Girls’ Hockey Still Undefeated

A large Family Weekend crowd saw Northwood girls hockey take two crucial wins against New York State rivals Syracuse Valley Eagles. One game at a time, the girls are seeking to continue their win streak, which currently stands at 12 games.

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Girls huddle before the first game of the season against OHA (Photo: Mr. Aldridge)

After Saturday morning classes, the girls were ready to go for their first game of the weekend. The puck dropped against Valley Eagles, and the girls were off to a good start when a quick power play opportunity arrived, and the girls made sure to take advantage as Magdalena Erbenova (2020, Defense) capitalized on the power play by scoring a one-timer to give Northwood the lead. Huskies followed when Miranda Bookman (2020, Forward) scored to make it 2-0. The Valley Eagles did not lie down and scored a power play goal to make it 2-1 after one period. The Huskies started the second stanza slowly and the Valley Eagles tied the game. But Northwood responded quickly when Ella Fesette (2022, Forward) buried one in the back of the net. Adding to the Husky lead, Paige Melicant (2022, Forward) fought hard in front of the net to bury her first goal of the season. Heading into the third period, Northwood felt confident with a two-goal lead. Syracuse Valley Eagles cut the lead in half with a goal of their own 13 minutes into the period. With a few minutes left, Valley Eagles pulled their goalie in a desperate attempt to tie the game, but Aimee Headland (2020, Forward) thought differently and buried one into the empty net. Erbenova scored again to give Northwood a 6-3 win.

The following morning the girls looked to continue their hot streak with another game against Syracuse Valley. Midway through the first period, the Huskies were on a power play when Marina Alvarez (2021, Defense) buried one from a pass from Headland in the mid slot. Play for the rest of the period was back and forth and end with a 1-0 advantage for the Huskies. In the second period, Hadley Swedlund (2020, Forward) scored off a tipped point shot from Madison Novotny (2020, Defense). Mackenzie Hull (2021, Forward) would add to the scoreboard to give Northwood a 3-0 lead. Syracuse never gave up and got their first goal of the game with just four minutes left. But that would not be enough. The final buzzer sounded with the Northwood Huskies on top to continue the win streak.

With this weekend’s wins, the Huskies have a record of 12-0 on the season. The girls head off to Burlington, Vermont, for a tournament this weekend where they look to continue making history. Follow the team’s Twitter (@nwgirlshockey) and Instagram (@northwood.girlshockey) for updates year-round.

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