WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Two New Jersey Colonials teams combined to post three shutouts in five games during the Atlantic District Girls’ Championships at the Ice Line Quad Rinks, running the program’s total to 40 district titles since 2009.
The Colonials won two of three age groups on the Tier I level.
The 16U team recovered from losing the first game and wound up claiming its title with a 4-0 victory Monday in the deciding game of a best-of-three series. The game concluded the combination of 23 games over three days at Ice Line to decide all the district’s girls’ titles as well as its Tier I boys’ titles.
In the 14U division, the Colonials did not allow a goal while sweeping the championship series from the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, 4-0 and 1-0.
The Rockets outshot the Colonials, 17-7, in the first period of the decisive 16U game.
“We went up 1-0 early, but they pressured us quite a bit and put quite a few pucks on net,” said Sis Paulsen, the Colonials girls’ hockey director and 16U head coach. “We kind of weathered the storm and hung on there a little bit.”
Kate Winstanley, who finished with a 30-save shutout, made a save a minute to get through the first period with a 1-0 lead.
“She’s been solid all year,” Paulsen said. “ … She backboned us through the playoffs and has had a good D in front of her.
“She made some good saves when she needed to.”
Emma Seitz, who had a goal and two assists to key Saturday’s 5-2 win, added an unassisted goal less than three minutes into the second period of game three and the Colonials cruised from there.
Winstanley and Seitz are both playing in the Toyota-USA Hockey Girls Tier I 16U National Championships for the second straight year. The Colonials 16U team is split almost in thirds between players that played in last year’s 16U nationals, played in last year’s 14U nationals and are headed to nationals for the first time.
Annika Asplundh had an 18-save shutout for the Rockets in Sunday’s 3-0 win to force Monday’s deciding game.
The two Colonials teams are headed to Minneapolis for nationals, taking place March 31 to April 4.
Katie Monahan scored one power-play goal and assisted on another for the Colonials during Saturday’s 14U series opener.
Sidney Cornell also had a goal and an assist while the defense allowed just seven shots.
Isabelle Samanin made 13 saves in the second shutout Sunday.
Maddie Rego, who had one assist Saturday, scored the only goal midway through the game on an assist from Ana Kimber.
Last year, the Colonials reached the national quarterfinals at both 16U and 14U with the 16U team falling in a one-goal game.
19U TIER I
The New Jersey Rockets kept the Colonials from sweeping all the Tier I titles in the district when they pulled out a pair of one-goal victories in their championship series.
Katie Leininger’s goal with 4:11 left in overtime Saturday lifted the Rockets to a 2-1 victory.
Brianna Haviland had a goal and an assist, Jordi Nairdich assisted all three goals and Devon Strachan made 27 saves as the Rockets ended the series in two games with a 3-2 win.
19U TIER II
The Princeton Tiger Lilies swept the Quakers, 6-4 and 3-2, in the championship series.
Katie Sciales had a hat trick in the first game with one goal in each period, each time breaking a tie.
Sciales scored the first goal, then Alie Louie and Haley Wheeler rallied Princeton from a 2-1 deficit in the second game.
14U TIER II
Joyce Sun scored two goals and Sally Solotaroff had a 20-save shutout Monday when Montclair defeated New Jersey Colonials Red, 4-0, in the third and deciding game of their series.
Victoria Sweetman had two assists.
Solataroff had 18 saves, Sami Ueno scored the game-winning goal on a power play midway through the third period and Maggie Ottenbreit contributed a goal and an assist when Montclair won Saturday’s series opener 2-1.
Bridget Murphy had a goal in each of the first two games for the Colonials, who forced the deciding game with a 3-2 victory Sunday.
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