TELLURIDE – Telluride’s U-19 girls hockey team put their game faces on for a three-game blitz at the Hanley Rink, in which the home team emerged triumphant in all three outings.
On top of chalking up three wins over the weekend, the ladies also managed to continue their four-game streak of shutouts, with rivals Alamosa (Team NM) and Gunnison being unable to squeeze a single point onto the scoreboard all weekend long.
Telluride beat Alamosa Saturday afternoon 3-0 and Gunnison Saturday night 2-0. They returned to the rink on Sunday and again beat Alamosa, 1-0.
“This is a good bunch of young ladies who really want to win, and are working really hard at it,” said coach John Cohn following his team’s big weekend at home.
Telluride’s U-19 girls have a reputation to uphold, after all: They were Colorado’s U-19 State Champs last year. Telluride skated to the easy win on Saturday against Alamosa propelled by a hat-trick from Natalie Brown. During Saturday night’s game against Gunnison, Madison Ward was the girl with the goal-scoring skills, sweeping both Telluride points into the net off Chancee Forestier assists. It was in that outing, against Gunnison, that Telluride’s offense exploded. While Telluride netminder Kathrine Hess fielded 11 shots, Gunnison’s goalie was peppered with 30.
Telluride capitalized on the offensive prowess of players like Brown, Ward and Forestier, but Cohn added that a team couldn’t possibly win four shutout games in a row without some pretty significant defensive skill. Naomi Major and Mckenzie Bronson were forces to reckon with on the ice this weekend. Adding to the Telluride success were the talents of the team’s third-line players, who on Sunday emerged as the only line to score a goal against Alamosa. Jessie Solomon came through with the game-winning goal off a pass from Carla Stauder. Meanwhile, Jacquie Distefano made her debut in goal and upheld Telluride’s winning streak.
Coach Cohn said the four-game win streak will help the team as they soon face their toughest competition of the season, when they travel to Denver to play Arvada and Colorado Select in early January. “Winning becomes contagious; it’s like a habit, when you believe you can win at almost any cost. So it’s always good to win… but the next two games are gonna be tough,” he said.