Lady Gens remain undefeated in high school girls hockey action

 

Savannah Bouzide scores her second of three goals by beating Essex goalie Maddy Tulett last Wednesday. Amherst won 4-1.

Savannah Bouzide scores her second of three goals by beating Essex goalie Maddy Tulett last Wednesday. Amherst won 4-1.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens hockey team remains undefeated after a pair of victories last week.

The Lady Gens played both games away from home with the second of two games being at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The Lady Gens downed the Essex Red Raiders 4-1 last Wednesday afternoon thanks to three goals by Savannah Bouzide.

It was Brianne Fields, though, who would open the scoring as her shot from the blue line found the back of the net at the 7:26 point of the first period.

Hailey Kennedy tied the score for Essex 3:18 into the second period but Bouzide scored at the 4:26 mark to give General Amherst a 2-1 lead after two periods.

Bouzide scored twice more in the third period, the first being a wrist shot fired over the shoulder of Essex goalie Maddy Tulett at the 5:25 mark of the period while the second, scored at 9:05, saw Bouzide find a loose puck in the crease and bury it into the back of the net.

Assists were only awarded on the last goal with Rebecca and Megan Farmer getting the helpers.

Lady Gens head coach Scott Hamelin said the team was “a little sluggish” against the Red Raiders but picked it up as the game went on. He added the coaching staff wants to see the girls finish their chances once they get them.

“We had quite a few breakaways,” he said. “We have to capitalize on our chances.”

Hamelin said the Lady Gens were “solid from the net out” and noted some girls were playing new roles against the Red Raiders.

“We changed things a little bit and put the kids in different positions,” said Hamelin. “Once we adjusted, things were good.”

Gillian Sparling and Emily Hamelin were happy with their effort against Essex.

“It was pretty good,” said Sparling. “The other team was pretty rough.”

Sparling said starting slow is something they have been doing but they pick up a faster pace as the game goes on.

“We are hoping to make it to OFSAA this year,” said Sparling.

Hamelin added their goaltending was sharp again.

“(Goalie) Megan (Wismer) played really well,” she said.

Two days earlier, Wismer picked up the shutout in a 5-0 win over Lajeunesse at South Windsor Arena. Bouzide picked up a goal and an assist while Olivia Gyori did the same. Fields, Jenna Meloche, and Maria Goggin also scored for the Lady Gens. Renee Reid picked up two assists while Megan Farmer, Sparling and Sam Morand also had assists.

The Lady Gens have one regular season game remaining as they play Tecumseh Vista Academy this week at the WFCU Centre. Playoffs begin the week of Feb. 4.

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