Lady Gens, Wildcats have busy weeks

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A rivalry game in WECSSAA girls hockey was played Monday at the Libro Centre with the St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats coming out on top.

The Wildcats downed the General Amherst Lady Gens 2-0 thanks to goals by Allison Langille and Avery Mertz. Erica Fryer picked up the shutout for Villanova.

General Amherst’s Emily Hamelin (background) and Mackenzie Neal (4) pressure Villanova’s Allison Langille (right) during Monday afternoon action at the Libro Centre. Villanova won the game 2-0.

General Amherst’s Emily Hamelin (background) and Mackenzie Neal (4) pressure Villanova’s Allison Langille (right) during Monday afternoon action at the Libro Centre. Villanova won the game 2-0.

Lady Gens head coach Scott Hamelin said his team played well in defeat.

“In the first period, we had a lot of (offensive) zone time but we didn’t shoot the puck,” said Hamelin.

Hamelin said they have to keep things simple and put more pucks on net. He praised Villanova, stating they are not a team that opponents can make a lot of mistakes against.

“If you make a mistake against them, it’s a high percentage that they are going to score,” said Hamelin.

“(Villanova) is a good team. We both are good teams.”

Hamelin was happy with the Lady Gens’ effort, adding “sometimes the puck doesn’t go your way.”

The Wildcats dropped a 3-2 decision to St. Anne at the Libro Centre last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Coach John Purdie said they were down a couple of players due to medical appointments and it showed.

“That really cane up to bite us in the third period,” said Purdie. “That said, St. Anne played a great game.”

St. Anne’s Taylor Reaume scored the game-winning goal with 4:32 left in the third period. Villanova scored their goals in each of the first and second period off the sticks of Allesandra Schembri and Langille.

“This is kind of a statement game,” added Purdie. “In all probability, these are the the two teams that will be battling for the WECSSAA title.”

Purdie noted the Wildcats have a young team that is trying to defend its crown while St. Anne has a lot of Grade 12 players trying to win in their final year.

The Wildcats played at Lanspeary Park in Windsor the previous day and beat Holy Names 4-0. Purdie said it was “absolutely phenomenal” despite the cold weather.

“It was a great experience for the girls,” he said.

Purdie said the puck movement was great in that game and they limited Holy Names to very few scoring chances. He liked the fact multiple players factored into the scoring with eight Wildcats hitting the score sheet.

Villanova has the best goalie tandem in the league, Purdie believes, with Fryer and Kristen Swiatoschik.

General Amherst lined up against St. Anne last Thursday and came away with a 1-1 tie. A solid effort in goal came from Megan Wismer with Savannah Bouzide scoring the only goal in the game that was played at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore.

“We’re in good shape heading into the (exam) break,” said Hamelin, adding they got three of four points out of recent games against St. Anne.

The Lady Gens should be able to finish in first place when they drop down into the A/AA division for playoffs. They have two regular season games left as they play at Belle River Feb. 3 and host Sandwich Feb. 8. Hamelin added they would like to find secondary scoring to help Savannah Bouzide as Bouzide is currently scoring most of the team’s goals.

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