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Tompkins Girls Hockey Association/Ithaca Shooting Stars 12/14-and-under team won 1st Place at the Top Gun Tournament hosted by the Amherst Youth Hockey Association on January 17th through the 20th in Amherst NY.

Ithaca's first game was Friday night against Cazenovia Park (a Buffalo-area team) which ended in a 2-1 loss.  Saturday Ithaca played 2 more games, first against the the Amherst Knights, coming from behind to end in a tie 4-4.  The Ithaca girls played again against the Tonawanda Lightning on Saturday evening, solidly winning 3-1.
shootingstars-0114Front row: Goalie Catie Eisenhut. Second row: Amy Milner, Ericka Oplinger, Elizabeth Talty, Dori Shipman, Nicole Nixon and Alexandra Starostina. Back row: Head Coach Eric Eisenhut, Sofia Riccio, Abby Correll, Hannah Wendel, Team Manager Kevin Talty, Mercedes Crawford, Assistant Coach CJ DelVecchio. Not pictured: Assistant Coach Tony Eisenhut. Photo taken by Helen Talty.

The Semifinal game on Sunday morning as a rematch against Cazenovia Park and the Ithaca team won 2-0 with a shutout by goalie Catie Eisenhut.

The Championship Game on Monday brought another match-up between Ithaca and Amherst. The Shooting Stars were up 2-0 after 2 periods on goals by Amy Milner and Nicole Nixon.  Amherst played hard, coming back to tie the game 2-2 and then going ahead of Ithaca 3-2 into the 3rd period. Ithaca’s Dori Shipman scored again to force the game into Overtime where it remained 3-3. The game ended with a Shootout Win by Ithaca and the Game-Winning goal was scored in the Shootout by Ithaca’s Amy Milner.

Other goal scorers in the tournament were Ericka Oplinger (3) and Alexandra Starostina. Assists were made by Elizabeth Talty (4), Amy Milner, Ericka Oplinger, Hannah Wendel and Nicole Nixon.

The 12/14U team is coached by Eric Eisenhut, Tony Eisenhut and CJ DelVecchio. Team Manager is Kevin Talty.

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