Lady Panthers keep winning streak alive, move to 9-4 on the year
The streak continues for the Lady Panthers who have now won seven straight games following a pair of victories against the St. Mary’s Pirates, 2-1, and the KIPP Denver Collegiate White Tigers, 3-1, this weekend. With the wins, Middle Park moves to 9-4 on the year, trailing only the DSST: Stapleton Knights in the league standings.
The wins might not have been quite as dominant as recent games — the Panthers had outscored opponents 45-4 in their five games leading into the weekend — but they were able to hold on and come out on top in a couple of close games.
Senior Kiera Barr got the start in goal for the Saturday game against St. Mary’s, making 17 saves and allowing one goal. Juniors Lisa Mcclain and Taylor Ehlert led the charge on offense, each recording a goal and an assist.
The Panthers played a makeup game against KIPP Denver Collegiate on Monday. Barr returned as goalie, making 20 saves and allowing one goal to record her fifth win of the year. Mcclain was again a difference maker, scoring two goals, while Ehlert added another. Junior Ellie Mackendrick had two assists on the day.
Though relatively new to the role, Barr has thrived in goal for the Panthers. She’s recorded more than 10 saves per game through six appearances, and is allowing just 1.5 goals per game.
Both Ehlert and Mcclain continue to dominate offensively, averaging 1.4 goals per game apiece. Ehlert leads the squad with 18 goals and 45 points. Mcclain comes in second in both categories with 15 goals and 36 points. Mackendrick leads the team with 13 assists, and Junior Peyton Olson leads with 25 steals.
The Panthers will look to close out the regular season strong this week with games against the Roaring Fork Rams and the Aspen Skiers on May 3 and 4. The Rams are 6-3-2 on the year, but have dropped two straight and have to come to Middle Park to play. The Skiers, however, are on a hot streak of their own as they’ve won five straight, and are undefeated at home, where the Panthers will take them on.
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