Lady Gens repeat as WECSSAA A/AA girls hockey champions


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens girls hockey team won their second straight WECSSAA A/AA title Wednesday afternoon but the coaches want better play heading into SWOSSAA.

The Lady Gens completed a sweep of the Belle River Nobles with a 1-0 win at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. Heather Lenson’s goal with just 34 seconds left in the third period gave the Lady Gens the victory.

That win followed a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Emily Hamelin scored in regulation for the Lady Gens with captain Savannah Bouzide scoring the overtime winner.

The General Amherst Lady Gens celebrate after winning the WECSSAA A/AA title Feb. 24 at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. (Special to the RTT)

The General Amherst Lady Gens celebrate after winning the WECSSAA A/AA title Feb. 24 at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. (Special to the RTT)

Assistant coach Dan Pettypiece said the players were told by the coaches to shoot low on the Belle River goalie but the winner was shot where Lenson put it high, the puck hit the crossbar and dropped into the net. Despite the win, Pettypiece said both he and head coach Scott Hamelin would like to see the girls play better as Pettypiece said they were “flat” in both games of the final.

“I’ve never seen this team play two games in a row like that,” said Pettypiece. “Scott was confused as to how they came around to win both games. A win is a win though, and we are in the SWOSSAA final.”

The second game was difficult to watch, Pettypiece admitted.

“It was a frustrating game to watch,” he said. “You know how they are capable of playing but we found a way to win. I don’t believe they are capable of playing like that three games in a row.”

The team showed panic in their play, he added, as they rushed plays and turned the puck over a lot. While Wismer can bail them out of bad situations, Pettypiece said it shouldn’t come to that.

Pettypiece is confident that the Lady Gens can win Monday’s SWOSSAA title game in Petrolia and advance to OFSAA, but they have to bring their “A-game” to do it. Not playing at their best could make it a difficult road trip as their opponents are undefeated and score a lot of goals.

“Megan Wismer was our best goalie on the ice. She’s dependable, she’s consistent,” said Pettypiece. “Scott described her in the dressing room as the best high school goalie around which is pretty high praise.”

Pettypiece said Wismer is cool and calm in net and doesn’t let things faze her, even when she lets in a goal that she normally stops.

“She never lets it affect her,” said Pettypiece.

Despite the coaches’ confidence in the team, the message is clear to the players – do not rest on your laurels.

“Scott’s been big on letting them know they can’t depend on last year to get you through this year,” said Pettypiece. “You have to re-earn everything.

“At the end of the day, we won the WECSSAA title again,” said Pettypiece. “It’s not something we want to take lightly. You take opportunities when it’s there and you do your best to achieve your goals. The kids are really good. They respond when they have to. They find a way to win.”

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