By Jean LeBlanc
BERLIN — Sophomore goaltender Lauren Frenette blocked 31 of 32 shots and senior captain Rylie Binette netted four goals, including her 100th of her career, helping the Berlin/Gorham girs' hockey team to an 8-1 victory over a very good Brady/Trinity/West hockey team Thursday. The win was the fifth consecutive for the locals improving their regular season record to 13-4 with just one game remaining.
"Brady is a very good team," said Coach Scott Valliere. "They have a young defensive core and goal tender, but offensively they are as good as all the top teams. Junior Sydney Herrington carries the puck as good as anyone in the division. Lauren was absolutely great all game long in goal for us, or this could have been a very different score and out come."
Senior captain Rylie Binette put the Mountaineers on top 1-0 with her 40th goal of the season and her 100th of her career. Shaeleigh Valliere picked up the assist just 4:15 into the game.
Winger Alyson Blanchette made it 2-0 with her 11th goal of the year from Binette with just 5:50 to play in the first period. That was followed up as the period was under a minute to play, when Valliere turned the red light on for the 14th time this season. The lamp-lighter gave the Mountaineers a three goal lead after 15 minutes of play.
Berlin pushed their lead to 5-0 during the second period. Binette picked up both net finders for the hat-trick and raising her season total to 42.
In the final session, Binette made it 6-0 from freshman Trinity Gendron, senior defender Emma Schoenbeck netted her third of the year from winger Kate Host, and with 2:03 to play, Valliere got her second of the night from Jill Lefebvre to make it 8-0.
The only thing left to do was to keep the shutout intact for Berlin's Frenette. Unfortunately, Brady scored a power-play goal with just 51 seconds left to play off the stick of senior Brianna Brack. Brack's goal was unassisted and a deflected shot off a defender to break the shut out, making it an 8-1 final score.
For the game, Emma Windser had 32 saves on 40 Mountaineer shots. Berlin's Frenette finished the 45 minutes of play with 31 blocks.
B/GHS 3 2 3 8
B/T/WHS 0 0 1 1