Hawks Down Honor

Saturday, January 5

Warminster Lady Hawks 7, Philadelphia Honor 5

PHILADELPHIA – In the end it was a battle of the one against the many. Dana Gansky and Christine Grandzol scored two goals each as the Warminster Lady Hawks #1 team downed the Philadelphia Honor 7-5 Saturday night in a United Women’s Hockey League crossover game at Flyers Skatezone Northeast.

The encounter was considered a non-conference game for the Hawks, who now stand at 5-4-1 overall and 4-3-1 in Division One of the UWHL’s White Conference.

It did count in Blue Conference standings however; the Honor dropped to 2-7-1, despite a memorable performance from Becky Dobson, who scored all five her team’s goals.

Dobson found the back of the net off a feed from Rachel Miller 2:44 into the first period to give the Honor a 1-0 lead. She made it a 2-0 game with a blast from the right point at the 5:34 mark.

Dobson, who plays college hockey at West Chester, developed her hard shot playing with and against boys at Germantown Academy.

“To keep up with the boys I had to practice my shot a lot outside,” she said.

Dobson noted that playing against boys growing up helped her own game evolve. “It helped me develop puck strength,” she said. “Not getting pushed off he puck and being able to use your speed, but also your strength, to carry the puck.”
Gansky got her team on the board on a feed from Megan Mooney 7:23 into the period before Jacky Foley tied the game with a power-play goal just before the buzzer sounded to end the period.

Dobson and Mooney traded goals in the first two minutes of the second stanza but both goaltenders, the Honor’s Kimberly Feeney and the Hawks’ Judy McCauley, were solid all evening.

McCauley’s best effort came when she denied Hope Toogood on a breakaway early in the middle period; Feeney foiled Gansky on a wraparound effort five minutes later.
Jane Anstasia scored from the left faceoff circle with 1:58 left in the period to give the Hawks the lead for good at 5-4.

A power-play chance set up the winning goal. With 49 seconds left in the second period the Honor’s Mercedes Rutherford drew a slashing minor. Gansky scored her second goal of the game just 17 seconds into the third.

“This was good for us,” she said. “This game we all came together and I think that’s how we were able to win.”

*** The Honor plays all its games for charitable causes. Saturday’s game was a tribute to Roman Troy Brussetti. Jr. who recently passed away due to SIDS. His parents were in attendance.

“We are charity hockey team,” said Miller, the Honor’s captain. “Everyone plays in honor of someone that they’ve lost. It’s good to be able to play for them.”

Lady Hawks 2 3 2—7

Honor 2 2 1—5

First-period goals: Becky Dobson (Ho) from Rachel Miller, 2:44; Dobson (Ho) unassisted, 5:34; Dana Gansky (Ha) from Megan Mooney, 7:23; Jacky Foley (Ha) unassisted, 15:00 (pp).

Second-period goals: Dobson (Ho) unassisted, 1:17; Christine Grandzol (Ha) unassisted, 1:56; Mooney (Ha) from Donna Heckman, 11:07; Dobson (Ho) unassisted, 12:13; Jane Anastasia (Ha) from Carla Hojnacki, 13:02.

Third-period goals: Gansky (Ha) unassisted, :17 (pp); Christine Grandzol (Ha) unassisted, 10:43;Dobson (Ho) unassisted, 10:53.