Lady Gens take first game of series with Leamington in girls hockey playoffs

 

General Amherst’s Olivia Gyori scores a second period goal against Leamington  during the Lady Gens’ 4-2 win last Thursday  afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst’s Olivia Gyori scores a second period goal against Leamington
during the Lady Gens’ 4-2 win last Thursday
afternoon at the Libro Centre.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls hockey team has ventured into unchartered territory and are, thus far, navigating it successfully.

The Lady Gens are in the second round of the WECSSAA girls hockey playoffs against a strong Leamington Lions team but it was the Lady Gens who were stronger in Game 1, winning 4-2.

Savannah Bouzide had a hat trick for the Lady Gens including the first goal with 44.2 seconds left in the opening period. Bouzide added her second just 1:56 into the second period and Olivia Gyori scored at the 6:24 mark thanks to a spectacular dash into the Lions’ zone before she found the back of the net.

The Lady Gens made it 4-0 when Bouzide scored her third of the contest less than a minute later. Leamington got on the board with a powerplay goal before the second period was out and added one more in the third period but were unable to get any closer.

General Amherst head coach Scott Hamelin said it was “a good start” for the team, as they had not seen Leamington during the regular season.

“They are a good team,” Hamelin said of Leamington.

Hamelin was enthused about how the Lady Gens performed.

“We had some jump from the get-go,” he said. “Megan (Wismer) was solid again in net.”

Amherst is in “new territory,” he added, and he was pleased with the effort the girls showed in the win.

“For the program, it’s a huge shot in the arm,” said Hamelin.

Playing with the lead is difficult, he said, and they are growing and learning to play with a lead. He added the Lady Gens are becoming more responsible on defense and believed last Thursday afternoon’s game was a good one to build on. Hamelin hoped they could continue the momentum forward into Tuesday’s game at Leamington.

It is a best-of-three series.

Hamelin added the players are buying into the system and progressing.

“It’s a learning curve,” he said.

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