In the first period where shots favored Cheverus 6/5, Clipper Goaltender Allie Perrotta came up with 2 big saves. Early in the first a Stag player broke in off the left wing and tried to go top corner when Allie snagged it with a quick glove.. Moments later, another break in for the Stags as a player cuts across the crease and Perrotta, in her butterfly position, kicks out the puck with her left pad to a Clipper wing for a break out. First period ends 0-0.
In the Second, Cheverus gets on the board first 5:35 into the period tipping in a rebound in front of a crowded net. About 5 minutes a later similar result. The Clippers answer back quickly scoring off the the next face-off. Lizzie Guertler wins the draw back to Hannah Swift, Swift gets the puck deep in the zone. Stags attempt to clear it when Swift holds the line and gets a shot on goal, Sadie Carnes gets the rebound and finds the net. 2-1 end of the second. Clippers out shot the Stags 12-8 in the second.
During intermission, the Lady Clippers Senior Captains, Sophie Newberg and Paige Rinaldi where very encouraging in the locker room and helped get the team ready to finish strong. The Clippers came out flying. Lots of pressure on the puck forcing Cheverus mistakes. 9:48 into the third period Freshman Chloe White did a fantastic job holding the blue line keeping the puck in the zone. She feeds a pass to her partner Swift. Swift walks in gets a shot on goal and once again there is Sadie Carnes to put in the rebound. Game is now 2-2 with a little over 5 to play. The Clippers kicked it into another gear owning the neutral zone and playing together, sticking to the plan. With 2:30 remaining Hannah Swift plays a soft clear off the boards for a line change, Olivia Bradford doesn’t change and sees an opportunity to win the race to the puck chases it down. She fakes out 2 defenders and rips a wrist shot top shelf to make it 3-2 Clippers with 2:06 on the clock. The Clippers hold on with great team defense for a huge win over the 2018-19 State Champs.
“This was a huge win for our confidence. We played as a team tonight and stuck with our plan. I am very proud of how everyone played. The girls have been working hard all year out shooting teams and losing 1 goal games. They deserved this win. We have 2 “revenge” games Christmas week, Greely (Mon), Winslow (Fri) then we have a little break before we hit the final stretch. Its going to be an exciting run, don’t miss it ”
-Coach Dave Intraversato