Lady Gens raise $1,200 with charity hockey game

By Joel Charron

The season may be just about over for the General Amherst Lady Gens hockey team, but that’s not stopping them for having a little fun.

Last Monday the Lady Gens held the Corey Meloche “Skate for a Cure” Charity Hockey Game at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

Amherst squared off against the Harrow Rams.

The game is named after former Amherst girls captain Corey Meloche, who died tragically last year.

“She was the driving force and the reason there is a girl’s hockey team at Amherst. Her tenacity and spirit will never be forgotten,” said head coach Dan Pettypiece.

The proceeds raised from the charity game will go towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Greg Pillon.

Zak Parlette drops the puck for Amherst’s Sydney Meloche and Harrow’s Jessi Pillon for the ceremonial puck drop.

Pettypiece said Pillon has been involved with girl’s hockey for several years in Harrow and also coaches the Lajeunesse Girl’s High School team. Pillon attended the game.

“Girl’s hockey is much better with volunteers like him involved in the game,” Pettypiece said.

Corey’s sister Sydney Meloche and Pillon’s daughter Jessi Pillon took part in a ceremonial face off before the game.

The game was a lighthearted affair with both teams out to have fun. There were only two periods with a skills competition in between periods.

Amherst scored in the first period to take the lead, however Harrow answered back with two goals of their own. The Lady Gens tied the game before the end of the period.

During the intermission, Pettypiece held a “crazy skills competition,” which included events such as: a pig shoot, human luge and a sled race. Harrow edged Amherst 2-1 in the skills competition.

“I kept the events a secret all week,” said Pettypiece. “Everyone seemed to have fun with it.”

Harrow restored their lead in the final period. However, Amherst scored the tying goal with time winding down, which led to a shootout.

Harrow won the shootout on the fifth shooter to steal a 4-3 victory.

“Tonight was awesome,” said Amherst’s goalie Kelly Lamothe. “It was nice to get out there and have some fun.”

Lamothe said after the skills competition the intensity level rose because the girls wanted to win.

“After the skills competition the fun and games were over and it was time to get to business,” Lamothe said.

Pettypiece said it is important to hold events like this because it teaches the girls to give back to the community.

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