Lady Gens hockey season comes to an end



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens hockey season has come to an end.

The Lady Gens were defeated in two straight games by L’Essor with the second game being in Tecumseh last Wednesday. General Amherst lost 3-2 in the second game, with L’Essor winning the WECSSAA AA championship as a result.

Assistant coach Dan Pettypiece said L’Essor built a 3-0 lead though noted the Lady Gens were almost able to tie the score. General Amherst scored with six minutes left and again a few minutes later but were unable to find the elusive tying goal.

“We almost tied it up. We had some chances,” said Pettypiece.


With goalie Megan Wismer on the bench late in the game for an extra attacker, Pettypiece said he counted at least two or three good chances.

When the score was 1-0, Pettypiece said they almost tied it at that point but captain Emily Hamelin was turned aside by a great save by the L’Essor goalie. Hamelin did score later in the game, as did Jaycie Stanek.

“With only 11 skaters and you shorten your bench, if your better players are not getting any luck or bounces, it can be tough to come back,” said Pettypiece.

It was emotional after the game, as this was the final high school game for five key players including Savannah Bouzide, Wismer, Katie Stevenson, Brianne Fields and Emily Hamelin. Pettypiece added that head coach Scott Hamelin also announced he wasn’t going to come back next year.

“That’s a big five,” said Pettypiece. “That’s the core of the team the last four years.”

The Lady Gens have been to the WECSSAA AA finals the last four years in large part due to the efforts of those players.

“That’s pretty tough to do,” he said. “They’ve got a lot to be proud of.”

General Amherst does return some talented players as well and they will try and keep the finals streak going. Pettypiece said the last four years have shown girls can come to General Amherst and play competitive hockey and there are more good players coming through the hockey system.

The last four years “kind of brought the program to the forefront,” said Pettypiece.

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