After falling onto the ice, Co-Captain Emily Batchelor ’19 was kicked in the face by her St. Paul’s opponent, who was immediately ejected from the game on Saturday. Despite the injury, Batchelor remained in the game and helped Andover Girls Hockey win their game against St. Paul’s 4-3, bringing their record to 4-1-3.
Indi Wagner ’22 said, “[Batchelor’s] ear hurt a little, but she was back and it was really great because we definitely needed her throughout the rest of the game. She’s a super strong player and a key to our team.”
Down two goals late in the third period, Anna Bargman ’21 and Abby Volo PG’19 each scored a goal to tie the game at 3-3, forcing overtime.
In overtime, Olivia Nolan ’20 fought out of a double team and passed the puck to Co-Captain Kelly McCarthy ’19, who scored the game-winning goal. According to Co-Captain Erin Kelley ’19, McCarthy’s game-winner was set up by a strong defensive play on the other end of the ice.
Andover trailed by by two goals at two different points in the game, but McCarthy said she was proud of the way her teammates reacted to the deficits.
“[My teammates were] relentless and working hard and encouraging each other and that’s the kind of thing that’s going to make the differences. That and that we’re not just sitting back on our heels after they score one goal,” said McCarthy
According to Wagner, McCarthy’s leadership helped inspire the team to fight as hard as it could and get back into the game.
Wagner said, “In the first period, we started out a little flat. As usual, Kelly McCarthy, one of our team captains, was able to get the energy up a ton. And at the end of the game, we were all super excited and had a lot of energy going in the third period, which is where we made our big comeback.”
McCarthy said that the team needs to keep riding its high momentum moving forward in the season.
“I want to maintain this energy that we have coming off of this win from St. Paul’s. Obviously it’s a great accomplishment and we’re super excited, but we can’t be complacent with it because every team from here on out is going to be a challenge and they’re going to be a team like St. Paul’s,” said McCarthy.
According to McCarthy, the team’s chemistry is coming along as the season progresses.
McCarthy said, “I think [the team is] coming together really well, I think people are really working hard trying to see what works, what clicks on the ice between the different lines and everything, and I think that work that we put on off the ice too is making a world of a difference.”