MHR Week 3 Weekend Wrap
In honor of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, which was held for the 11th time Oct. 8-9, we featured four girls’ matchups for our Week 3 edition of MHR Games of the Week.
World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend not only celebrates all of the young athletes already playing what has become one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the United States, but also it provides opportunities for aspiring young athletes all over the world to try the sport for the first time via organized and fun learn-to-play events.
CLICK HERE to read about some of the highlights from Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend events that took place around the globe last weekend.
Now, in honor of the 11th edition of International Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, here is a recap of our Games of the Week!
Week 3 MHR Games of the Week
#22 Arizona Kachinas (Green) 3, #19 Jr. Flyers (Black) 2 - SHOOTOUT
Level: U19 USA Tier 2 Girls
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 6:10 p.m. EDT
Location: Pittsburgh Ice Arena – New Kensington, Pa.
Event: NGHL Columbus Day Showcase
This NGHL battle needed an eight-round shootout to determine the winner, but the Kachinas came out on top when Caitlyn Fesnick finally figured out a way to beat Jr. Flyers goaltender Kaitlyn O’Brien for the winner. O’Brien went toe to toe with Kachinas netminder Sophia Villanueva throughout the game, with Villanueva making 28 saves and O’Brien turning aside 19 shots. O’Brien thwarted seven shootout attempts before the game-winner was scored, while Villanueva held the Jr. Flyers scoreless through all eight attempts she faced. Arizona’s Aidyn Digrazia had a goal and an assist in the contest and dished out a helper on Jenna Majewski’s goal that tied the game with 34 seconds left in regulation. The Jr. Flyers trailed, 1-0, after two periods but scored twice in less than a minute to pull in front, 2-1, with 11:27 remaining in the third. Samantha Stead and Valerie Wheeler tallied for Philadelphia. The Kachinas ended up posting a 5-1-0 record at the Columbus Day Showcase, falling to the 6-0-0 North Shore Vipers, 2-1, in the finals as the Vipers improved to 10-2-0 on the year. Arizona, which had lost several close games vs. Tier 1 opponents heading into the weekend, is now 6-10-0.
#3 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 2, #14 Washington Pride 0
Level: 14U USA Tier 1 Girls
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1
Time: 6:40 p.m. EDT
Location: Edge Sports Center
Event: East Coast Wizards 14U Columbus Day Tournament – Bedford, Mass.
Pens Elite goalie Anastasia Makrogiannis earned the shutout in this pool-play game as Pittsburgh rolled to a 5-1-0 record at the Wizards’ Columbus Day Tourney. They ended up falling to the second-ranked hosts, 1-0, in the championship game and finished the weekend holding a 10-2 scoring advantage over their opponents and with an overall season record of 14-1-0. Included among their tournament victories was a 4-3 overtime win against the No. 19 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers and a 2-1 shootout victory vs. No. 7 Team Illinois. The Pride went 1-2-1 on the weekend, with the lone victory coming against No. 7 MassConn United by a 7-0 margin. Washington tied 26th-ranked Team Long Island, 2-2, and is now 9-4-4 on the year. Pens Elite got goals from Emerson Webster and Kendra Raypholtz, the only two tallies surrendered by Pride netminder Ella Rajnys.
#4 St. Albert Slash 3, #1 Calgary Fire 2
Level: 18U Canada Tier 1 Girls
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 4:15 p.m. EDT
Location: Father David Bauer Arena – Calgary Alberta
Event: AFHL League Game
Brook Dorash scored with 20 seconds left in the second period off an assist from Rylee Mepham to lift the fourth-ranked Slash to a 3-2 victory over the top-ranked Fire in this clash of AFHL titans. The game-winning tally came after Evelyn Lawrence’s second goal of the game had evened the score at 2 4:38 into the second stanza. Tyra Edl and Summer Fomradas picked up helpers on that tally. Robin Brokenshire and Lyvia Butz staked St. Albert to a 2-1 lead after the first period, with Butz also picking up an assist on Brokenshire’s goal. Kate Holan stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the victory in goal for the Slash, while Alyssa Barrette made 16 saves for Calgary. St. Albert’s victory avenged an earlier loss to the Fire by the same score and left the Slash with an overall record of 6-1-1, but they would go on to drop a 2-1 decision against the Rocky Mountain Raiders the next day and are 6-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in the AFHL. The Fire are 7-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the league.
#18 Kingston Ice Wolves 3, #7 Ottawa Lady Senators 2
Level: U22 Canada Girls Tier 1
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 12:15 p.m. EDT
Location: CARDLEREC Recreation Complex – Stittsville, Ontario
Event: OWHL U22 Elite League Game
The No. 18 Ice Wolves knocked off the No. 7 Lady Senators, 3-2, in this OWHL U22 Elite League matchup to improve to 8-7-1 overall and 3-2-0 in league play. Ottawa lost for just the second time this season and fell to 18-2-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the OWHL. Olivia Tracze’s goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner as Kingston held off a late Ottawa rally that saw Brooke Mulvihill poke home a rebound to cut the margin to a single goal with under two minutes remaining in the third period. The Lady Senators opened the scoring on a pretty backhander by Taylor Garcia, but the Ice Wolves would net the next three to take control. Tracze opened the scoring for Kingston on a first-period power-play deflection, and Jordyn Watson followed that up with an power-play deflection of her own to make it 2-1 in the second frame.