Short in NAPHA League Championship

The girls hockey team traveled to Port Hope, ON this past weekend to compete in the NAPHA league championship tournament. The Huskies were 1st seed in the MacLeod division heading into the tournament and secured that title after going undefeated in the round robin play. The girls went 3-1 on the weekend, ultimately placing 2nd in the league.

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Ashley Davis ’17/PG makes a stop in recent action at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

In the first game of the weekend the girls faced off against Hoosac School. The game got off to a quick start as Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) scored just 30 seconds into the game, giving the Huskies a 1-0 jump. Just a few minutes later Miranda Bookman (Forward, 2020) extended the lead 2-0 on a similar shot. In the second period Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019) and Hannah Rose (Defense, 2018) added one a piece to extend the lead to 4-0 by the end of the period. A few minutes into the third the puck was boggled in front of the net leading to an uncharacteristic goal against the Huskies, cutting the lead to 4-1. Just a few minutes later the girls responded as Kendall Dubin (Forward, 2018) scored to make it 5-1. Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) and Olivia Skriloff (Goalie, 2018) combined in net for the win.

 

Stepping into the game against KES the Huskies were looking for redemption and were ready to collect. About halfway through the first Keely Rose (Forward, 2018) spun a beautiful pass to Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) who capitalized on an offensive rush to take the early lead 1-0. Play continued on into the second with KES having most of the offensive opportunities. Late in the second KES was able to hold the puck in the Huskies’ zone for over two minutes, ultimately capitalizing off a tip in front to tie the game 1-1. As the third period began KES conditioned to control the play with few Husky opportunities. KES was able to score on a rush to take the lead 1-2 with just over 10 minutes remaining. With time ticking down Tsukimoto came up large scoring the game tying goal to push the game to overtime. In overtime KES was able to create 3 breakaways and 2 odd man rushes but the senior class came up big as Sierra Benjamin (Defense, 2018) rushed the puck and scored with three seconds remaining to win the game 3-2. Davis posted the OT win in net.

Going into the third game of the weekend the Huskies needed a win to secure their 1st place position in the MacLeod Division, as well as give them an opportunity to compete in the championship game the following afternoon. The game started out at an even pace however midway into the first Northwood was assessed three penalties in one play. These calls put the Huskies down on a 5 on 3 for over two minutes. After controlling the puck in their offensive zone RNS was able to score to back to back goals to take the lead 0-2. Before the end of the period Sierra Benjamin (Defense, 2018) scored backdoor on the power play to cut the lead to 1-2. In the second period Miranda Bookman (Forward, 2020) tied the game 2-2 with a dump in on net that bounced in the Huskies favor. Just a few minutes later Benjamin scored her second goal of the game to take the lead 3-2. The Huskies went into the third period with the lead, yet RNS was able to tie the game 3-3 on the power play. For the remainder of the period the play was even and overtime was forced for the second time of the day. The Huskies dominated play in OT and with two minutes remaining Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019) scored blocker side to seal the 4-3 win. Davis posted the OT win in net.

Being in the championship game was the Huskies’ long-term goal for the season and they had finally achieved it. The game started with Stanstead controlling the play but the Huskies’ defense was locked down for the majority of the first. Staying out of the penalty box proved to be the biggest challenge yet again for the Huskies as they were caught down two men on a 5 on 3. Stanstead was able to capitalize late on their power play opportunity off a rebound in front of the net, taking the lead 0-1. Just a minute later, on their second power play Stansted scored backdoor to take the 0-2 lead into the second period. The second period was more of the same as the Huskies continued to struggle to remain at even strength. Stansted was able to score two more goals pushing their lead to 0-4, one on the power play and one at even strength. In the third Miranda Bookman (Forward, 2020) was able to cut down the lead on an odd man rush, making the game 1-4. In the final minutes of play Stanstead netted one more goal on the power play to finish the game 1-5. Davis stopped 42 of 48 shots in the loss.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 30-14-6 on the season. This coming Saturday the girls will host CP Dynamo at the Olympic Center to celebrate Senior Day as the season comes to an end.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

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