Kent Place Upends Chatham/Madison Girls Ice Hockey Bid to Win League Title; Olnowich, Coyne Score for Chatison

Chatison players Casey Marshall and Jennifer Olnowich get ready to take the ice vs. Kent Place in league tournament final Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatison girls ice hockey team takes the ice at Mennen Sports Arena Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham-Madison teammates Molly Coyne and Josephine Piacenti Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham/Madison coach Kevin Hannon talks to the team during a break in the action Credits: TAP Chatham
Kent Place goalie Isla Okkinga made 30 saves in the win Credits: TAP Chatham

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Chatham-Madison girls ice hockey team played well enough to win. It's just that Kent Place goalie Isla Okkinga played better.

Chatham-Madison, also known as Chatison, sent 32 shots on net in its bid to win the first Morris-Somerset-Union League Tournament on Tuesday, but Kent Place took the inaugural trophy with a 4-2 win at Mennen Sports Arena.

"Their goalie played phenomenal," Chatison coach Kevin Hannon said. "We outshot them and, in my opinion, we outplayed them and their goalie played a good game. We knew it was going to be tough to beat a team three times.

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"I told the girls to keep their heads up, they've had a great season. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Two good teams played and only one can win. This can't define our season."

Chatham/Madison (17-3) had defeated Kent Place, 3-0 and 2-1, in two regular-season meetings, but on Tuesday it was Kent Place's turn to shine. Megan Sanford scored with just 1.5 seconds left in the first period and added an empty-netter in the third period for the Dragons.

Chatison, which hit two posts during the game, tied it at 1-1 just 1:15 into the second period when sophomore Jennifer Olnowich split two defenders and finished her chance.

Kent Place gained a 3-1 lead with two late goals in the second period - the second on a power play. 

Chatison freshman Molly Coyne won the puck inside the blue line and skated in for a shot that cut the deficit to 3-2 with 3:17 showing in the third period.  Chatison goalie Casey Marshall finished with 21 saves.

Chatison's Jennifer Olnowich scores unassisted in the second period to tie the game at 1-1

Lauren Arias makes a bid to score for Chatison

Maddie Gleason and teammates pepper the net for Chatham/Madison

One of the 30 saves made in the game by Kent Place goalie Isla Okkinga


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