In a highly anticipated matchup against Kent, the Loomis Chaffee girls ice hockey team defeated the Kent Lions 2-0 on the back of sophomore goaltender Elinor Keehn, who made 21 saves on 21 shots.
In what is always a battle between two competitive Founders League rivals, the Pelicans enjoyed a hard-fought victory.
The game did not start out as the Pelicans had hoped, though, as they gave up a breakaway in the opening moments of the game, but the save provided by Keehn sparked the team. The girls responded in the first period with a power-play goal from junior Anna Hurd, who fired home a rebound off of a shot from junior Bree Bergeron.
Both teams had their share of power-play opportunities, and the Loomis penalty kill played well throughout the game to stifle any Kent scoring chances while up a player.
The second period was a fast, up-and-down period that did not result in goals for either team but showcased the Pelicans' hard work and grit at both ends of the ice. The Loomis defense played tough and was supported by the back-checking effort of numerous forwards.
Loomis never took its foot off the gas and continued to pressure Kent and create good scoring opportunities while battling in the defensive end. Late in the third period, freshman Cali Dixon gave Loomis an insurance goal to make the score 2-0. That score lasted throughout the end of the game and gave the Pelicans their third straight win.
Up next, the team hits the road to take on Hotchkiss on Saturday, January 12, at 3 p.m.