Lady Gens down Belle River in best effort since Christmas break

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens have played three games since the Christmas break but their best effort was their most recent effort.

Despite a pair of road wins last week – a 4-0 win at Sandwich Jan. 11 and a 1-0 win at Holy Names last Thursday – the Lady Gens’ return home Monday afternoon was their best of the bunch according to the coaches. General Amherst (4-1-1) downed Belle River 4-0 at the Libro Centre with Savannah Bouzide scoring three goals and Brianne Fields the other.

General Amherst's Carly Renaud (yellow jersey) looks for a loose puck against Belle River Jan. 18. The Lady Gens won 4-0.

General Amherst’s Carly Renaud (yellow jersey) looks for a loose puck against Belle River Jan. 18. The Lady Gens won 4-0.

The team’s offense hasn’t been clicking on all cylinders and Monday’s game saw the intensity level the coaches want, with assistant coach Dan Pettypiece stating that head coach Scott Hamelin told the girls that before Monday’s game.

“He wants them to step it up,” said Hamelin. “He’s looking for some secondary scoring too.”

Bouzide scored six of her team’s nine goals over the past three games and Pettypiece said Hamelin and the rest of the coaches want others to step up, particularly with four big games coming up against St. Anne, Villanova and rematches with Belle River and Sandwich.

“There are some good hockey players on this team,” said Pettypiece.

Some girls were panicking with the puck in last week’s games but Monday’s game saw them be better in that respect, Pettypiece continued. He said when they do the simple things well, the better they tend to be.

“This is the best game so far since the break,” said Pettypiece.

The Lady Gens are looking to repeat as WECSSAA and SWOSSAA A/AA champions but need better efforts to do so, the coaches believe.

Cate Hubbell plays the puck along the boards during Amherst’s 4-0 win over Belle River Monday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

Cate Hubbell plays the puck along the boards during Amherst’s 4-0 win over Belle River Monday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

“They can’t do it being as complacent as we were,” said Pettypiece. “Complacency will cost us in the long run.”

Fields said Hamelin’s pre-game speech about complacency and wanting a better effort paid off.

“It helped a lot,” said Fields. “It was the reason we won.”

Fields said beating Belle River was important as they will play in the same division in the playoffs. She said Monday’s game was “a really good game for our team.

“I think it opened some eyes,” she said. “We got a taste of how we played last year.”

The Lady Gens are at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore Thursday for the game against St. Anne and will be the visiting team Jan. 25 against the Villanova Wildcats at the Libro Centre.

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