Ice Hockey: Unionville girls get first blemish on record

This article can be found published on the Daily Local News‘ website.
Jordan Hagerty may have given Unionville a 2-0 lead, but it wouldn't last. (Candice Monhollan)

Jordan Hagerty may have given Unionville a 2-0 lead, but it wouldn’t last. (Candice Monhollan)

WEST GOSHEN — As the old cliché goes, all good things must come to an end.

For the Unionville girls ice hockey team (9-0-1), that moment came Friday night at Ice Line against Downingtown West (5-3-1) in an Inter County Scholastic Hockey League game which ended in a 2-2 tie.

Though it’s not considered a loss, it still puts an end to the undefeated season Unionville had going.

“We have a little bit of a spot on our record,” said Unionville assistant coach Dave Elvin. “I think it’s indicative of the break and being away for a little bit. That’s a very, very good team, too.”

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Unionville faced what seemingly looked like a brick wall along the blue line at times as Downingtown West continually broke up plays and wouldn’t allow rushes into its end.

“They are one of the more balanced teams that we have come across,” Elvin said. “They have a very balanced attack and two very solid lines for them. They were a very disciplined team and we couldn’t get through.

“We came into the game knowing that they are a very good team. We saw how they were playing other teams, so we were very much aware of them. Hats off to them for playing the way they did.”

Unionville got off to the start they were hoping for, but it was a frustrating game for them offensively as Downingtown West put up a solid defensive front.

Eighth-grader Hannah Close started the scoring after a shot she took bounced off a skate and under eighth-grade goaltender Lucy Brumberger’s pads at 2:33 of the first, but the other goal wouldn’t be so easy to score.

Brumberger pulled some stellar moves as she made save after save as the game went on, including two huge stops almost six minutes into the second period with sophomore forward Lizzy Gaebel sitting on her doorstep and getting two whacks on the puck.

Downingtown West clogged the blue line and were stringent in allowing any Unionville player past with the puck and were even breaking up odd-man rushes before they had a chance to enter the offensive zone.

It took until the second period for Unionville to strike again. Senior defenseman Jordan Hagerty was stationed at the right post and was able to get the puck in after a couple attempts at 1:40 of the second for a 2-0 lead. Brumberger had to be tremendous as the Whippets were outshot 19-1 in the second. Despite being outshot by a hefty margin, Downingtown West was stayed in the game against the Indians.

The fight back started when Keerstyn Windle tapped in shot from the side of the net at 6:54 of the second to to within one.

After failing to convert on a power play late in the second, Downingtown West kept the pressure up and though freshman goaltender McKenzie Myers shut the door numerous times, they got the equalizer after a tough angle shot from along the boards by Delaney Carle beat Myers between her skate and the post with 2:50 left in regulation.

Unionville received a power play with 2:33 left, but were unable to convert, though Myers came up big on a short-handed breakaway by Libby Barbato to keep it tied.

Though the perfect season may be spoiled, the tie won’t put a damper on the spirits of the girls as the postseason looms on the horizon.”We’ve got to make sure that we get our legs back and we will by playoff time,” Elvin said. “We have such a great team and such a great camaraderie that they can weather most storms.”

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