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North Star girls hockey team ties first place Essex

North Star girls hockey team

The North Star Wolves girls hockey team was all smiles after Monday afternoon's game against the Essex Red Raiders Monday afternoon.

Neither the Wolves or Red Raiders managed a goal in the 0-0 tie but the 1-5-2 Wolves weren't complaining. Essex now has a 7-0-2 record and are in first place with North Star happy with how they matched up against the visitors.

“It was a good game. We played strong,” said defenseman Ava Mayrand.

Mayrand believes the tie will give the girls confidence going forward.

Defense partner Ireland Carter believed the Wolves are improving and they “played really well” against Essex.

“Our goalie played amazing,” Carter added, of Carsyn Atkinson.

North Star head coach Dan Pettypiece said he's been coaching a long time and this was the type of game that makes him proud.

“It's great to see how well they played,” he said. “We're asking them to do things and they are doing them. That's all you can ask.”

The Wolves are still having trouble scoring goals, as they were shut out for the third straight game, all against Essex. They haven't scored since a 3-1 loss to Kingsville Jan.15. Pettypiece said opportunities are there, including a near tap-in Monday, but they have to continue to drive to the net and move their feet. The same principle holds true defensively as they have to keep their feet moving.

“They played hard and that's all you can ask as a coach,” said Pettypiece. “They haven't gotten discouraged.”

The Wolves are young this season but Pettypiece and the rest of the coaches and teacher sponsors see a bright future.

“I'm very proud of them,” said Pettypiece.

The final regular season game is next Tuesday in Kingsville at 3 p.m. Playoffs start after that.

By Ron Giofu

North star girls ties first place

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