The New England Hockey Club (NEHC) traveled, through the frigid weather, to Rochester, NY this weekend for the JWHL Rochester Weekend. The team played four games over three days, more specifically against the Balmoral Hall Blazers on Friday, the North American Hockey Academy (NAHA) and the Mississauga Junior Chiefs on Saturday, and the Ridley College Tigers on Sunday.
Game 1: NEHC @ Balmoral Hall Blazers
In the first game of the weekend, NEHC faced off against the Balmoral Hall Blazers. NEHC gave up an early goal in the first period, but were able to battle back to tie the game at one on the power play. After a great play that saw SR D Logan Yamaguchi take a shot from the point that was deflected by JR F Savannah Willard, SO F Raquel Ade was able to find the puck in front and deposit it in the net. Unfortunately, the Blazers quickly responded by scoring a short-handed goal and added third goal before the period ended. The remainder of the game was tightly-contested, with opportunities coming for both teams. Balmoral ultimately added one goal in the second and two in the third, which resulted in the game ending with NEHC falling 6-1.
Game 2: NEHC vs NAHA White
In the second game of the weekend, NEHC had an early morning matchup against NAHA. After a fantastic first period, in which NEHC played strong defensive hockey and gave up only one goal, NAHA’s offense exploded for five goals in the second. The third period was similar to the first, with NEHC playing hard defensively and limiting NAHA’s offense. The game ended with NAHA winning 8-0.
Game 3: NEHC @ Mississauga Jr. Chiefs
In the third game of the weekend, and Saturday’s second game, NEHC took on the Mississauga Junior Chiefs. After three goals against in the first period, NEHC settled in and played a solid forty-five minutes. The game had back-and-forth action, with a number of scoring opportunities for both teams. The Chiefs were able to capitalize on one opportunity in both the second and third period, which resulted in the game ending with NEHC falling 5-0.
Game 4: NEHC vs Ridley College Tigers
The final game of the weekend was at 7:00am on Super Bowl Sunday against the Ridley College Tigers. Aside from three defensive breakdowns that resulted in three goals against, NEHC played well in the first period. The team was able to create some scoring chances and played solid in the defensive zone. In the second period, NEHC continued the strong play. After a weak early goal against, SR F Carissa Hlywa scored a beautiful goal on the penalty kill to put NEHC on the board. After NEHC cleared the puck on the penalty kill, SR F Maxi Bird used her tremendous speed to force a turnover by Ridley defenseman. Having dropped her stick, SR F Maxi Bird was able to make a kick-pass to SR F Carissa Hlywa, who walked to the middle of the ice and sniped high and short-side on the Ridley goalie. Ridley added another goal before the period ended and lead 5-1 after two periods. In the third period, NEHC came out strong and continued to play well. However, midway through the period, NEHC had a three-minute lapse in focus and Ridley deposited three quick goals. Shortly after, NEHC responded by scoring their second goal of the game. Off of a textbook defensive-zone faceoff loss, which saw SR F Maxi Bird, JR F Savannah Willard, and SO F Raquel Ade force the Ridley defensemen to turnover the puck, SR F Maxi Bird again used her speed to generate a breakaway and score. The game ended with Ridley winning 8-2.