With four players out with injuries, including standouts Logan Lamb and Erin Eastman, Northfield fell to North Country in a surprising, 7-1 decision last week. The loss ended a five-game winning streak, dropping the Marauders’ record to 7-5.
The lack of healthy players has hurt a Northfield team with Division II title aspirations.
“When you have high expectations and then have injuries, it’s tough to overcome. It’s certainly hurt our depth,” Northfield coach Chris Amell said. “We’ve been working on the mental side of things.”
Amell said three of the four players who missed last week’s game plan to suit up and play at Brattleboro on Wednesday. The status of Eastman, who suffered a concussion earlier this season, remains unclear, Amell said.
At full strength, Northfield has played well, said Amell, citing the five-game winning streak. The 7-1 defeat might be a blessing in disguise.
“It might just be what we needed. Practices have been very good since then,” Amell said.
Rice on a roll
Winners of its last three games, and unbeaten in the last four, Rice (4-3-1) has found a rhythym recently after getting off to a slow sart.
“We have a pretty new team,” Rice coach Danie Leahy said. “We have been doing a lot of team things. Recently, for some reason, they have all pulled together.”
A fairly young squad, the team has relied on strong leadership from its three captains.
“Our three captains are all seniors and one is our goalie, one plays defense and the other plays offense, it really helps to anchor every part of our team,” said Leahy.
Also important is that the players have been translating the lessons learned in practice to plays during games, which the coaching staff is happy to see.
“For the first time, they are really seeing the ice,” said Leahy.
Top line scoring for BFA
The top line for BFA-St. Albans of Jade Remillard, Danielle Schreiner and Chelsea Ellis had a strong week for the Comets (8-2-2). Remillard had three goals and Schreiner did her one better, chipping in four tallies.
“They have a lot of good chemistry,” BFA-St. Albans coach Luke Cioffi said. “They are finding each other in the right spots at the right time.”
Ellis, who plays center on the high-scoring line, is making things click, Cioffi said.
“Chelsea has added a dimension that has opened things up for them,” Cioffi said. “The communication between them off the ice, on the bench and in practice, has been helping them.”