Slew of Career Firsts Propels Southern Ice Hockey Team to Victory Over Lacey

Southern’s Ben Gautier watches a shot from his stomach head into the net through a next-period of time onslaught in the Rams’ 10- rout of Lacey on Feb. 5. (Picture by David Biggy)
Like a lot of other hockey players, Kaitlyn Braun started her path in the sport when she was just a tyke.
“I was 3 or 4 and my brothers desired to engage in road hockey,” reported the junior goaltender, who on Feb. 5 helped the Southern Regional Substantial Faculty ice hockey crew rout Lacey, 10-, at Winding River Ice Rink. “They threw me in the net with just a helmet, a stick and leg pads, and they’d shoot on me all day. But I preferred it, and I trapped with it. I have been actively playing with the boys since I was a squirt. It’s extra aggressive for me, far more of a challenge.”
The Lions didn’t pepper Braun really as a lot as her brothers, Michael and Justin, did when she was substantially younger – nine in whole, together with a breakaway chance she stoned with a couple of minutes left in the 2nd time period – but she saw more than enough high-quality photographs to make her very first job shutout a unforgettable just one.
“I’ll consider it,” she mentioned. “I just go out there and test to continue to keep everything in front of me. I do anything I can to stand on my head and assistance the crew earn.”
Right after not participating in because Jan. 22, it took the Rams a couple of shifts to get their legs heading, but it did not get very long prior to they started off scoring ambitions. Parker Lech popped in the initially intention 4:24 into the game when he took a go from Yater Henry and one-timed it into the net. Two minutes afterwards, even though at even energy, Ryan Higher delivered a rapid shot from the correct position that blistered the major 50 percent of the twine to make it 2-.
Southern did not rating in the course of the relaxation of the interval, but it was distinct to see which staff was the aggressor, and the Rams (2-2) steadily created their momentum against an undermanned Lacey squad.
Southern goaltender Kaitlyn Braun stops a puck heading toward the target for the duration of the very first period of the Rams’ 10- victory above Lacey on Feb. 5. Braun stopped 9 photographs for her initial occupation shutout. (Picture by David Biggy)
“We did not want to just take them evenly,” claimed Chris Laureigh, who swiped the opening faceoff of the next period, zipped amongst defenders and sent in the Rams’ third goal just six seconds into the second. “We did not want them to get far too quite a few shots, and we labored difficult to retain the play in their zone a lot. From there, we wished to use a ton of screens and get to rebounds.”
Only 12 seconds just after Laureigh’s aim opened the second, Henry rifled a slap shot from the still left stage into the net for a 4- hole. About 7½ minutes afterwards, the Lions received their only energy-perform prospect, but Southern retained the puck in Lacey’s fifty percent of the ice by means of significantly of it, ultimately cashing in on a quick-handed objective by Sean Rowland – the initially of his profession – with 5:20 still left in the 2nd.
Immediately after Henry swooped deep into the appropriate corner to swipe a puck from a Lacey defender and fed Ben Gautier in the slot for his 1st career aim with 3:52 to go in the time period, Gautier struck all over again 53 seconds later on when he designed an amazing effort and hard work to swat the puck, even though on his tummy, from the still left circle and into the net for a 7- guide. Lech manufactured it 8- just above a moment a afterwards.
Once into the third time period, the Rams stepped on the gasoline even more challenging, as Matt Brock registered his 1st vocation intention 1:33 into the interval with a slap shot from the appropriate place that uncovered its way even though targeted visitors and into the higher correct corner of the web. Brooks Hradek finished the sport via the mercy rule when he poked in a rebound with 10:45 remaining.
Henry and Laureigh every single concluded with a trio of helps, though Hradek and Jacob Wise just about every assisted on two targets. The Rams racked up 54 shots on objective in just about 24 minutes.
“We have a reliable (team of) men below, and we can put a really good staff on the ice when we want to work difficult,” Laureigh explained. “For us, it comes down to who truly wishes to enjoy appear recreation time. But we have a ton of talent on this workforce, and when we get the job done together, excellent items materialize.”
Heading into the contest, head mentor Graham Borg was accurately absolutely sure which Southern squad was heading to clearly show up – one that was going to engage in down to an opponent or the a single that was heading to perform the video game it was intended to perform.
“Sometimes when you are enjoying for two months and you are just practicing working day in and working day out, you start out to drag,” Borg explained. “Our last two times of follow have been terrible. But tonight, they broke off the cobwebs, knocked off the rust and had entertaining, which is precisely what they desired to do tonight. In the next period, they passed the puck superior, and which is when the offense began carrying out what it was supposed to be performing.”
— David Biggy
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