Three Lady Gens named to WECSSA hockey All-Star team

 

By Joel Charron

The regions best female high school hockey player took the ice at the UCCU Complex Tuesday afternoon for the 2012 WECSSAA girls’ hockey all-star game.

General Amherst High was represented by Olivia Gyori, Henna Meloche and Sam Morand on Team Black while Villanova’s Melissa Mayrand, JoJo Swope and Sarah Laframboise represented their school on Team White.

Team Black won 6-1, after exploding for four goals in the third period.

“It was a lot of fun out there today,” said Gyori.

Morand said she was unaware of a girl’s all-star game in the beginning of the season but

The WECSSAA girls high school hockey all-star game was played at the UCCU Complex Tuesday, March 27. General Amherst all-stars included (L to R): Sam Morand, Olivia Gyori and Jenna Meloche.

was excited to have played in it.

“I was pretty surprised when I was chosen,” said Morand. “It was a cool game to be a part of.”

Meloche said it was an honour to be picked and noted that it was a highlight of the season for her.

“I’m really happy coach chose me,” said Meloche. “It makes me feel really proud.”

All three girls Lady Gens believe the all-star selection will provide motivation for next season.

“This will give us motivation to be leaders on the team next year,” stated Meloche.

Villanova coach John Purdie organized that game and noted that it was a chance for the leagues best female hockey high school hockey players to play in a top-notch facility.

“I think this is by far the best arena in Essex County,” said Purdie. ‘I think it’s only fair the best players in Essex County are playing in the best arena.”

Purdie said he was amazed at the speed of the game, noting that there were few whistles because of it.

“The pace is amazing. You have so many high caliber girls playing in this game,” he said. “The speed was incredible.”

Purdie pointed out that girl’s high school hockey is rapidly growing. He believes that girls are starting hockey at a younger age instead of picking it up on the fly.

“Five years ago you had girls picked up the game at a certain point in their life,” said Purdie. “Now we are finding girls are starting young and continue to play as they get older. “

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