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.
"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