The girls varsity ice hockey team opened its season with a 5-0 win over Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday, December 1, in the Savage/Johnson Ice Rink.
With the cancellation of last year’s season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, half of the Pelicans were playing in their first official game for Loomis Chaffee. Excitement and nerves showed early in the game, but the Pelicans were able to settle in and find their game, bolstered by senior goaltender Taylor Hyland, who made several good saves at the start of the period.
The Pelicans got on the board with six minutes left in the first period. Junior Maggie Johnson scored the first goal of the season when she deflected a shot from junior Hamilton Doster. Unfortunately, Loomis took a few penalties after the goal, but the Pelicans were able to kill off an extended 5-on-3 at the end of the period and went into the second period up 1-0.
The Pelicans were in penalty trouble again in the second period, but this time senior defenseman Sophia Testa connected on a stretch pass up the ice to senior Cally Dixon, who tucked home the breakaway opportunity to give the Pelicans a 2-0 lead. After that, the floodgates opened, as freshman Brighton McMahon scored the first goal of her career on an assist from Johnson. Four minutes later, freshman Presley Paredes tapped in a rebound for her first goal as a Pelican. Assists on the goal went to sophomore Sarah Wagner and junior Grace Puskar.
Loomis tacked on the final goal of the game in the third period on a passing play in the neutral zone. Junior Cameron Devenney picked up a pass from the defense with speed and fired the puck along to freshman Grace Morin. Morin found senior Amanda Quan on the back side of the goal, and Quan fired home the final goal of the game, giving the Pelicans a 5-0 lead.
NMH made a final push in the third period, but the Loomis defense held strong in front of sophomore goalie Leila Fournier to preserve the combined 10-save shutout effort.
The Pelicans next travel to perennial power and rival Noble & Greenough on Saturday, December 4, for a 4 p.m. game. The two teams have faced each other in New England Prep School Athletic Conference playoffs three times in the last five years.