WEST GOSHEN – The Unionville girls ice hockey team has proven they can win close games and for the others, they can win big like the 6-0 shutout over Radnor in an Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League game Friday.
They do this all not with a bench full of elite players, but a well-balanced roster which combines long-time players with newbies spanning eighth through 12th grades.
One of those new to the game of hockey helped contribute to the win.
Junior forward Kaelyn Murphy chipped in the final goal of the game for the very first of her high school career.
“I wasn’t expecting to get one so I was even more surprised,” she said. “It was very exciting. I was hugging everyone as I was falling. It was really fun.”
Many of the girls on the team play field hockey and she decided to make the switch to ice once the season ended.
“They said it was fun, so I decided to play with all my friends,” Murphy said. “It’s kind of like hockey, but I’m still learning.”
Unionville’s win over Radnor continued their undefeated season, which now stands at 6-0.
Radnor couldn’t have faced a tougher opponent to open their year against.
Freshman defenseman Sierra Dycio started the scoring just 1:58 into the game and was followed up 23 seconds later with a goal from eighth grade forward Claire Donovan.
Radnor’s eighth grade goaltender Tessa Landry looked nervous in the opening frame, but settled into net after the two quick goals and came up with some big saves to try and keep her team in it.
The second period, however, opened the floodgates for Unionville as they tacked on four more goals.
A shot from junior forward Emily Anderson at the point bounced over Landry’s pads at 3:58 of the second to give Unionville a 3-0 lead and they never looked back from there.
Eighth grade forward Hannah Close skated around behind the net and caught the goaltender off guard with a wrap-around at 7:09.
A backhander from eighth forward Kaitlyn Anderson came 2:58 later.
Then it was Murphy’s turn to get her first at 12:32.
Her smile was visible from everyone around the rink as her teammates on the ice and bench cheered loudest of the night for her.
The shutout is the second in a row for Unionville as they get increasingly better with each week.
“It’s been really fun,” Murphy said. “Everyone has been really nice and it’s just fun to play out there.”