Girls Ice Hockey
WA GIRLS PLAY HOCKEY: 32 girls turned out to participate in the Woodstock Academy girls ice hockey program's effort to get young girls to come out and try the game Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Jahn Ice Rink at Pomfret School.
Hockey clinic draws good numbers
The Woodstock Academy girls ice hockey program is the only one of its kind in Northeastern Connecticut.
For that matter, it’s the only one of its kind in just about all of Eastern Connecticut.
For that reason, Woodstock Academy co-head coaches Jeff Boshka and Sean Farrell know that they have to help to cultivate players to keep the program going.
That was the thought process behind the “WA Girls Play Hockey” night held recently at the Jahn Ice Rink at Pomfret School.
The Centaurs girls ice hockey team came out to try and encourage young girls to get involved with the sport and 32 girls, ages pre-school through eighth grade, took part.
“Fabulous,” Boshka said of the turnout. “We weren’t quite sure what to expect. The prior couple of weeks, we had gone into the (elementary) schools to promote it. There was great enthusiasm there and many said they were interested in coming out. You just never know who will really do it.”
The young girls were broken down into three separate groups; girls who had skated, those who had skated a little and those who were, basically, beginners in both skating and in the game.
“It was just so wonderful to see our players out there. We had grouped them, who to help, and they were engaged and helping the kids. There were lots of smiles on faces. It was just a home run,” Boshka said.
The turnout virtually assured a similar effort will be undertaken prior to next season.
Boshka said he and Farrell only discussed the idea midseason. In hindsight, Boshka thinks it should take place much earlier in the year.
“That would promote our sport and, hopefully, get those girls interested in playing (in the Griffin Youth Hockey League). We worked in conjunction with Griffin so they can get more players and get them interested. Than the girls may say, ‘Oh, there is hockey here’ and they will come out and play. Just continually foster and promote girls hockey,” Boshka said.
Some of the participants also received free skates and hockey equipment for attending the event.
Girls hockey team finishes with win over Auburn
It was a nice way to end the season for the Woodstock Academy girls ice hockey team.
The Centaurs finished up with a 7-0 win over an Auburn, Mass. combined varsity-junior varsity team at the Jahn Ice Rink Sunday.
“It was really nice to win. It may have been against their JV team, but we all played really well and came out with the win, so it’s good,” senior Ellie Jellison said.
The Centaurs are the only girls ice hockey program in Eastern Connecticut and, as such, found it hard to find games this season.
The Centaurs traveled often, including trips to Portland, Maine and a couple of stops in Boston to get contests and finished with a 5-13 record.
The Centaurs are hopeful to get involved in a league next season.
“We’ve been working with Connecticut (teams) and could end up in a league. We made a lot of contacts in Rhode Island, close games with Warwick, Cranston and Burrillville, but we would love to be in a league. I think it would be a big step forward if we can get into that (Connecticut) league and I think the girls would like that to,” said Woodstock Academy co-head coach Sean Farrell.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference does not sponsor girls ice hockey as of yet and since the Centaurs are not associated with any league, there is no postseason play.
But the season, as a whole, went well.
“I’m happy,” Farrell said. “We had a tough schedule, a lot of teams that had a lot more experience than us. We had a few games where we lost 10-1, 12-1, 13-1, but in those games, the girls skated every shift hard right to the last minute. One of the goals was just to improve player’s play, understanding of the game, and how to play on the ice. Playing through that, giving it all you got and playing 100 percent, we improved every single game. We got a little quicker, were able to handle the puck a little better, looked for plays. It forced them to do that.”
Jellison, who will go on to play college hockey at Assumption College in Worcester next season, was one of six seniors on the squad. All of them were honored prior to the Auburn game which served as Senior Day for the Centaurs.
“We only had three seasons, but it went by really fast,” Jellison said.
Regan Stuyniski, Irene Askitis, Emma Ciquera, Emma Strandson, and Ashleigh Angle were the other seniors who were honored.
“All six of them show up on time, ready to play. They listened, they learned. They came from all different experiences from playing since they were young to picking it up when they came to high school. Each one of them got better,” Farrell said.
Jellison added that everyone on the team got better.
“We’ve improved,” Jellison said. “At the beginning of the season, we only had three or four girls who really knew how to play. We had a couple of girls from the year before who learned how to play, but only three girls who had played their whole life. Now, we have four full lines that we play. They can go in there and give us breaks. It was good.”
Jellison scored two goals against Auburn and added two goals and an assist in a 6-3 loss to the Northwest Catholic-Mercy cooperative program on Friday to give her a team-best nine goals for the season.
Askitis scored her first two goals of the season against the Rockets on Sunday while Stuyniski and Ciquera (3 goals, 7 assists on the season) each had a pair of assists. Chelsea Willis, Sydney Haskins (four goals, five assists on the year) and Hannah Clark also scored in the win
Eliza Dutson led the Centaurs in scoring for the season with seven goals and six assists for 13 points.
“Wins and losses didn’t matter much, we’re not in a league. We did have some competitive games, we won some games, won some close games, so we learned how to win a little as well. In spite of the record, I think the season went very well,” Farrell said.
Girls ice hockey team downs Longmeadow
The Woodstock Academy girls ice hockey team raised its record to 4-11 with a 1-0 win over the Longmeadow (Mass.) JV program on Saturday.
Eliza Dutson scored the only goal for the Centaurs on the power play off an assist from Chelsea Willis.
Marie Gravier made 23 saves in goal for the Centaurs.
Girls ice Hockey to host clinic
The Woodstock Academy girls ice hockey team will hold a hockey clinic for first-through-eighth grade girls on Tuesday, February 26 from 6-7 p.m. at the Jahn Ice Rink at Pomfret School.
The Woodstock Academy girls team will talk about their experiences, the Centaurs coaches will be on hand and those who attend will be able to join the Centaurs for some fun games on the ice.
Those with hockey equipment are welcome to bring it. Otherwise, just skates and a helmet will be fine to participate.
Centaurs fall in Boston
Ellie Jellison scored her fifth goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Centaurs girls ice hockey team lost to Winsor School in Boston, 10-1.
Nicole Bavosi and Regan Stuyniski assisted on the Jellison goal.
Centaurs split weekend fare
The Centaurs used Super Bowl Sunday to play a game against Cranston, R.I. and fell just short at the Jahn Ice Rink at Pomfret School, 2-1, to the Thunderbirds.
Eliza Dutson scored the lone goal for the Centaurs (3-8) off assists from Bryn Miller and Sydney Haskins.
The Centaurs played Daniel Hand High School at the Northford Ice Rink Saturday night and lost to the Tigers, 10-3.
Eliza Dutson, Chelsea Willis and Maria Santucci scored for the Centaurs.
Emma Ciquera had two assists while Chelsea Willis, Ellie Jellison, Ashleigh Angle and Hannah Clark all added helpers.
Jellison, Askitis heading to the next level
Ellie Jellison could be considered a pioneer.
The Woodstock Academy senior was a member of the first-ever girls ice hockey team at the school three years ago.
Now, she will do the same at Assumption College in Worcester.
Jellison signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division II college hockey for the Greyhounds Friday. Her hockey teammate, fellow senior Irene Askitis, also signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division II college soccer for the University of New Haven.
“I was actually the first commit, so I’m technically the first girl on the team at Assumption which is really cool,” Jellison said.
Jellison is currently on the sidelines for the Centaurs due to illness. She scored four goals and had an assist in their first two games.
Jellison wasn’t sure if she wanted to play college hockey, because of her desire to go into pre-med.
But she put up a video and profile on the NCAA website and Assumption reached out to her.
“I was like, ‘Why not,’” Jellison said.
She went on an official visit to Worcester, fell in love with the school and found she wanted. Instead of pre-med, she will major in biology to have more time to concentrate on the hockey team.
“It will be a club team for the first year, so it will not be as intense as a D-II sport. They are planning to play top club teams to start, but it will develop into a D-II program,” Jellison said.
Askitis, the goalie for the Centaurs girls soccer team, always wanted to go to New Haven where she will major in forensics.
“When I was younger, I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself. Now that it’s official that I’m going to play in college, it’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders,” Askitis said.
Tough going in Boston
The Centaurs fell to 2-5 on the season with a 7-0 loss to Winsor School in Bioston on Friday afternoon.
The Centaurs travel to Simsbury on Sunday to play the Connecticut Northern Lights at 5:20 p.m.
Good road win for WA
Eliza Dutson had two goals and an assist and Emma Ciquera added a goal and an assist for the Centaurs who brought home a 5-1 victory over Cranston West from Rhode Island on Wednesday.
"Eliza just played a great all-around game," co-head coach Jeff Boshka said. "She not only scored two goals but also set up people well."
Sydney Haskins had two assists and Marie Gravier made 20 saves in net for Woodstock Academy (2-4).
Ashleigh Angle and Brynn Miller also scored for the Centaurs.
"We executed and were playing the way we coach," Boshka added. "We were moving with the puck, playing hard and starting to click and were really playing as a team."
Girls Ice Hockey