By John Anderson
Tuesday was the last home game for the girls hockey team, and they did not disappoint their fans. It was senior night as well, and four were recognized for their commitment to the team: Hayley Dauteil, Sami Crowley, Laura Mikelonis, and Monica Keith. Only Monica physically attends Auburn High, but they were all Auburn Girls Hockey Seniors on this night.
The game was in Auburn’s favor for the entire 45 minutes, and Rachel Crowley scored first at 2:42 assisted by Julia Crowley and Hunter Bailey. At 9:00, Dominique Jose found the back of the net with assists by Brittany Bowes and Julia Crowley.
Matignon answered back 30 seconds later, but at 11:05 Rachel Crowley got her second goal assisted by Julia Crowley and Brittany Bowes. The Warriors got in one more score, and before the end of the first period, Auburn Goalie Nicole LaCroix took an awkward fall and appeared injured. She finished the period but did not return for the rest of the game.
While the Rockets were in control 3-2 at the start of the second period, there was no safety margin. Coach LaPrad got all his players on the ice and made sure all the seniors saw good time.
The second period belonged to Auburn with five goals: 1:22 Rachel Crowley assisted by Brittany Bowes; 3:18 Katie Mason, unassisted; 5:49 Rachel Crowley assisted by Sami Crowley and Tori Konicki; 9:29 Julia Crowley assisted by Hunter Bailey on a shorthanded goal; and Megan Fleming assisted by Katie Mason.
Matignon came out strong in the third period and kept the puck in front of Auburn’s net for a few minutes as Annie Graves started her second period as goalie. When there was a sudden lull in the Warrior offense, the puck moved to the opposite end and Samantha Moreau scored at 2:55 with a Nicole Berthiaume assist.
Tori Konicki got the tenth goal assisted by Megan Fleming at 11:11. Matignon shot at 11:54 and finally got the best of Auburn’s rookie keeper. The goal, however, made no difference. The game was done.
Junior Captain Rachel Crowley had four goals in this game and will be a welcomed leader next season. Cousin Julia Crowley and junior Brittany Bowes each had three assists.
Being a backup goalie is difficult in any sport since playtime is often very limited or, in many cases, non-existent. Annie Graves did well, but she has a lot to learn. Some of that must come from experience.
Even though the Matignon game was on Tuesday and the win over Bourne was on Monday, this article’s headline reads “Three Games, Three Wins This Week.” Last night the Rockets defeated Algonquin 3-1 on the road. And, to make this week even sweeter, the boys won their first game of the season, 4-2 over Marian at home.