By Chris Zadorozny
A renewed rivalry between Cabrini and Gabriel Richard showed itself Wednesday night in Riverview.
In what proved to be a close game, both Cabrini and GR had their chances throughout the night, but one team was going to come out on top some way.
In the end, it was the Monarchs who came out on top, 1-0, over the Pioneers in a dramatic effort between both squads.
Early on, it was back and forth, as both the Monarchs and Pioneers had chances of their own, but couldn’t capitalize.
The eventual game-winning goal-scorer, junior Erin Lockard missed two shots in the first 10 minutes of the game, as the first one was stopped by junior goaltender, Kelly Henderson, and the second shot was wide right.
The Pioneers had chances of their own as Richard senior Ashley Henderson had her shot stopped by starting Monarch goaltender, junior Allison Surma.
Ashley Henderson would provide another opportune scoring chance but shot it just left of the net about 15 minutes into the game.
It went back and forth the rest of the half, with few chances, but back and forth play. It wasn’t until 1:50 left in the first half, that the Pioneers had their shot to take the lead.
Henderson took a pass right in front of the Monarch net, but Surma stopped her header.
Cabrini started to pour on the pressure to start the second half, and it eventually paid off.
Three of the first four scoring chances came from the Monarchs, but the Pioneers once again had a chance to take the lead on their first scoring opportunity of the second half.
Once again, Ashley Henderson had another header opportunity, but it went just wide left, 10 minutes into the second half.
The Monarchs took advantage of the fact that Ashley Henderson was well guarded, and jumped on an opportunity with 17 minutes left in the game.
After a shot from the top of the box came in, Kelly Henderson stopped it, but the rebound squirted out to Lockard who ripped it into the empty net.
“We didn’t have a lot of clean opportunities, but we had enough I think to, were we probably should’ve scored, but that’s the game,” said Gabriel Richard head coach Adam Kuhn. “They had so much more character, and they tackled hard, they went up to every lighted ball, they won all the air balls, all the 50-50 balls. They wanted it a little bit more. I just hope that my team kind of sees what that takes and they can apply that.”
The Pioneers had a few more chances to tie the game late, but in the end, Surma came up big with a couple of late saves to secure the victory.
“I thought the girl’s played hard, played all the way until the end,” said Cabrini head coach Frank Mlodzik. “I thought we played well defensively, Ashley Henderson, their number two’s a great player, thought we did a great job kind of slowing her down.”
Cabrini will now look to Cranbrook on Tuesday while the Pioneers travel to Lutheran North that same afternoon.
To read the original post that appeared in the Downriver News-Herald on May 2, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald