The Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team finished their season on Sunday, February 16th with an overall record of 11 wins and 10 losses. The Panthers battled all the way to the WIHLMA Championship, where, as Head Coach John Ritchie noted, “they were excited to have the opportunity to add another trophy to the year.” Their first came when they won the Annual HRM Tournament, which you can read all about here.
This year’s WIHLMA Championship was held at Rye Country Day on February 15th and 16th. In the semifinal game, the Panthers blew past Holton Arms, coming away with a 6-1 win. Hailey Wexler '21 opened the scoring in the first period, off an assist from Lauren Chase '23. In the second period, the Panthers extended their lead, netting five goals while maintaining strong defense. Wexler picked up her second goal, followed quickly by a goal from Chase, assisted by Nora Appleby '23. Sophomore Ally Antonacci '22 added two more to the board, both off passes from Wexler. Hannah Choe '21 finished out the scoring for the Panthers with 4:04 left in the second period. While Holton Arms was able to slide one by PDS goaltender Abigail Ashman '23 with four minutes remaining in the game, the Panthers came away with a great win! Ashman had 11 saves, while the Panthers were able to generate an impressive 39 shots on goal.
“They jumped on Holton Arms early and it really allowed all of our players to have ice-time and receive the rest they needed heading into the championship game,” observed Coach Ritchie.
On Sunday, the team faced off against Rye Country Day School in the championship game. Senior Caroline Haggerty ‘20 got PDS on the board in the second, thanks to a power play goal assisted by Wexler and Antonacci. Despite a well played game and this early goal, the Panthers fell just short of victory.
“Unfortunately, we made two mistakes at the end of the second period and could not recover,” Coach Ritchie explained. The Panthers received great goaltending all weekend from Ashman, who tallied 31 saves in the final game. Despite losing 2-1, the team walked away with their heads high. “They worked very hard and each player left with a sense of pride in the team and the season,” said Coach Ritchie.