JACKSON, Wyo. — The Moose U19 girls hockey team has claimed their second state title in a row after a comeback game against the Cody Ice Cats on Sunday, Feb. 21.
“The competition against Cody was definitely high,” head coach TJ Thomas said. “We were losing in the first period and definitely a little nervous about the comeback, but the girls dug deep and knew they wanted it more so we ended up with the win.”
The only senior player on the team, Valerie Stevenson, scored the final two goals against Cody.
“It was a relief and also excitement. Our senior Valerie gave a lot of her life to this program and was kind of a bitter-sweet moment for her,” said assistant coach Emma Sollitt. “She scored two goals, she played her heart out and played the best game I’ve seen her play all season.”
According to the game coverage by Jackson Hole News&Guide, the game was tied 3-3 late in the second period when Stevenson scored to put her team ahead. Then with six minutes remaining, she scored on another slap shot for the win.
But Stevenson wasn’t the only teammate who the girls were playing for. Earlier this season, a Moose U19 girls hockey player, Jordan Davis, lost feeling in her legs during a game against Sheridan and was unable to walk for a while after. She has since been treated at the Denver Children’s Hospital according to Sollitt.
“I think a lot of it was for Jordan. That’s what we cheered before the final period, that’s what we cheered at the end. We have a shirt that says ’12 strong’,” Sollitt said about the injured player whose team number is 12.
In addition to the shirt, the team all had number 12 taped on the back of their helmets.
“A lot was for Val, a lot was for Jordan. There was definitely a lot to win for this year,” assistant coach Emily Brienzo said. “I’m just proud of them.”