Dozers Capture DekHockey Fall Title
LEOMINSTER -- The RPE Dozers are the Leominster DekHockey Center’s Women’s League fall champions.
On one of the coldest Monday nights of the fall, the top two teams from the regular season squared off in the Women’s League championship series at the center.
In Game 1 of the best-of-three finals, the top-ranked Dozers and second-seeded Rebels both got to work early in the first period, trading turnovers and offensive chances. It was the Dozers, however, who were able to get their offense running en route to a 3-0 victory and an early series lead.
With just under seven minutes left in the first period, the Dozers struck first when Sarah Proctor cycled the ball down the boards and behind the net to Stacey Proctor, who came around the net and slid a pass to Sophie Schuster. Schuster snapped a shot bar down for a 1-0 Dozers lead.
Just 90 seconds later, the Dozers broke in on a 3-on-2, as Emily Colcord passed to Schuster, who assisted to Sarah Proctor for the tap-in goal and a 2-0 lead.
The teams settled in and traded chances and physical play in the corners.
Midway through the second period the Dozers established a cycle and peppered goalie Nancy Adams. Sarah Proctor slid a pass to Schuster. whose wrist shot was saved. The Dozers kept coming, however, as Mikayla Walsh tracked down the rebound in the right circle, turned and wristed a shot far top corner for the 3-0 lead.
Goalie Lauren Sanford slammed the door for the Dozers, who established 1-0 series lead.
The Dozers wasted no time taking control in Game 2 to close out the championship. Just 46 seconds into the game, Emily Butler passed to Mikayla Walsh, who touch-passed to Schuster for a one-timer and a 1-0 lead. Thirty-six seconds later Walsh kept the ball in at the point and passed down low to Schuster, who found Sarah Proctor for a one-timer and a 2-0 Dozers lead.
Nearing the end of the first, Walsh retrieved a ball from her own end sent an indirect pass to Butler, who broke in 2-on-1 with Lisa Kilroy. Butler passed to Kilroy, who converted a forehand-backhand move for a 3-0 Dozers lead.
Throughout the second period the Rebels poured the shots on the Dozers net. Alyssa L’Ecuyer, Alexis Lowe and Heather Grimes all had terrific scoring chances, but Dozers goalie Sanford was up to the task and the score remained 3-0 at the end of second.
The third period saw both teams trade chances and missed opportunities until late in the third when Dozers’ Colcord fired a pass from the corner to Butler, who deflected it in for the 4-0 lead and final score.