Lajeunesse topples Lady Gens with three unanswered goals

 

By Joel Charron

The season hasn’t gone the way the General Amherst Lady Gens hockey team had hoped.

Monday afternoon, the Lady Gens wrapped up the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Lajeunesse. Amherst falls to 0-10-2 on the year and will square off against Essex next Monday in a one game knockout in Essex.

The score remained 0-0 until the third period when Olivia Gyori drove past the Lajeuness defense and slipped the puck past a sprawling goalie on the powerplay for a late 1-0 Amherst lead.

Just minutes later  Lajeunesse’s Jenna Henry evened the score after Amherst failed to clear the puck out of their own zone.

 

Amherst’s Olivia Gyori tries to stuff the puck under the pads of the Lajeunesse goalie after going down 2-1 in the third period.

Renee Fox of Lajeunesse would take the lead after blasting the biscuit past Turner on a shot from the top of the left circle.

With time winding down, Herny would score her second game of the game after an Amherst turnover sent her in on a breakaway.

“We put together some really good shifts in the first two periods,” said Lady Gens defenseman Amber Shaw. “By the end we got really tired.

Shaw admits this hasn’t been the brightest Lady Gens season and said that the team needs work on playing a full game.

Although the loss locks up a winless season for the Lady Gens, Shaw remains optimistic.

“It is a little frustrating but we just have to keep working at it,” she said. ‘We’ve gotten better throughout the year. We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season.”

Shaw added that the Lady Gens were blown out of games in the start of the season, but now can stop teams from scoring as easily.

“We just have to keep working hard throughout the whole game,” she said.

Head coach Dan Pettypiece said it does get frustrating from time to time but keeps in mind that he has a young, inexperienced squad.

Pettypiece said he thought the Lady Gens played well enough to win a few games this year, however the bounce didn’t go their way. He also mentioned that he is happy to see the girls’ progress through out the year.

“We’re not disappointed with the progress of the team,” said Pettypiece. “We are a project that is going to get stronger.”

The Lady Gens head coach referred to the influx of talented young players next year which means players will have to earn their spot and work hard to keep their position.

“It’ll be a little tougher to make the team next year,” he said. “The competition alone will make them become better.”

Pettypiece said the girls still do have a few games left and their annual tournament.

“We have some hockey still to play,” said Pettypiece.

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