Wildcats settle for scoreless tie with Belle River

 

Villanova's Kaycyn Hernandez (centre) splits between two Belle River defenders during third period action Jan. 6 at the Libro Centre. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie.

Villanova’s Kaycyn Hernandez (centre) splits between two Belle River defenders during third period action Jan. 6 at the Libro Centre. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie.

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The good news for the St. Thomas of Villanova girls hockey team coming out of last Wednesday’s game is that they are still undefeated.

The bad news is they didn’t win either.

The Wildcats and Belle River Nobles battled to a scoreless tie at the Libro Centre with Erica Fryer picking up the shutout for the Wildcats and Sarah Hosted doing the same for Belle River. Villanova coach John Purdie didn’t believe it was one of the team’s better effort, believing the team didn’t have the execution or the legs coming out of the holiday.

Purdie said they expected a bit of a lag coming out of the Christmas holidays but they still expected to get a victory.

“The expectation going into the game was to come out with the win,” he said. “A tie is good but it’s not our standard.”

Purdie said Belle River played well and he credited Fryer for helping the Wildcats to earn a point.

Avery Mertz of Villanova's girls hockey team tries to beat Belle River goalie Sarah Hosted during Jan. 6 action at the Libro Centre. The two teams played to a scoreless tie.

Avery Mertz of Villanova’s girls hockey team tries to beat Belle River goalie Sarah Hosted during Jan. 6 action at the Libro Centre. The two teams played to a scoreless tie.

“She was as sharp as she’s ever been,” said Purdie.

The Wildcats are now 5-0-1 on the season, good for 11 points in WECSSAA Tier 1 play. They are in first place, three points up on second place St. Anne. General Amherst plays in the same tier, with the Lady Gens holding a 1-1-1 record.

For the Wildcats, they aim to repeat at WECSSAA AAA/AAAA champions and get to OFSAA. Purdie believed the second half of the season will be “interesting” and noted they have two games in two weeks with St. Anne.

“The challenge I gave the girls is to dominate the next two weeks,” he said.

The next game for the Wildcats is at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore against St. Anne Jan. 14. They will then play at Lanspeary Park in Windsor against Holy Names Jan. 19 before returning to the Libro Centre for their next meeting with St. Anne.

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