Suffield Girls Wildcats Hockey co-op captures CCC Title

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The 2021 Wildcats after the March 26 win at ISCC in Simsbury. All photos are courtesy of Andrew Bennett.

The season came to a fantastic end for the Wildcats, who took home the CCC Championship title after defeating the Simsbury Trojans on March 26.

The Trojans defeated the Wildcats in all three regular season games this year. Avon was the only other team to have beaten the Trojans this season.

The Wildcats’ March 24 semi-final win against the Avon Falcons was a tight match. Junior Kylie Downs from Granby capitalized on a pass from Emily Bava in the first period to score the only goal of the game.

Kylie Downs, GMHS junior with Wildcats head coach Mike Downs

The March 26 game against the Trojans was even closer, ending in a 3-2 overtime victory.

The first goal of the CCC championships was scored by Nicole Loftus just over 15 seconds into play. The Wildcats retaliated mid-way through with Suffield freshman Janine Eitel scoring in a scrum in front of the Trojans’ net.

The Wildcats came in strong with the second period with sophomore Natalie Ewald picking up a pass through the neutral zone and into the net, bringing them to 2-1. The tides turned yet again with Nicole Loftus connecting Molly Walsh’s pass across the front of the net, tying the game 2-2 as they went into the third.

Simsbury entered the third period on an almost-full powerplay after a penalty from junior Iva Filipovic, followed by a brief four-on-four after a hit on Downs in the Wildcats’ defensive zone. The third period remained scoreless and an eight-minute 5v5 ensued.

Northwest Regional Junior Konelin Wierdsma shot from the point three minutes into sudden death overtime, enabling Downs to drive the puck past senior goalie Tori Lacroix, clinching the Wildcats’ win.

Led this year by head coach Mike Downs, assisted by Chris Eitel, Steve Bava, and Jessica Marzi, the team consists of athletes from Suffield, Granby, Ellington, Windsor, NWR7, EO Smith and Canton.

The team ended the regular season with a 6-6-0 record and 3-0 in the playoffs.

You can follow the Suffield Wildcats on Twitter: @GWildcatsHockey

Wildcats sophomore Natalie Ewald scores against Simsbury goalie Tori Lacroix