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RECAP: PWHPA Dream Gap Tour | Arizona Showcase

PWHPA Arizona

The PWHPA made their final stop on their Dream Gap Tour in Tempe, Arizon, where fans surrounded the Oceanside Arena to watch two teams: Team McGovern and Team Newkirk. Both captains are Arizona natives and were ready to lead their teams in the two game showcase to end the 2019-2020 Dream Gap Tour. 

This weekend included another full schedule of events that included all girls hockey clinics with the Arizona Kachinas (a local girls hockey program) and guest PWHPA coaches, as well as a dinner gala with guests of all ages and PWHPA players.

DAY 1 

The first game kicked off on Friday evening with players such as Rebecca Johnston, Brigette Lacquette, Melodie Daoust and Megan Keller on the rosters,  it was sure to be a fun, high speed match-up. 

GAME 1 

The speed during this game was phenomenal and Team McGovern’s, Amanda Kessel, wasted no time by scoring the first goal for an early lead. With Team Newkirk featuring the dangerous duo of Kendall Coyne Schofield and Brianna Decker, the game was tied at the end of the 2nd period, thanks to Decker. The competitiveness of both teams started to show in the third period as they each had quality shots on net. Despite the efforts of Team Newkirk, Team McGovern came out on top with a final score of 2-1, thanks to the goal by Katie McGovern. 

Day 2

SKILLS CLINIC

Before the start of the final game of the weekend, another girls clinic was held and the clinic saw a highly successful turnout. Girls of varying ages were able to take the ice with a few PWHPA members and work on skills and skating. 

GAME 2

The final game of the Dream Gap Tour took place with Team Newkirk looking to end on a high note, despite their loss from the previous evening. With almost half of the 1st period down, lots of back and forth play and good opportunities, Team Newkirk netted the first goal by Kendall Coyne Schofield. In the 2nd period, Blayre Turnbull got her first goal of the weekend making it 2-0 for Team Newkirk. Before the end of the 2nd period, Team McGovern answered back with a goal by Rebecca Johnston. 

Team McGovern’s Renata Fast scored to tie the game with 13:52 left to play in the 3rd. Team Newkirk wanted to end this game once and for all and managed to take the lead with a goal from Dani Cameranesi with only 1:32 left in regulation play. Team Newkirk wins the final game with a score of 3-2. 

Players of the Game: 

  • Game 1: Katie McGovern and Katie Burt 
  • Game 2: Renata Fast and Megan Keller 

ALUMNI GAME

The weekend ended with a PWHPA vs. Arizona Coyotes Alumni game where the PWHPA team came out strong only to be defeated by 2 goals. The final score of the game was 6-4 and it was fun to watch both men and women on the ice playing in a friendly, competitive match-up. 

 

DREAM GAP TOUR WRAP UP

With another great weekend in the books, the PWHPA has officially ended their Dream Gap Tour for the 2019-2020 season. Their showcases have been extremely successful from when they first began in Toronto to when they traveled to Philadelphia to play in front of a sold out crowd. There are almost too many worthy moments to mention, but most importantly the impact the Dream Gap Tour has had on many young female athletes is immeasurable. Throughout the entire tour, there were hundreds, if not thousands of young girls who witnessed women’s hockey being played at the highest level from both Canadian and American players. 

Although it is unclear where the Dream Gap Tour will stop next year, fans can be rest assured that the best in the world aren’t done yet.

 


Ashley Mouzzon

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Ashley Mouzzon is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about hockey to anyone who will listen. As a player in a women's league herself, she is adamant on helping grow women's hockey. Ashley loves that she can combine her two passions together: hockey and writing. She is determined to use her voice to spread awareness for women's hockey on all levels. When Ashley is not writing or playing hockey, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and finishing her Masters Degree in Communications at Drexel University. Ashley holds a B.A. in English from Thomas Edison State University.