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2018-01-11 / Sports

Harman sets girls hockey record with 69 saves

by JASON NADOLINSKI
Reporter


Emma O’Neill, right, uses her stick to block the shot fired by Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park’s Raegan Compise while helping Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca kill off a penalty during the team’s 1-1 overtime tie Thursday at the Hamburg Nike Base rink. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Emma O’Neill, right, uses her stick to block the shot fired by Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park’s Raegan Compise while helping Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca kill off a penalty during the team’s 1-1 overtime tie Thursday at the Hamburg Nike Base rink. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca/Hamburg/ Eden goalie Adriana Harman set a team record by turning aside 69 shots to help guide her squad to a 1-1 overtime tie with Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park Thursday.

First-year head coach Tom Ferro – who was elevated to that role in early December when Brian Hillery abruptly resigned from the position – was still trying to determine as The Bee went to press whether or not Harman, a student at Eden, also broke a Western New York Girls Federation saves record in the process.

“It was a tremendous display of goaltending,” Ferro said of Harman’s heroics between the pipes. “Frontier/ Lake Shore/Orchard Park is a good team and they outshot us by a wide margin, but I felt like we played well. I’m just glad that I get to be working with a nice group of kids, and have a great assistant in Danielle Gehen too. The girls have adapted to us pretty well, being familiar with me when I was previously an assistant coach, and a couple of the older girls remember Danielle being an assistant with the team a few years ago too.”

West Seneca West Middle eighth grader Sarah Waszkielewicz scored West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden’s only goal of the game on an unassisted end-to-end rush. The first-year defenseman’s goal came early in the first period and gave her team a 1-0 advantage that would last until the third period.

“It was nice to see Sarah get rewarded for her hard work,” Ferro said. “The whole game was very tense with it being as low scoring as it was, but the girls really rallied behind Adriana. They knew they were part of something very special that night with the way she played.”

Another overtime tie was in the cards for West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden on Monday, though this time it was Lauren Brown who came up big between the pipes for her team in preserving what would be a scoreless tie through overtime. One of the biggest of Brown’s 32 saves for the game came on a breakaway right before the end of regulation.

“It was a very even, back-and-forth, well-played game by both sides,” Ferro said. “We just couldn’t break through for that goal we needed. It was a strange game in that regard; it felt like no one would score. We rang a couple of shots off the pipes, and Olivia Wade had a nice chance in close that their goalie slid across to stop just in the nick of time.”

West Seneca/Hamburg/ Eden returned to action Tuesday against Williamsville, but information about that contest was not available at press time. The team closes out its week Friday by facing Lancaster/ Iroquois/Depew before it takes on Kenmore/Grand Island Monday in a rematch of this past Monday’s game.

“We just need to find ways to score,” Ferro said. “We have a lot of girls who are normally defensemen who are playing forward, so they’re out of position a bit. Each game we have coming up presents different challenges for us, and since we’ve been so jammed up with games in January, we haven’t had much time to work on things in practice. It just comes down to mental preparation and being on the same page.

“The girls are willing to learn and do what they’re told. I ask for their best and they give it to me and to each other. That’s a great foundation for building up the team concept. As we keep learning, we’ll only get better as the years progress. I see the future as very bright for this group.”

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