The girls varsity ice hockey team returned to action in 2022 with a 5-4 overtime victory over Founders League rival Kent on Wednesday, January 12, in the Savage/Johnson Rink.
In the first period, both teams took time to figure things out, as neither team was able to find the back of the net or create any sustained offense. A few saves from Loomis Chaffee senior goaltender Taylor Hyland late in the period jolted the Pelicans to life, and the team played the last 60 seconds of the period with renewed pace and effort.
The Pelicans opened the second period with a power-play opportunity, and Loomis finally broke through when junior Grace Puskar found the back of the net after a beautiful pass from freshman Presley Paredes. Five minutes later, though, Kent scored its first of the game and tied the score at one after a Loomis turnover in the defensive zone.
Undeterred, the Pelicans earned another power play and found the back of the net, taking a 2-1 lead thanks to a rebound effort from freshman Chloe Obser. Assists on the play went to sophomore Sarah Wagner and junior Molly Jordan. With just 19 seconds left in the second period, however, Kent scored off an odd-man rush to tie the game again.
With momentum on their side, the Lions took the lead early in the third period, but a goal from Jordan on an impressive individual effort tied things back up at three goals each. On the next shift senior Amanda Quan made a great feed to freshman Grace Morin, who showed poise and scored a beautiful goal to put the Pelicans on top.
Kent did not give up, though, and the Lions’ tenacity in the offensive zone led to another goal with just under five minutes left in the game, knotting things up at four goals apiece.
The final four minutes of the third period featured opportunities, but neither team scored, prompting a five-minute overtime period.
In the first minute of overtime Jordan blocked a shot from the point and picked up the loose puck and earned a breakaway. Her initial opportunity was denied, but the puck remained live, and Jordan ultimately fired home the game-winning goal for Loomis.
Loomis is back in action on Saturday, January 15, when the Pelicans take on another Founders League foe, Westminster. The game will begin at 3 p.m. in the Savage/Johnson Rink.