The girls varsity ice hockey team began its Founders League campaign on the road at Westminster on Saturday, December 11, and came home with a 2-0 win.
Pelican goals in the first and third periods and a shut-out performance by the two Loomis Chaffee goalies were keys to the victory.
In the first period, Loomis applied constant pressure on Westminster early in the period and was able to score thanks to a deflection from senior captain Cally Dixon off of a shot from sophomore Sarah Wagner, with a secondary assist from senior captain Sophia Testa. Westminster settled in after the goal and made some quality shots on goal that were well defended by Loomis Chaffee senior goalie Taylor Hyland. The first period ended with the Pelicans leading 1-0.
In the second period, Loomis killed off a couple of early penalties to maintain its lead, and both teams traded chances but did not score. Sophomore Leila Fournier replaced Hyland in net halfway through the period and was solid in relief.
The Pelicans dominated in the third period, maintaining possession in the offensive zone for most of the period and picking up their second goal of the game when junior Maggie Johnson won a faceoff and the puck ended up right on the stick of senior captain Amanda Quan, whose firm wrist shot found the back of the net. With a couple of key saves from Fournier, the Pelican goalies earned a combined shutout, and Loomis won the game 2-0.
This week the Pelicans will play in the Patsy K. Odden Invitational Hockey Tournament at Taft on Thursday and Friday before leaving for the holiday break.