Girls Varsity Hockey made the long trek to Concord, NH this afternoon to take on a strong St. Paul’s squad. We played a strong first period, out-shooting the hosts and winning lots of puck battles, but couldn’t beat the SPS goalie. Brenna Hoar ’18 made a nice pass to Raegan Hill ’19 for a good chance, and Mae Emerson ’19 narrowly missed converting a puck from Elizabeth Hernberg ’18. The home team had us on our heels for much of the second, as the long change and some lapses defensively led to a few prolonged shifts in our own end. St. Paul’s scored two quick goals, but we responded late in the period when Ellia Chiang ’21, back from injury after missing the first three games of the season, pounced on a loose puck in the neutral zone and used her speed to break in alone, making a nifty move to score her first goal of the year. The third period was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams tightening up defensively and earning good chances. We found the equalizer late in the game, when Chiang again found a loose puck and slipped it smoothly into the back of the net. We nearly found the winner in the dying minute, and again in overtime, but settled for a hard-fought 2-2 tie. All twenty healthy players contributed to this strong team effort, and we’ll look to keep the momentum going as we head to the Cushing tournament tomorrow afternoon. Many thanks to the O’Briens for the pizza after the game, and to Mr. Dougal for coordinating the meal.