Tallying twice in the third period and receiving 26 saves from Emily Greenhaw, Greenwich Academy skated to an important 4-2 win over ice hockey foe Millbrook School Monday in Millbrook, N.Y.
With the comeback victory, the Gators raised their record to 9-8-1 and kept their hopes of qualifying for the NEPSAC tournament alive.
“It was a great game by our team, they battled all over the ice,” GA coach Erin Brawley said. “It was a huge game for us in terms of putting us in position to hopefully, make the playoffs.”
After Millbrook took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Nicole Bessinger with 14:50 remaining in the first period, Ava Butz tied the score at 1-1 for GA, tallying at the 7:42 mark of the period. Bobbi Roca and Grace Schulze each assisted on Butz’s goal.
Millbrook regained the lead when Emma Gotthelf converted a shot with 8:25 to go in the second period, but Greenwich Academy came right again.
At the 3:06 mark of the third period, Paige Keating’s unassisted goal knotted the score at 2-2 for the Gators. The third period belonged to GA. Eliza Bowman opened the third-period scoring with 6:57 left to play. Roca set Bowman up for the go-ahead goal.
Schulze gave the Gators a two-goal edge at 4-2, scoring with 2:54 remaining in the final period. Grace Curran assisted on GA’s last goal.
“It was a big win for our team, they beat us at the beginning of the season, so we got some redemption,” Brawley said.
Numerous players rose to the occasion on the road for GA on Monday.
“Ava Butz played one of the best games she ever played at GA,” Brawley said. “Emily Greenhaw was unbelievable in net for us, standing up tall when we needed her. Grace Schulze was battling in all the corners, Eliza Bowman was getting pucks to the net and Bobbi Roca paced the team’s play.”
Greenwich Academy concludes its regular season with a game against Worcester Academy on Friday at 6 p.m. at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. GA will celebrate its Senior Night in a game they must win to remain in contention for a berth in the NEPSAC Tournament.