It is pretty easy for Ally Fetterly to stand out.
On many occasions when she looks out on the ice, there is no one else like her.
Fetterly is a junior at Port Huron High School, playing for the Big Reds boys hockey team. Fetterly played her freshman season on the Port Huron High and Port Huron Northern unified girls team. But beginning last year as a sophomore, she chose the road less traveled and began to suit up for the boys squad.
“I think it’s been more challenging,” Fetterly said. “It is a lot harder and the speed of the game was a lot quicker. I always have to be on my game.
“Playing for the girls wasn’t as challenging. I figured switching to the boys would be a lot better than me and help me get ready for college.
It hasn’t always been an easy transition. Fetterly has often played well while the Big Reds have struggled. Port Huron is 6-19 overall entering Wednesday’s pre-regional game against Marysville.
Fetterly has started each of those games and has often been peppered with shots.
“She has seen a ton of shots,” Port Huron coach Ben Pionk said. “She is in good shape and ready to go.”
Pionk has witnessed various reactions from other coaches when they find out Fetterly is his goaltender.
“I don’t think people around the area discount her because they have played against her and seen her,” Pionk said. “But some coaches when they see I have girl goalies they almost feel bad for me. But it’s a different story after the game.”
That’s because Fetterly can more than hold her own. Despite the Big Reds struggles this season, Fetterly has been one of the best players on the ice.
“She competes,” Marysville coach Paul Moretz said. “She competes hard. She is going into games with only nine guys. She works hard. She is very quick on the recoveries. She is solid. I think you can put her up there with any goalie in the area for sure.”
Now she hopes to finish the season on a high note and help Port Huron surprise this postseason.
“I think we have to take practice more seriously and I think we have to be more prepared before the games,” Fetterly said. “We have to have a different mindset. We have been going into games thinking we were going to lose. We have to change that mindset for us to do better.
“I do my best to keep my head in the game and stay focused. Every game is a challenge. But the more shots I face, the better I will be.”
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