girls hockey

Lady Gens hockey team goes into the exam break with a thud



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst girls hockey team didn’t go into the exam break the way they wanted to.

The Lady Gens hosted the Tecumseh Vista Academy Vortex last Monday afternoon at the Libro Centre but came away with a 7-0 loss. It was the final regular season game for the Lady Gens and they will enter the WECSSAA playoffs with a record of one win, five losses and four ties, good for six points.

“That was, by far, the worst effort of the season,” said General Amherst head coach Dan Pettypiece. “There was no fight, no determination. They know it but we told it to them anyway.”

The Lady Gens had been playing better, he believed, as they had solid efforts in previous games against the Essex Red Raiders and the Holy Names Knights. However, the game against Tecumseh Vista Academy was a letdown for them.

“Any team is going to beat us if we played like we did today,” Pettypiece said after the game.

Carlie Hayes (left) brings the puck up the ice during recent WECSSAA girls hockey action at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst played with little to no patience, he noted, as they couldn’t wait to get rid of the puck once they got it on their sticks.

“There was zero patience,” said Pettypiece.

Pettypiece added the coaches are telling players to slow down with the puck but play fast without it. He said there was a lot of standing around against Tecumseh Vista Academy.

“It looked like table hockey,” he said.

The Lady Gens have to be able to pay the price as they put this game behind them. It was not a good way to enter the playoffs, Pettypiece said, though the playoffs are not expected to start until early February.

“They have to come a long distance back to get back to where they were,” said Pettypiece.

Abby Laframboise agreed that it wasn’t that Lady Gens best effort.

“It wasn’t our strongest game, for sure,” said Laframboise.

Laframboise said they can play better and “we’re really eager to put this game behind us and give it our best effort in the playoffs.”

Lady Gens battle goalie injury bug again this season



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens were in action on the ice last week and the coaches were proud of their effort, despite the losses.

The Lady Gens fell 3-0 in Kingsville last Wednesday afternoon before heading to Essex the following day. The latter game saw General Amherst lose 6-0 but head coach Dan Pettypiece said the coaching staff was happy with their effort as they had to find a new goalie within the team as regular goalie Jaiden Stiles missed the game with a dislocated finger.

Phoebe Trealout stepped up and switched positions despite no previous experience playing goal.

Pettypiece said it was the third straight year the Lady Gens faced game action without their regular goalie, but he added that Trealout played well.

“The way she played in the first two periods gave us a chance to win,” said Pettypiece.

Pettypiece added of the team’s effort versus Essex: “We were really proud of the effort they showed today.”

The game versus Essex was played nine years to the day of the passing of Corey Meloche. Meloche was one of the players that helped found the girls hockey program at General Amherst but was killed in a snowmobiling accident.

Meloche’s jersey hung behind the General Amherst bench.

General Amherst’s Abby Bondy (19, left) escapes a check from an Essex player during last week’s game in Essex. The Red Raiders beat the Lady Gens 6-0.

“We wanted to dedicate the game to her and keep her spirit going,” said Pettypiece. “We try to tell the story of Corey and what she meant in getting this program started. She went above and beyond the call to get the girls hockey team started at General Amherst.”

If the Lady Gens had scored on some of the chances they had earlier in the game in Essex last Thursday, things may have turned out differently, Pettypiece speculated.

“If we buried a couple of those early chances, who knows? Hockey is a funny game,” he said.

Pettypiece added that the Lady Gens are a young team and have been playing against teams with a lot of older players.

“There’s a great amount of potential in that dressing room and they will be great in years to come,” he said.

Layne Sinasac said her teammate Trealout did a good job in net.

“It got pretty frustrating at the end,” she added after the Essex game. “The girls were so mean but we dealt with it.”

“The goalie is the toughest job on the team,” added Trealout. “Goalies deserve most of the credit.”

Trealout said she is usually on the other side shooting pucks at goalies, so she got a different perspective when she had pucks shot at her.

Lady Gens start girls hockey season with win and loss



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens are back on the ice for another WECSSAA hockey season and the first week saw a win and a loss.

The Lady Gens played in a pair of 3-1 game, one being a win over Lajeunesse and the second a loss to Kingsville. In last Wednesday’s win over Lajeunesse, the Lady Gens got goals from Layne Sinasac, Cassidy Atkinson and Sydney Doyle.

“I was pretty happy to start off with a win,” said head coach Dan Pettypiece. “We have a young team, younger than last year.”

General Amherst’s Sam Connell (87, left) takes a shot during third period action against Lajeunesse last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

The Lady Gens are made up of one Grade 12 player, two Grade 11 players with the rest in Grades 9 and 10. Pettypiece said many of the younger players still have to “feel their way” through high school hockey and adapt to the speed of the game. He said the Grade 9’s are a “strong group” but they are still learning.

Much like last year, Pettypiece said the team is comprised of a lot of girls who are respectful and fun to coach.

“It’s a really nice group to work with,” said Pettypiece. “They are very respectful and attentive. I think we are going to have a lot of fun with them this year.”

Pettypiece said last year’s team helped re-energize the coaches and reminded him of his love of coaching.

“When it’s enjoyable, you don’t want to leave it,” he said.

The Lady Gens “took their lumps” in a tournament earlier this season, losing to Villanova and Sandwich before beating Kingsville. The Cavaliers returned the favour in league play last Thursday, in a game that had to be rescheduled due to a fog day earlier the week.

As the Lady Gens are young again this year, Pettypiece said they are tempering their expectations with them. They are learning game-by-game.

“For the most part, you have to be patient with them,” he said.

Cassidy Atkinson (67, right) fires home a second period goal last Wednesday
afternoon in the Lady Gens’ 3-1 victory.

Abby Laframboise said after last Wednesday’s victory over Lajeunesse that “I thought the girls did a really well for the first home game” but noted there is room for improvement.

“It’s nice to start off with a win,” said Laframboise.

Carlie Hayes thought they played well against Lajeunesse, but also agreed there was room for improvement.

“It was a good start for sure,” she said after last Wednesday’s game.

The Lady Gens now have five straight road games. They were in Tecumseh last Monday, after this issue of the RTT went to press, for a game against Tecumseh Vista Academy and play in Windsor versus Lajeunesse Dec. 3.

Their next game at the Libro Centre isn’t until Jan. 14 against the Essex Red Raiders.

Trio of Lady Gens play in WECSSAA all-star game

Special to the RTT

The General Amherst girls hockey team was represented by three players at the recent WECSSAA            All Star Game in LaSalle.

Carly Renaud, Emily Pontini and Jaycie Stanek were chosen to play in the annual event.  Unfortunately Emily was not able to play in the game due to a prior school commitment.  Carly and Jaycie played in the game which featured the cream of the crop of the best hockey players in the league.

Jaycie Stanek (left), Emily Pontini (centre) and Carly Renaud (right) represented General Amherst in the WECSSAA girls all-star game. (Submitted photo)

In a very exciting game the Blue team scored with 25 seconds left in the game to defeat the Red team 6-5.  Although Carly and Jaycie’s Red team was defeated it was still a great experience for both of them.  Andromeda Dean the coach and league convenor from Sandwich did an outstanding job organizing the event.

—Submitted by General Amherst head coach Dan Pettypiece

General Amherst girls compete in junior hockey tournament


The General Amherst girls played in a junior hockey tournament for Grade 9’s and 10’s, organized by the Belle River Nobles in Lakeshore April 11-12.

Originally 12 players signed up to participate but due to injuries and illness we were only able to ice nine skaters and a goalie.  But true to Amherst spirit and determination, they battled on to the end.  Graduating seniors Carly Renaud and Emily Pontini coached the team as way of giving back to the program.  Their strong dedication to the program was evident as they organized and ran practices leading up to the tournament.  They dealt with a very short bench and kept the girls focused on playing hard till the final buzzer sounded.

On Wednesday, Amherst played their first game against Kingsville. They played a solid game and were able to defeat Kingsville 2-0.  Abby Bondy scored both goals for Amherst.  Jaiden Stiles played a great game in goal posting the shutout.  The Amherst defence corps of Abby Laframboise, Cassidy Zelle, Renae Hammond and newcomer Mia McGrath played a solid game in front of their goalie.  Taylor Dufour also made her return to hockey after taking a year off and played hard throughout the tournament.  Halle Higgins came out of her comfort zone and made her debut playing her first ever hockey game.

Carly Renaud and Emily Pontini give the General Amherst team encouragement during a junior hockey tournament game for high school girls. (Submitted photo)

Later that day we played our second game versus a strong Sandwich team.  Sandwich was able to come away with a hard fought 2-0 victory. Once again Jaiden Stiles played a solid game in goal for Amherst but we were not able to capitalize on our chances against a strong Sandwich team which was allowed to use their grade 11 goalie for the tourney. (They did not have a Grade 9 or 10 goalie)

On Thursday, Amherst played their third game of the tourney against another strong team from L’Essor.  Once again in spite of having a short bench Amherst played a spirited game but came away with a 3-1 loss.  Scoring for Amherst was Abbie Drouillard assisted by Cassidy Zelle. Jaiden Stiles played her usual solid game in goal.

Although we did not advance to the semifinals this tournament the coaching staff was very pleased with their effort and how they showed great potential for the future. With 10 players returning next year as well as a strong group of players coming in from Grade 8, we look forward to next year and can’t wait to get started.

The players and coaches would like to thank Carly and Emily for their time and commitment in coaching this team.  Their leadership and enthusiasm will be missed and we wish them great success in the future.  We would also like to thank the parents for their support throughout the season and a special thank you to John Holzel for his time and expertise in taking our team photo.  Have a great summer if it ever comes and see you in November.


-Submitted by General Amherst head coach Dan Pettypiece

(attached photo shows Carly Renaud & Emily Pontini giving the team encouragement)