Mercy Marlins defend Catholic League title win 3-1 win over CK
Mercy players celebrate a goal against Cranbrook-Kingswood during the recent Girls High School Hockey Catholic League championship game. The Marlins won, 3-1, to retain the title for the second straight year. (Hockey Weekly Action Photos/George Asay)
Mercy High School made the 2020 Girls High School Hockey Catholic League championship game a repeat of last year’s finals as the Marlins defeated Cranbrook Kingswood 3-1 for the title.
The Marlins grabbed the lead midway through the game, which was played Feb. 15 at Wallace Arena, and never relinquished it. They played a disciplined game, putting 41 shots on the Cranes’ junior goaltender Paige Gorman.
“The Marlins are a very well-coached, disciplined team,” said Cranbrook head coach Alexis Bohlinger. “They know how to win the big games as they have done so in numerous Catholic League and state championships.”
Scoring began with five minutes left in the second period when Mercy’s Allison Fergin sneaked an even-strength goal past Gorman.Just moments later, Mercy defenseman Sydney Takla took a shot from the point over Gorman’s shoulder, extending her team’s lead to 2-0.
“The Marlins did an excellent job of getting traffic to the net,” said Bohlinger. “Our goalie was screened on both goals.”
The Cranes made an offensive push with 1:50 left in the second period. Senior forward Robin Goldman made a coast-to-coast play to beat Marlins goalie Daria Rorick on a deke.
When the third period started with the 2-1 score, it was anyone’s game. But the Marlins continued to show discipline in all areas of play. They extended their lead to 3-1 with 10 minutes left on a goal from Grace Reeber and then played with confidence until the end, allowing the Cranes very few offensive chances.
“I thought it was a very evenly matched game,” said Mercy head coach Dave Roegner. “Both teams had a number of quality scoring chances, and both goalies played extremely well.
“It's always an honor to represent your school in championship games,” he added. “Both teams accorded themselves with class and sportsmanship. It was a pleasure to coach in that game.”