Despite having to play an emergency goalie in net, facing a strong goalie at the other end and playing an emotionally charged Skyron (Skyline and Huron combined team), the Pioneer girls’ hockey team managed to skate off the Veteran Memorial’s rink with a 7-4 win and improve to 5-0 on the season.
Pioneer Coach Alexander (Sandy) Hurd had to play senior Grace Lawrence in goal despite the fact that senior had actually never played goalie. Lawrence was solid in goal, had some strong defensive play in front of her and managed to earn the win in the pipes.
“This is always an energetic game because most of these kids played with each other growing up,” Hurd said. “We controlled the puck pretty well but we hit the post quite a bit. We didn’t finish well.
“But give their goalie (Lexi Dionne) a lot of credit. She played a very good game. She was aggressive and challenged us and forced our players to either miss the net or hit her. They played very hard and they have some talented players.”
At the other end, Dionne kept her team in the game, especially in the third period, making several great saves after Pioneer forwards fired shots from close range.
Skyron took a 1-0 lead at 7:27 of the first period on a goal by Claire Bott.
But the Pioneers quickly answered. Two minutes later, Anna Thomas scored with assists from Kayleigh Barricklow and Ava Millman.
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Less than 10 seconds later, Pioneer took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Claire Bradley with assists from Katie Pascoe and Kiara Siebler.
The Pioneers skated into the second period with a 2-1 lead.
But at 5:13 of the second period, Skyron tied the game at 2-2 on an unassisted goal by Moka Johns.
But the Pioneers took a 3-2 lead when Pascoe scored with assists from Bradley at 10:15.
Pioneer took the 3-2 lead into the third period.
The Pioneers added to their lead with 11:08 left in the game when Rory Campbell scored on the power play. Less than 10 seconds later – yes, another quick goal for the purple gang – Bradley scored unassisted to make it 5-2.
But Skyron wasn’t going anywhere. Not in a rivalry game. And they came charging back to get back into the game.
John scored at 10:16 with an assist from Claire Bott to make it 5-3.
After a few brilliant saves by Dionne to keep the deficit at two, Mackenzie O’Malley scored with an assist from Courtney Smith to make it a 5-4 game with 9:14 still to play in the game.
But the Pioneers scored at 7:45 on a goal by Pascoe to push the lead to 6-4.
Ava Millman, with an assist from Anna Thomas, scored an empty-netter to finish the scoring.