Arizona Lady Coyotes use seven OTs to claim Rocky Mountain District 14-Under title
worthwhile is worth waiting for.
one knows that better than the VOSHA (Valley Of The Sun Hockey
Association) Lady Coyotes.
the double-elimination Rocky Mountain District 14-Under Tournament
in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Lady Coyotes, from Arizona, had to wait
... and wait … and wait some more before eliminating Colorado
McGovern scored all three of the Lady Coyotes’ goals, the last
coming at 1:53 of the second overtime, to give her team a 3-2 win
over Colorado March 9 at Alltel Ice Den to give Arizona its
first-ever team in the girls’ national tournament. Nationals are
set for April 2-6 in West Chester, Pa.
felt good,” said McGovern of the game-winner. “Our defenseman,
Alex Barone-Jay shot, it rebounded and I hit it in. I was excited.
We all threw up our gloves.”
scored two second-period goals to negate Colorado’s 2-0 lead.
Alkire-Carter and Rachel Bellio — from a Chloe Williams assist — scored
first-period goals to give Colorado Select a 2-0 lead.
scored unassisted at 9:28 to cut the margin in half, then, from a
Cheyenne Boyd assist, tied the game at the 7:14 mark.
previous day, it took the Lady Coyotes a fifth overtime to turn away
their Colorado nemesis.
Newkirk, in the 89th minute of play and at the 6:44 mark of the
period, scored on a power-play goal with a bulls-eyed slap shot from
the point and into the upper right corner of the net for a 4-3
marathon victory. Andi Husted was credited with the assist.
had a pair of goals and an assist. Newkirk had an earlier assist,
while Samantha Reno had a goal and an assist.
Gabby Abbott had 48 saves, 21 in the overtimes in Friday’s win.
She followed up with 36 stops, 14 in the extra sessions in the
was pressure and I noticed it more in the overtime, but there was
pressure on everyone,” Abbott said. “It’s really exciting.
I’m ecstatic (about going to nationals).”
it’s the first trip to the national tournament for an Arizona
girls’ team, it’s not a first-time trip for its coach.
Shalloo, in her first year with the Lady Coyotes, won a national
title as a player in 1999 with the Connecticut Polar Bears and later
played collegiately at Providence.
don’t think it’s sunk in to the players and parents. It’s an
awakening to play AAA hockey in the national tournament,” Shalloo
said. “The national tournament is a whole another experience in
hockey. You can play in a lot of big tournaments, but a national is
just reiterated our goal,” she added. “We’re going to the
tournament and try and come home with a win.”
wins were the first ever against Colorado, which had eliminated
Arizona in each of its previous appearances in the district
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