RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph girls ice hockey team made history on Monday Jan 16, with their first ever win as a program, defeating Westfield by a score of 3-1.
The newly created team is in the midst of their inaugural season, and after losing two close games 3-0 and 3-1, they secured the historic win in the first game where they had all 21 players on their roster dressed and playing.
Captain Carley Snarski led the way on offense, scoring all three goals to earn a natural hat trick. The teams’ other two captains helped shut down Westfield’s offense. Mackenzie Vorel logged long minutes anchoring the defense in front of goalie Morgan Yurchuk, who turned away 40 of the 41 shots she faced.
The win didn’t come easy however, as the Lady Rams had to kill off three penalties while trying to protect a 2-1 lead.
Snarski posted two goals in the first period to stake her team to a 2-0 lead, before Westfield cut that in half by netting their goal in the second period.
Every player scratched and clawed in the third, battling to kill the penalties and hold the lead, until Snarski gave them breathing room with her third tally of the game.
Westfield displayed tremendous class as they waited for the Randolph girls to complete their initial celebration before lining up for the traditional handshake, which follows all hockey games.
The teams match up again in Randolph’s next game, on Feb. 1. The girls first home game will be Feb. 10 at Aspen Ice at 4:15