With prep school programs allowed this year to hit the ice during the fall for skating and skill work , Lakes Region programs have put together a handful of exhibition games between member schools.
Sunday, New Hampton and Kimball Union met up at KUA, while Tilton took on Proctor.
At KUA, the teams played a pair of 30-minute, running time halves. During those 60 minutes of action, the Huskies held a 3-2 advantage.
Julia Pellerin, Emma Robertson and Callie McLaughlin found the back of the net for New Hampton.
“We are playing a new OT format (3v3) so just for fun we put five minutes up to try it out,” said New Hampton coach Craig Churchill. “We had drawn up a nice stretch play and fortunately for us Courtney Colarullo executed a great pass to Julia Pellerin who moved so well off the puck to create that. She capped it off with her second of the day.”
Churchill felt that newcomer Lilli Armstrong played well up front, and that Lucie Legro, Ava Gosnell and newcomer Brooke George were very solid on the blue line, controlling the play and moving the puck well.
“The girls were pumped up to hit the ice for a game,” Churchill said. “We hadn’t had a ton of time to prepare as most of our skates have been skill-based. I think they really are enjoying the extra ice on campus. They are able to be more of a part of the school community this way and spend time on campus over weekends, which usually never happens. The energy was high and it was a great opportunity for them to continue the bond and build chemistry for what we hope will be a very competitive year for us.”
Tilton and Proctor also met up at the Hornets home rink. Senior Victoria Visceglio and junior Kendall Brant had goals for the Rams.
“It was awesome to see our girls back on the ice together again,” said Tilton coach Jessica Young. “They had great energy and were flying up and down the ice. Things went very well. It was very back and forth, good goaltending on both sides.”