The seniors on the Fontbonne hockey team won the Division 2 state title when they were freshmen, and after not making it to the tournament last year, Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Milton in the preliminary round granted them a chance to repeat. “The girls are excited, I’m excited. I’m probably more nervous than they are,” coach Bob Huxley said. Behind a play from the Ducks’ (12-7-2) leading scoring line of junior Shannon McIsaac, senior McKenna Russell, and freshman Katie Nolan, they broke a 1-1 tie with three minutes left in regulation at Shea Rink. McIsaac and Russell teamed up on the forecheck, and sent the puck to Nolan waiting on the post to knock home the game-winner. “Great team effort by the three of them together,” Huxley said. But he doesn’t number his lines, but instead identifies with colors - gray red, white and gold – and the three make up his gray line. “[It] gives all the girls a better feeling about themselves and the team,” he said. “They are a color rather than a number.” After the Ducks broke the tie, Milton attempted to match the pressure they’d felt the entire game by pulling their goalie for an extra forward. With the Wildcats attacking freshman goalie Jessica Olibieri (19 saves), the gray again made their presence known as Nolan notched her second goal of the night. She picked up a rebound and one-timed it into the empty basket with :03 left on the clock to advance to the first round. “I knew they could do it. I had confidence in them,” Huxley said.
Fontbonne 0, Milton 0
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Milton
Updated: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 3:53 p.m.