There was no shortage of offense for the Bay State Breakers, as they defeated the Washington Pride, 11-0, in their first game of the Girls Tier I 19U Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championship. Goaltenders Erin Murray and Leonie-Louise Kuehberger combined to stop every shot they faced.
“It was good. We’ve really only skated once together in the past four and half months. So this was a good game to work out some of the kinks,” said head coach Ross Murray. “Thank you to USA Hockey for putting on the tournament. They’ve done a great job ensuring safety and making sure we have a good, competitive safe place to play.”
The scoring was started by Kate Ham, who scored on the glove side just under three and a half minutes into the game. Skylar Irving added to the lead six minutes later, and would score her second goal of the game with 3:58 left in the first to push the lead to 3-0. Caroline Harvey and Kate Ham picked up assists on both goals.
The offense continued early on in the second period, as Bay State scored a pair of short-handed goals, one coming from Elizabeth Shannon and the other from Ham. The lead was pushed to 7-0 after two goals in 21 seconds off the sticks of Carson Zanella and Harvey.
Washington had a chance late in the second period on the power play, but Kuehberger made a glove save on a rebound. The Breakers would add two more to their lead on goals from Ashley Clark and Ellie Bayard.
In the final frame, the Breakers potted one more goal to secure the 11-0 victory.
“We have a theory here that tournaments are won one shift at a time, so that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” said Murray. “We’re going to continue to battle, take things one shift at a time, and hopefully we’ll make it to Monday.”
Bay State will continue play Friday when they take on the St. Louis Blues. Washington will face off against Detroit Belle Tire.
Shattuck St. Mary's 9, Anaheim Lady Ducks 1: Sydney Morrow collected a hat trick and added an assist in the win. Kara Maclean also scored two goals. Grace Canterbury, Hannah Rodgers, McKenzie Rich and Gwenyth Eichfeld also scored. Ruth Schmidt scored the lone goal for Anaheim.
Detroit Belle Tire 4, St. Louis 2: Celesta Paolucci scored the first two goals for Belle Tire and Joy Dunne scored twice for St. Louis. Haley Battles and Lily Wisniewski added goals for Belle Tire as well.
Detroit Honeybaked 7, Team North Dakota 1: Kirsten Simms scored a hat trick and Vanessa Stamper netted two goals in Detroit's win. Morgan Neitzke and Tesfanesh Hurd also scored in the victory and Jessica Auge made 10 saves. McKenna Burggraf scored the lone North Dakota goal.