Today was the final day of pool play at the 2019 Girls 16/17 Player Development Camp and the stage is now set for tomorrow’s final matchups, with White taking on Light Blue for the camp championship. Recaps and box score links for each of today’s games can be found below.
Tomorrow’s Game Schedule
Navy will take on Gray for 7th place at 12:45 p.m. local time before Red and Gold play for 5th place at 2:30 p.m. The third-place game features Royal and Black facing off at 4:15 p.m. to clear the way for the camp championship at 6 p.m.
After three games, Light Blue's Emma Thomas (Central District) leads the camp in points (4) and goals (3). Jersey Phillips (New York District), also from Light Blue, leads the way in assists (3). For goalies, Gold's Hannah Skavnak (Minnesota District) has made the most saves (44), while Light Blue's Callie Shanahan (Michigan District) leads in goals-against average (0.87) and save percentage (.971).
Officiating Futures Camp
Along with the development of players here in St. Cloud, the officials working the games are also attending a development camp. Sixteen female officials with aspirations to become better at what they do, including two from Mexico, one from China and one from the United Kingdom, are all taking part in the Futures Camp, which continues the education and instruction needed to qualify to work USA Hockey National Championship tournaments along with becoming eligible to work higher level officiating camps.
The Futures Camp includes games, on-ice sessions and classroom work where they look at the film from their games to evaluate themselves and each other.
On Thursday, two officiating instructors spoke to the players at a camp meeting about the process for becoming an official and the current advancement opportunities within USA Hockey's officiating programs.
To close out the day, the teams were back on the ice for the third practice of camp. Today’s session was focused on angling, both in tight areas and open ice. The practice began with three stations followed by a full-ice drill that teaches players to “read the rush.” To end practice, the teams played a full-ice game that begins 4-on-4 with two defenders beneath each goal line who have an opportunity to join the play.
Royal 2, Red 0: Royal’s Juliana Constantinople opened the scoring at the 1:50 mark of the opening half with Olivia Haag picking up an assist on the play. It took until the final minute of the game to see another puck hit the back of the net, with Royal doubling its lead on an unassisted goal from Mia Lopata. Ashlyn Lewis and Lexington Secreto combined for a 12-save shutout.
White 4, Navy 3 (OT): Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals from Jessica Ciarrocchi and Beth Sinson. Kaley MacDonald and McKenzie Rich picked up the helpers in the opening 23 minutes and goalie Caitlin Boudiette stopped all 18 shots she faced. White’s Emilie Prive brought White within one early in the second half before Navy regained its two-goal lead when Ella Fesette scored at the 6:20 mark. From that point on, it was all White, who used goals from heather Mcavoy, Kassia Brooks and Samantha Brooks to even the score at the end of regulation. The game-winner came from White’s Samantha DeLeo netted the game winner with just over a minute left in the overtime period.
Black 3, Gray 1: After a scoreless first half, Genevieve Hendrickson got Black on the board 4:58 into the second frame. Kylie Roberts added to the lead at the 11:18 mark with Makenna Deering picking up an assist. Five minutes later, Aylah Cioffi and Allison Green assisted on Sophia Urban’s goal to give Black a 3-0 lead. Tristana Tatur netted the only goal for Gray, linking up with Alyssa Wruble who picked up the assist. Between the pipes, Black’s Josephine Bothun stopped all 13 shots she faced.
Light Blue 3, Gold 1: Sydney Rarick gave Light Blue an early 1-0 lead with a tally at 8:38 of the opening half before Emma Schmitz evened the score with 36 seconds to play in the half. Light Blue’s Grace Kuipers and Emma Thomas registered goals in the second half to help the team finish undefeated in pool play.
As an on-ice skills coach, this is Parker's third year as a staff member at the Girls Player Development Camps in addition to working various district-level camps. She also participated in the national-level camps as a player.
Parker joined the University of Connecticut’s women’s hockey staff as an assistant coach this spring after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant at Brown University. In her playing days, Parker was a member of the Colgate women’s hockey team, playing in 141 games, which is the most in program history. She also served as captain for two seasons at Colgate.
“I want to help players learn and grow as athletes at these camps,” said Parker. “The game has given me so much so being able to share my experience and my passion with these young players is a big deal to me. And from a professional standpoint, having the opportunity to learn from some of the top coaches in the country is really exciting.”