Quance nets a hat trick while McKnight has four points as Dorchester defeats
Parkside 8-6, to remain perfect in TVRA girls' hockey
Monday, January 14, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Volleyball's loss is hockey's gain for female sports at the home of the Lord Dorchester Beavers.
Victoria Quance netted a hat trick and Emma McKnight had two goals and two assists, as the Beavers improved to 6-0 in Thames Valley Region Athletic (TVRA) girls' hockey, defeating the Parkside Stampeders, 8-6, at Memorial Arena. Earlier in the day Dorchester beat East Elgin, 10-5.
"We get a lot of goals and we get a lot of goals scored on us," said Quance. "Our goalies aren't normally goalies. They're players for their club teams. It's really nice for them to jump in there. They're doing well."
Maddie Wright had her first experience between the pipes against Parkside.
Dorchester didn't have a team last season, following a 3-5 record for the 2016-17 campaign.
While many of the girls are playing high school hockey for the first time, they don't lack experience in the sport. Several play junior or AA hockey, but this season the seniors wanted to play for their school.
"A lot of us played volleyball up until this year. We all came over as a group. We all decided together lets play hockey," said Quance, who also laces 'em up for the London Devilettes' junior team, along with McKnight and Hannah Vickers. "We knew we would have a good team, but we didn't know how we'd match up. Our offence is very good. We have a lot of competitive players maybe compared to other teams."
Kristen Bisschop, Brooke Henshaw and Wright, play AA in London.
Over six games, Dorchester has buried 55 pucks, while allowing 30 in their net.
"We start off strong and lay off in the third (period) if we're really beating a team," added Quance. "If they do score a few goals, we still have enough to give us the win."
Parkside and Ingersoll were the top teams in the South and East divisions, respectively last season. The Beavers have now defeated both teams this season, dumping Ingersoll, 8-6, on December 19th.
With their talented roster the Beavers are eyeing the OFSAA A/AA tournament. Clinton St. Anne's is one team that would be in their way, because as Quance points out, "their goalie plays at the highest level." If both teams advance they may see each other at WOSSAA. St. Anne's won WOSSAA a year ago.
Several of the ice hockey players helped Dorchester advance to the TVRA final in field hockey against Parkside this past October.
Taking a hit at Dorchester, may be the senior volleyball team.
Two years ago, with Quance, Bisschop, Vickers and McKnight, Dorchester brought home the WOSSAA 1A silver medal for the second year in a row. The Beavers finished first in the East Division and won the TVRA 1A title.
Dorchester led 4-1 after one period and 7-2 following two periods, before Parkside made it interesting pulling to within two goals.
Athina Smith had a goal and three assists for Dorchester, while Darian Linton and Lauren Dale also scored.
Jacquelyn Cox, Kendra Hulst, Macy Wismer, Amber Safadi, Makenzie Costa and Hayley Umanski scored for Parkside. Korina Velema picked up two assists.