The 2019 girls’ high school hockey playoffs are underway and the Pioneer girls’ hockey team opened with a 4-2 win on Saturday over rival SkyRon at the Fraser Hockeyland Ice Arena.
The Pioneers improved to 10-4-1 on the season. Pioneer advances to Tuesday’s next round against fourth-seeded Plymouth-Canton-Salem. Faceoff is at 5:45 p.m.
Skyron (4-11-1) advanced to the game against Pioneer with a 2-1 overtime victory over Regina on Friday.
The Pioneers took control with three goals in the first period after falling behind to their city rival. Moka Johns scored just 31 seconds into the game to give the underdogs a 1-0 lead.
But less than a minute later, Sara Negrin took a pass from Katie Pascoe to tie the game at 1-1. The Pioneers took the lead to stay when Pascoe scored to make it 2-1 at 3:55. Later in the period, Ava Millman scored to push the Pioneers lead to 3-1.
The second period was scoreless.
Skyron’s Anna Scott scored early in the third period to cut the lead to 3-2. Claire Bott and Courtney Smith earned assists on the goal.
Midway through the third period, Pioneer’s Anna Thomas scored to give her team a little cushion and a 4-2 lead.
Pioneer outshot Skyron 41-14, including 16-4 in the final period.
The semifinals will be Thursday, March 7 with the finals at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Mercy (14-0-0) is the No. 1 seed followed by Grosse Pointe South (12-2) and Brighton (9-2-3).