Momentum pg 9 2-8-18

To many on the Woodstock Academy sideline, it was a goal.
That’s not how the officials saw it
It may have changed the momentum of the girls’ hockey game between the Centaurs and the Avon-Southington-East Granby-RHAM cooperative.
The Knighthawks prevailed over the Centaurs Feb. 3 at the Jahn Ice Rink at Pomfret School, 4-1.
The Knighthawks were up 2-1 late in the first period when Ellie Jellison broke in and sent a shot at Arielle Ohayon.
It appeared to go over the goalie’s right shoulder.
“Clearly the puck was in the goal,” said Woodstock Academy coach Jeff Boshka.
“There was no sound so I think it hit the top of the net. It’s tight up there and it just shot right back out. What was so frustrating about it was not just the goal, but the momentum shift.”
The Centaurs (5-4) had the momentum early.
Lily Wilcox took a pass from Hailey Armstrong and scored her second goal of the season on the power play just 3 ½ minutes into the game.
The Knighthawks (4-11-1) tied it on a power-play goal of their own from defenseman Caroline Nisbet just two minutes later.
The Avon cooperative then made it 2-1 on another goal by another defenseman.
Abby Lamson got an assist from her blue-line partner Kayla Clark and made it 2-1 with 3:44 left in the first period.
“They did a good job of spreading us out,” said Centaurs assistant coach Sean Farrell.
“They work it down low, then get it up to the defense and when we chase it up there, things are open in front. Their defense are very good skaters and they are able to make the pivots to walk the blue line.”
To add to the Knighthawks’ momentum going into the locker room, in addition to the waved off Centaurs’ goal, Sydney Rice scored with one second left in the period to make it 3-1.
Kori Bartko finished the scoring just 1:46 into the second period with another goal for the Knighthawks.
Despite the loss, Boshka is happy with what he’s seen this season.
“Overall, we’re happy. Their growth and development, knowledge of the game, skill level and the intangibles. They like to be together. We went to a UConn (hockey game Friday) and had a blast. I’m liking the big picture,” Boshka said.
Marc Allard
Sports Information Director

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