Girls Hockey Tops Shamrocks in Season-Opener

If the season-opener revealed anything about the Northwood Girls’ Hockey Team, it is that they are a hard-working bunch. Last Sunday, the girls traveled to Burlington, VT to take on the Vermont Shamrocks. Despite being together for only a few days, the Huskies played with fierce tenacity and showed that, with effort, they can outwork any team.

 

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Senior Aimee Headland in action from last season.

 

The first period was a slow start with the Huskies and Shamrocks going back and forth with offensive possessions. Breaking the puck out was difficult for Northwood, but goaltending was strong and a huge key in their success. Emilie Venne ‘20 (Goaltender)saved all shots in her first Northwood game.

In the second period, the pace began to pick up as the Huskies got more scoring opportunities even though they experienced more penalty kills than five-on-five play. Despite the many penalties, the girls kept their pace up and shut down the Shamrocks at every opportunity. Courtney Fairchild ‘20 (Goaltender) stopped all shots in goal.

The Huskies played best in the third period. In the first two minutes of that stanza, Miranda Bookman ‘20 (Forward) netted the first goal of the season off a shot from the slot on the power play. About ten minutes later, Illiana Smith ‘22 (Forward) scored her first Northwood goal off a rebound. Rachel Hinkley ‘21 (Goaltender) saved all shots in her first appearance in Northwood blue.

With this weekend’s win, the Huskies start at 1-0 on the season. The girls will be playing in a two-game series against Niagara at home on the weekend of the twenty-ninth.

Follow the Northwood Girls hockey twitter (@nwgirlshockey) for live play-by-play updates year round.

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