Gaels girls connect late in third for opening hockey win

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – The Guelph CVI Green Gaels erupted for four goals in the third period to hand the Bishop Macdonell Celtics a 5-2 setback as the District 10 high schools girls’ hockey league opened its season Wednesday morning at Exhibition arena.

“We mostly just had the girls say what they saw out there – some of the things we were doing well and some of the things they thought we could improve upon,” Guelph CVI coach Evan Howie said of the team’s talk in the intermission between the second and third periods. “It was just a chance for us to talk as a team and figure out how we could improve. Part of it was just that the puck started to go in for us in the third period. We had shots, we had chances in the first two period but it wasn’t until that third period that things really started to come together.”

“We talked a lot between the periods and we thought that we just needed to skate faster and go to the net and we did start going to the net. There were a lot of rebounds,” said GCVI’s Dana Schaffner who scored two of the goals. “We just skated a lot faster and I thought that talk really helped because everyone was contributing and we working more as a team.”

The teams had been tied 1-1 at the end of the first period after GCVI scored in the opening minute of the period and Bishop Mac responded in the final minute of the period.

The Celtics shot ahead with the only goal of the second before GCVI pulled even again three and a half minutes into the third.

The Gaels added their other three goals in the final four minutes of the game, the three goals being scored in a span of a minute and 14 seconds.

Lorraine Vandermyden also scored twice each for the Gaels while Maddy Krusky had a goal and two assists. Madi Jarvis picked up two assists while single assists were awarded to Emily Harron, Laina Carberry, Olivia Richard, Lexi Hewitt and Sequoia Kim.

Kyle Bernard and Laura Boyle scored for Bishop Mac while Morgan Boudreau, Lawey Crampton and Julia Tonin each had one assist.

Both teams left the game knowing that they have plenty to work on in the coming weeks.

“It was the first game of the season so we’re working on things like communication and for some of the girls, it was their first regular-season game,” Howie said. “We improved as the game went on and if we were going to play one really good period, the third period was the one to do it in.”

“We have to work on getting our passes tape to tape a little more and more communication, for sure,” Schaffner said. “Also with the back-checking, we’re getting there but I find we’re not coming low enough into our zone and we did have a few breakaways which can all be fixed in practice and with simple communication.”

While the final score showed a three-goal difference, it was tied with four minutes to go and both teams took turns applying pressure. The Gaels were glad for a close match to begin the season.

“It’s good to have a close game because you maybe don’t have the same motivation to play properly if it’s a blowout one way or the other whereas if you get a close game, it’s nice to have the intensity where you know it could go either way,” Howie said.

“That was good because it really showed us what the season is going to be about and that we have to work hard every shift every game,” Schaffner said.