The Boston Shamrocks U19 women’s team has been playing games in the 2012-13 season since August.
In mid-November, they finally got a chance to play a pair of true home games against Stanstead College (i.e. prep school) out of Quebec. Both resulted in wins.
The team also went 2-2 against other Junior Women’s Hockey League Southern Division teams over the first weekend of the month. That league weekend at Cyclones Arena in Hudson, N.H., took place not far from the Shamrocks’ home in Wilmington, Mass.
“We’ve had a pretty good November. We didn’t travel too far, but we’re getting ready for a big December,” said head coach Josh Hechter.
The team had a JWHL league weekend at Quinnipiac University and Yale University (where the Shamrocks went 2-2) and another two weeks later at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They close December at the Polar Bears Invitational Tournament in Connecticut.
November saw some great personal highlights and general player improvement, as well.
Kassi Abbott, a sophomore from Medford, Mass., earned her first start and shutout win in the second game against Stanstead. “She did great,” added Hechter.
In front of Abbott, senior forward Mary Donovan has been tops offensively. The Duxbury, Mass., resident led the Shamrocks in JWHL scoring with seven points in eight league games. She had a four-point weekend in Hudson, including a three-assist effort against the Minnesota Thoroughbreds.
“She’s really been working hard and she’s really consistent,” said Hechter.
Out of Florida, Grace Kleinbach has been impressive, with a couple of goals in that November league weekend.
“Things are starting to click for her,” said Hechter.
Additionally, Vermont native Aly Hardy had a productive November and is “starting to come into her own and put the puck in the net,” the coach added.
Defenseman Rachel Ade, another Floridian along with Kleinbach and Kayley Romano, “has been doing a great job” on the defense.
Ade had four points in Hudson and her four goals led all Shamrocks in that category going into the Quinnipiac/Yale league weekend.
Klienbach is a post-grad player, while Ade and Hardy are Class of 2013 seniors. Hechter expects to have most of his 2012 team back in 2013.
“I think there are going to be a couple of the seniors coming back for a post-grad year,” said Hechter. “We have such a young team, we’re only going to need to fill eight spots for next year’s team, so it’s great that, with a lot of kids who are getting the experience now, it’ll pay off rest of this season and they’ll be impact players next season.”
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