WAYNE, NJ - The result wasn't what the Chatham girls ice hockey players had been used to when it had joined forces with Madison the last two seasons. The Chatham-Madison teams were hard to beat.
The Cougars wore the "C" on their blue-and-white jerseys for the first time in an 11-4 loss to Immaculate Heart Academy, kicking off the first-ever season for the CHS all-girls ice hockey team on Wednesday at the Ice Vault.
"We need our team to get back to full strength," Kevin Hannon, Chatham coach, said. "We have injured players we need to get healthy. I think if we were healthy and at full capacity, that's a different game. Everybody has injuries and everybody deals with it. Tough to start the season that way."
Chatham took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of action when sophomore Kara Groh took a shot that was redirected on goal by McKenna O'Connor. The initial shot was blocked by the IHA goalie before Chatham junior Molly Coyne pounced on the rebound and put it away for the first goal in the history of the CHS girls program (see below).
Coyne finished with two goals and an assist for Chatham, which received goals from Lauren Arias and Veronica Quidore.
Lauren Arias puts away a pass from Molly Coyne in the second period
Junior goalie Grace Zinn, making the transition from field hockey goalie to ice hockey goaltender, took a positive attitude out of the loss. Zinn was recruited to play goalie this season when senior Ginger Boles was sidelined for the season.
"I know what I have to work on," Zinn said. "My butterfly technique."
Chatham skates against Oak Knoll, 6:20 p.m. Friday at Bridgewater Sports Arena.