West Chester, Pa. – The Dallas Stars Elite stayed perfect at the Chipotle-USA Hockey Girls Tier I 19U National Championships with a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Lady Ducks. Kendall Parker and Casey Moritz split time in net and combined for the shutout.
The Stars earned a number of chances in the first period, including a late power play opportunity, but every shot in the frame was denied by Anaheim goaltender Kaila Bush.
Early on in the second period, Dallas received a power play opportunity where they were able to break through. After a chance just squeaked by the right side of the net, a shot came from the point. The initial shot was stopped, but Kaylee Lewis was able to put home a backhander to make it 1-0. The goal was Lewis’ second goal in as many games.
After earning another power play opportunity, Dallas almost capitalized again as a backhand shot barely went wide again. Dallas took a penalty, but it proved not to be costly. In fact, the Stars scored twice on the ensuing 4-on-4.
The first strike came with 5:48 remaining in the period, as Megan Hildner was able to find the back of the net. It was Hildner’s first goal and second point of Nationals. Just 32 seconds later, Ashley Kokavec scored her first goal of the tournament which pushed the lead to 3-0, which is how the contest would ultimately end.
Both teams had chances in the third period, but both Bush and Moritz stopped everything in their path.
The Stars will try to continue their good start in a battle of unbeatens on Saturday, as they take on 2-0 Shattuck St. Mary’s. Anaheim will try to earn their first win of the tournament when they take on Team Illinois on Saturday night.
Shattuck St. Mary's 6, Team Illinois 1: Sydney Morrow assisted on five of the six Shattuck St. Mary's goals. Gwyneth Eichfeld, Shelbi Guttormson, Molly Grundhoffer, Hannah Rodgers, Jade Iginla and Kara Maclean all scored goals. Bryn Jones scored the lone Team Illinois goal.
Chicago Mission 5, Culver Academy 1: Ella Huber recorded a hat trick and added an assist for the Mission, while Kelly Gorbatenko and Vivian Cronin added goals. Emma Sweeney scored the Culver goal with Katie Manning picking up the assist.
RYA at Selects Academy 6, NJ Titans 0: Emily Finach pitched a shutout and six different players scored for RYA in their victory over New Jersey. Heather McAvoy, Sophia Nortz, Marykate OBrien, Riley Calhoun, Sydney Rarick and Reagan Miller picked up the six tallies. Haley Winn and Kendall Butze had multi-assist efforts.
Detroit Honeybaked 3, Chicago Young Americans 1: Kirsten Simms scored twice and Jenna Carpenter added a goal in the two-goal victory for Honeybaked. Jane Lewis notched the lone CYA tally.
Bay State Breakers 5, St. Louis Blues 1: Ashley Clark scored twice in the win. Caroline Harvey and Jessica Michals also added goals. Matteson Norton scored the lone Blues goal.
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 7, Team North Dakota 0: The host team received multi-goal efforts from Jessica Miller and Sydney Bradley in their shutout win. Jordan Hower, Leah Rubinshteyn and Alyssa Wruble added the other goals while Sarah Solotaroff-Webber stopped every shot.
Detroit Belle Tire 4, Washington Pride 0: Ava Martin recorded a shutout and Sophia Chapman scored twice in the Belle Tire victory. Brooke Hammer tallied a goal and an assisted on Haley Battles' goal.