WEST GOSHEN -- Unionville girls ice hockey head coach Fred Henjes knew he would have a good team this season, but never thought he’d have an undefeated one five games into the campaign.
The Indians continued their perfect run as they met winless Avon Grove and used a four-goal first period to skate away with a 6-0 drubbing in an Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League contest Friday night at Ice Line.
“We have a really nice team this year,” Henjes said. “We have a really young team, so we never know quite how things are going to go.”
The win even came with his skaters trying something new Friday as well.
“We asked a lot of different players to play different roles tonight and they did a great job,” Henjes said.
The moving of positions was to help the team become even better by learning how to handle all possibilities.
“We tried girls out at different positions so girls could learn equally so when we’re in other situations where we need them, they’ll be helpful,” said captain Jordan Hagerty.
What the score doesn’t show is the effort of Avon Grove goaltender Alyssa Adie. The junior and first-year player, has been between the pipes for all four games for the Red Devils this season and was better than the numbers indicate.
Though she allowed six goals, she did make 23 saves, some of which were big pad saves in an attempt to keep her team in the game.
“(Adie) did a great job,” Henjes said. “I think she was a little bit shocked in the first period when we came out, but she settled down and made it a very nice game from there on.”
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Unionville kept continuous pressure on its opponent. Avon Grove could barely muster any shot attempts of its own while having to fend off the Indians.
It proved to be too much for them as Unionville struck early and often, especially in the first period.
With Adie on her stomach after making a save on junior forward Catherine Ward, freshman defenseman Sierra Dycio scooped up the rebound and got it over the goaltender 1:08 in.
Senior defenseman Hagerty added to the lead 59 seconds later when she stole the puck from a defender in the slot.
She was at it again as she sped through two defenseman and scored her second of the game to make it 3-0 at 4:43 of the first.
While short-handed, eighth grade forward Hannah Close put the game out of reach when she beat Adie through the five-hole.
Eighth grader Claire Donovan and senior forward Alexandra Mapa added two more goals - one each in the second and third - to give the Indians their fifth win of the season and the first shutout for junior goaltender Lillian Jones (10 saves).
“I can’t say enough about the team,” Henjes said. “They’re playing so well. I’m very proud of them.”
Unionville 6, Avon Grove 0
Avon Grove 0 0 0--0
Unionville 4 1 1--6
Unionville goals: Hagerty 2, Donovan 2, Dycio, Mapa.
Goalies saves: Adie (AG) 23; Jones (U) 10.