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Shamrocks Open JWHL Season 2-2-0

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 10:54AM

The Shamrocks opened up their first JWHL game of the year vs Pacific Steelers on Friday morning. The Shamrocks fell to the PAC 3-1 on an empty net goal. In the first two periods, it was all Pacific. At the end of the first, it was 1-0 PAC, then after 2 it was 2-0 PAC. Goaltender, Kia Castonguay was outstanding in net for the Shamrocks facing 42 shots and only allowing 2 goals. The Shamrocks had some great opportunities in the first two periods but could not capitalize. After the second period intermission, the Shamrocks turned it around. With 12:48 remaining in the third period, Meagan MacNeil nets her first goal of the season from linemates Michaela Boyle and Kelly Golini. The Shamrocks kept fighting but could not find the back of the net. Unfortunately, with a couple minutes remaining in the period, the Shamrocks get put in the box. The Shamrocks pulled their goalie to even things out, but the PAC found the back of the empty net to make it 3-1.

Friday night the Shamrocks hit the ice against Balmoral Hall for their second game. The Shamrocks got on the board early at 19:24 with a goal from Kelly Golini assisted by Meagan MacNeil and Michaeal Boyle. 6 minutes later at 11:45, Meagan MacNeil nets the Shamrocks second goal from Golini. Balmoral responds at 10:23 to make it 2-1. At 7:40, Rose Mrocka, the Shamrocks go to penalty killer nets a short-handed goal to make it 3-1. 2 minutes later at 5:48, Lexi Stanisewski nets her first of the season from Jaden Trboyevich and Paige Sullivan. With 21 seconds left in the period, Balmoral nets their second ending the period 4-2, Shamrocks. Meagan Grants starts the scoring of the second period at 11:28 making it 5-2 Shamrocks. Lexi Stanisewski nets her second of the game with a great tip from Meagan Grant's shot that she received from Courtney Kelly. The Shamrocks end the second period up 6-2. At 13:25 of the third, Balmoral player Keyara Lea nets her second of the game making it 6-3. Soon after at 12:10, Balmoral scores again making it 6-4. Coach Doherty calls a timeout to settle the Shamrocks down and regroup. The Shamrocks are able to keep the score at 6-4 until Balmoral pulls their goalie and Meghan Galanos hits an empty net shot ending the game 7-4, Shamrocks. Cassidy McEwen was the netminder for the Shamrocks facing 37 shots.

Shamrocks faced NAHA White for their first game on Saturday. After the first period NAHA nets 2 powerplay goals making it 2-0. In the second period, NAHA nets their third powerplay goal making it 3-0. NAHA responds again at even strength making it 4-0. At 3:12, Katie Leffler nets her first of the season from Courtney Gauthier making it 4-1 to end the second. The Shamrocks cannot find the net in the third and NAHA ends up scoring twice in the third making it 6-1. Cassidy McEwen stood on her head for the Shamrocks facing 61 shots.

Saturday night the Shamrocks ended the JWHL Boston Weekend with the New England Hockey Club. NEHC gets on the board first at 6:32 with a power play goal which ends up being the only goal scored in the first period. In second period, Bella Hanson nets her first of the season from Michaela Boyle on a 5-3 powerplay at 15:33. NEHC responds back on the power play at 12:58 making it 2-1 NEHC. With 8:09 remaining in the period, Sarah King gets the puck from defenseman Meghan Galanos and ties the game at 2-2 on the power play. At 6:41 of the third period, Paige Sullivan gets the GWG putting the Shamrocks up 3-2. With 4:32 remaining in the period, Courtney Kelly gives the Shamrocks a go ahead goal making it 4-2. The Shamrocks end the weekend with a 2-2-0 record.