Lady Gens open hockey season with 1-1 tie

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens hockey team kicked off the 2012 campaign at the UCCU Complex Monday afternoon.

The Lady Gens battled Lajeunesse to a spirited 1-1 tie.

Amherst opened the scoring late in the first period with Olivia Gyori finding the back of the net.

Lajeunesse kept Amherst goaltender, Kellyanne Lamothe on her toes, peppering her with shots, however the Lady Gens netminder kept the back of the net clean including shutting down the visiting team on a couple of breakaways.

Lajeunesse was finally able to solve Lamothe after a bouncing puck got behind the defense and Lajeunesse’s Morgan Simard was able to slide the puck past a sprawling Lamothe with just over three minutes to play in the final frame.

Time would expire before either team could find a go ahead goal.

 

Amherst’s Jenna Meloche (white) tries to poke check the puck away from a Lajeunesse player

“I think we played really good as a team,” said Lamothe. “We were passing well, we were throwing pucks at the net when we had the chance and I thought we played very aggressively.”

Lamothe said the Lady Gens were looking to come out strong in the season opener to send a message to the rest of the teams that Amherst “isn’t going to be a push over.”

“We want to show teams that we are not here to lose, we are here to win,” she said.

Head coach Dan Pettypiece credited Lamothe for keeping the Lady Gens in the game.

“Our goaltending definitely kept us alive,” he said. “They were all over us.”

With seven Grade 9’s on this years squad, Pettypiece said the Lady Gens were nervous in the early stages of the game, however as soon as the Lady Gens calmed down, they were able to execute their game plan.

“You could tell they were gripping their stick a little tight and throwing the puck away,” he said. “But once the game progressed we took better control of the game.”

Pettypiece noted that this year’s squad is an “exciting group of kids” who are “full of energy.”

Pettypiece understands with such a young team there are going to be some growing pains, however, Pettypiece said the coaching staff is excited to work with them.

“We are so thrilled that this group has finally come together,” he said.

The Lady Gens next home game is Wed. Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m.

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