Thanks to a pair of goal scorers and a pair of goaltenders, the East Coast Wizards are off to a 1-0 start at the Girls 16U Tier I USA Hockey National Championship.
Lily Farden and Mia Brown each lit the lamp for the Wizards, while netminders Maggie Emerson and Kelly Lavelle combined for 35 saves in a 2-0 shutout against the Anaheim Lady Ducks at Suburban Ice Macomb in Macomb, Mich.
After Farden’s eventual game-winning goal, Brown provided some cushion in the second period. In the third, East was unable to get the puck past Anaheim goalie Savannah Gutierrez, who stopped all nine shots she faced in the final frame.
Both teams will continue preliminary round play Friday. The Lady Ducks will play against the Mid Fairfield CT Stars, and the Wizards will play the New Jersey Colonials. East Coast comes into this year’s tournament with six players from the organization’s 2016 14U National Championship team.
Mid Fairfield CT Stars 3, Boston Jr Eagles 2: After trailing 2-0 at the end of the second period, the 14U Mid Fairfield CT Stars stormed back to a 3-2 victory against the Boston Jr Eagles in their 2017 USA Hockey National Championship opener.
Katherine Daileader and Christina Tournas each added goals for the Stars to tie the score at 2. Nicole Bessinger scored the game-winner late in the final period for Mid Fairfield CT. Jacqueline Polack and Jenna MacDonald both tallied goals for the Eagles.
Dallas Stars Elite 2, Pittsburgh Pen Elites 0: Dallas Stars Elite 14U goalie Kendall Parker is one of a number of goalies to open this year’s Girls Tier I National Championship with a shutout. With this performance, she will be honored by STX, which is highlighting shutouts and hat tricks that take place on the nationals stage with its STX Skill Awards.
MA Spitfires 3, Detroit Honeybaked 2 (OT): In the first overtime game of this tournament, Cassi Ronan gave the 16U Spitfires the win against Honeybaked. She was amongst three different MA players to score. Lillian Feeney and Catherine Luciano also added goals for the Spitfire.
Detroit sent the game to overtime thanks to a goal from Kendall Wasik. Kelly McCullough tallied Honeybaked’s first goal of the tournament.
East Coast Wizards 6, Niagra Jr Purple Eagles 4: Ten different players added goals in this 19U matchup. Greta Close, Finley Frechette and Rebecca Gilmore each picked up a goal and an assist in a winning effort for the Eagles. Rene Gangarosa was one of two Purple Eagles to tally multiple points in the game.
Mid Fairfield CT Stars 4, Detroit Honeybaked 3 (OT): It took all of 36 seconds for Kristina Schuler to score the overtime game-winner for the 19U Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Megan Jacobs led the way for Detroit Honeybaked with two goals, including the score that sent the game to overtime.
Madison Capitals 3, California Wave 1: In the final game of day one, the Madison Capitals got off to a 2-0 lead in this 19U matchup and never looked back. Darby Edmonson and Lauren Macinnis got the Capitals on the board in the first, and Cassie Newcomer finished off the scoring in the third.