The girls varsity ice hockey team upset the top-ranked prep school team in New England on Wednesday, February 27, with a 3-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the championship tournament.
For the fourth straight year, the Pelicans advance to the semifinals of the Division I New England Prep School Athletic Conference Championship, where they will face Kent on Saturday.
After falling to Williston 2-4 earlier in the season, the Pelicans were determined to redeem themselves in Wednesday's game, and they got off to a fast start when senior Jess Schryver sent a beautiful pass to junior Jenna Donohue, who tucked the puck home to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead.
Continuing the pressure, the Pelicans drew a penalty and found themselves on the powerplay just before the end of the first period. After a couple of great plays that kept the puck in the offensive zone, Donohue fired a shot on goal that was tipped by senior Avery Flynn just past the reach of the Williston goaltender, giving the Pelicans a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
Williston jumped all over the Pelicans in the second period, but sophomore goalie Elinor Kheen stood strong in goal and made several big saves, preserving the Pelicans' two-goal lead into the final period.
Williston scored its first goal of the game with just over six minutes left to play in the third period, but the Pelicans responded with excellent defense in their own zone and managed to put an exclamation mark on the game when senior Maddie Hong fired a shot into the twine to seal the victory for Loomis.
The win advances the team to the semifinals, where they will face off against fifth-seeded Kent School at Kent at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Livestream details will be announced later this week. If the girls win their semifinal game, they will advance to the championship game to face the winner of the semifinal between Phillips Andover Academy and Noble and Greenough School. The final will be played at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Arena on Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m.