Rough start to season for Lady Gens hockey program

By Joel Charron

It’s been a rough start to the season for the General Amherst Lady Gens hockey team.

After dropping their season opener to girls hockey powerhouse Leamington 5-3 last Monday, the girls were shut out 6-0 by a talented Essex Red Raider team Wednesday afternoon at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.

Head coach Dan Pettypiece said  the girls had to overcome some internal issues in between game, which may have caused the girls to become distracted. Pettypiece said the team had some senior player leave the team, which has had a significant impact on this year’s squad.

“It left our team very, very, young,” said Pettypiece.

Young is an understatement.

The Lady Gens feature two fifth year players, two Grade 12 players with the remainder being in either Grade 9 or 10.

 

Maria Goggin (black jersey) races down the ice with the Essex defense hot on her trail.

“We’re going to take some lumps this year,” he said.

Pettypiece noted that he came into this year knowing that it would be a rebuilding year, as the team lost six of their top players to graduation. The program turned a corner last year, putting together their first winning season in school history.

Petttypiece noted he continues to educate the Lady Gens about the late Corey Meloche; a player who was instrumental in founding the program.

He also mentioned, regardless of what happens within the team the girls have to come to the rink ready to play, as the program looks to keep moving forward.

“You have to put pride on the ice and represent Amherst like Amherst sports teams do,” he said.

Pettypiece admits his girls weren’t ready to play against Essex, having being scored on twice with Essex’s first two shots.

During the second intermission he pulled his two senior players aside and told them they needed to be leaders as their body language suggested something different.

“The third period was much better,” he said.

Pettypiece said there is a lot of work ahead of them, however he referred to his squad as “a good bunch of kids.”

Kaitlynn Scott, who makes her return to the Lady Gens team after being at Villanova for two years said there are certain aspect of the game the Amherst needs to work on.

“We need to work on our passing,” she said.

She also added the Lady Gens have to work harder to win battles in the corners, but feels they have a good team.

“I think we have got a good team this year and we’ll make up for our losses,” she said. “It feels good to be back on the team.”

 

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