Lady Gens get first ever tournament win as part of week’s action



The General Amherst Lady Gens girls hockey team won the first tournament in the program’s history last week when they won the Wave Senior Girls Holiday Classic in Burlington.

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls hockey team won the first tournament in the program’s history last week when they won the Wave Senior Girls Holiday Classic in Burlington.

By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens girls hockey team won one and tied one in WECSSAA league action but made a little history when they went away for a tournament.

Amherst traveled to Burlington last Thursday to play in the Wave Senior Girls Holiday Classic and won the first tournament in the history of the Lady Gens hockey program. Amherst downed Abbey Park 1-0, lost 5-3 to Burlington Central, downed Iroquois Ridge 3-0 before gaining revenge on Burlington Central in the final by a 2-1 score.

The Lady Gens killed off 16 minutes in penalties in that game before tournament MVP Olivia Gyori scored the winner with 24 seconds left.

Head coach Scott Hamelin said it was a solid effort at the tournament and the Lady Gens pulled it out despite being tired from five games in 24 hours. He said they had to shorten their bench late in the tournament and rely on their senior players to carry them and they did.

“They stepped up and led us,” said Hamelin.

Assistant coach Dan Pettypiece, who was the head coach for the first eight years of the program before reducing his role this season, said it was emotional being there for the first tournament win in program history. He admitted he had a tough choice of whether to stay or come home for another commitment but he chose to stay in Burlington.

“I wanted to be there to witness possibly the first successful tournament,” said Pettypiece. “I’m so glad I stayed. It made it all worth it.”

Pettypiece said he was happy for the players, whom he said work hard and practice hard.

“It was nice to see some success finally come to the program,” he said.

The Lady Gens improved to 5-0 with a convincing 8-0 victory over the Cardinal Carter Cougars last Wednesday at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

Amherst pumped home four goals in the first period to set the tone for the game. Olivia Gyori scored 3:33 into the game with Savannah Bouzide scoring her first of four goals just 23 seconds later.

Gillian Sparling notched her first of two goals of the afternoon at the 7:55 point of the period with Bouzide burying a loose puck in the final minute of the period to make it a 4-0 after one.

Bouzide took advantage of a Cardinal Carter turnover to make it 5-0 4:25 into the second period. Sparling scored at the 7:32 mark by converting on a pass from Rebecca Farmer with Bouzide scoring again 15 seconds later after deking a defender and firing the puck into the top corner.

Sam Morand, who describes herself as a “stay at home defenseman,” played forward in the third period and scored a shorthanded goal 28 seconds into the final frame to round out the scoring.

“I think we are doing really well,” said defenseman Heather Lenson. “I think we are communicating a lot better and playing a lot better as a team.”

“We’re gelling out there,” added Morand.

Morand said the winning the team is doing this year is great for team morale.

“It’s easier to play together when you enjoy it rather than when you are mad,” said Morand.

Lenson stated they are looking forward to closer games. She said it will be fun to play in a game that is more challenging.

Morand joked her period as a forward was “nerve-wracking” but “it was fun, though.”

The Lady Gens saw their league winning streak stopped at five but their unbeaten streak run to six after a 1-1 tie Monday at home. Farmer had the only goal for Amherst before Lajeunesse tied it with a shorthanded goal. Both goals came in the second period.

“Flat” was how Hamelin described Monday’s effort.

“Just a flat game,” he said. “We got outworked. They beat us to the puck in our own end.”

While stating it’s good to see they can come away with a point even though they didn’t play well, Hamelin is looking to see how they bounce back.

“It’s how you rebound after this,” he said.

The Lady Gens will be hosting their first-ever alumni game Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. The current team will square off with players that were part of the first six years of the program.

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