For the second straight weekend, the Boston Shamrocks U19 squad is headed on the road and headed north of the border. After losing two non-league games to Stanstead (Quebec) College Spartans last weekend, Boston will be in Toronto this weekend for the Toronto Two Nations College Prep Series. They will play Detroit Honeybaked (Friday, 8 AM ET), Belle Tire (Friday, 2:15 PM ET) and Team Illinois (Saturday 9:30 AM ET) and then will play in the pool playoff rounds later Saturday and Sunday.
Despite losing 3-1 and 3-0 to Stanstead last week, head ccoach and Director of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher still liked what he saw from his team. “I liked how we played to be honest,” Fisher said. “We competed, checked, and didn’t quit. We played with structure for the most part and were very difficult to play against. Our goaltending was quite good, both Shayna Moore and Lauren Hennessey received game pucks this weekend. Our Special Teams probably needed to be better and we didn’t really test their goaltending – especially on Sunday, but our culture is strong, we will learn from the experience and we will use this as a measuring stick when we play them again at home in January. Hopefully we get a different outcome – but I love that we have Stanstead on our schedule – they are good competition for our girls.”
Fisher and the Shamrocks parlayed the experience into a productive week of practice. “As a team we had a good week of practice,” he said. “It was more stay sharp – get ready for at least 5 competitive games in 3 days. The tournament is of good quality and will be a great test for us. More importantly it will be a great opportunity for our girls to showcase themselves in front a lot of collegiate scouts.”
Fisher will use this tournament as another measuring stick of where the team is in terms of improvement from the start of the season as they will face teams they already played early on in the season. “Our first three games are against teams that we played in September, so it will provide a good sense of where we are at and the improvements we have made over the first few months of the year,” he said.