Ice Hockey: Bishop Shanahan defeats Unionville to play for first girls title in team history

Bishop Shanahan's Kaitlyn O'Donohoe had two goals in a 5-3 win over Unionville Monday night in the ICSHL girls semifinals. (Candice Monhollan)

Bishop Shanahan’s Kaitlyn O’Donohoe had two goals in a 5-3 win over Unionville Monday night in the ICSHL girls semifinals. (Candice Monhollan)

WEST GOSHEN — It has been six long years in the making, but now Bishop Shanahan has been able to achieve what it hasn’t before in the past.

They’ve made it to the ICSHL Girls Varsity Championships after a 5-3 win over Unionville Monday night at Ice Line.

“This young team here has gone farther than anybody has,” said Bishop Shanahan head coach Thomas Petrondi. “They’re hungry. They want to win.”

Standing in the Eagles’ way was defending champion Unionville.

But Bishop Shanahan had one advantage: They were the lone team to beat the Indians during the regular season.

“In both games, our goalie (Sara Petrondi) stood up,” Thomas Petrondi said. “She had 32 shots tonight with three goals allowed and the game before, it was 42 shots with three goals allowed. The girls just came together. They played their hearts out. They wanted this game — they wanted to be in the championship.”

Even though Bishop Shanahan had pulled off the win before, the coaching staff knew how big it was to do it again.

“Huge,” Thomas Petrondi said. “Huge, huge, huge. What a game.”

Bishop Shanahan showed its youth with three underclassmen accounting for all five of its goals.

Freshman Mikaila Rubin had one goal, while freshman Christine Lampron and eighth grader Kaitlyn O’Donohoe each had two.

“It was mostly my teammates,” O’Donohoe said. They helped contribute in” all the plays.”

Unionville came into the playoffs ranked first, and Bishop Shanahan knew it had to come in with a plan of attack.

“We came with a gameplan,” Thomas Petrondi said. “Their best player, (Madison) Doucette — we put Susan Roselli against her, who is an eighth grader and one of our better players.

“We told her, ‘You stay with her the whole game.’ It frustrated her. We didn’t give her the opportunity to get loose and score. We came with a gameplan and it worked.”

All this even after a delay of four days because of the mini-blizzard March 5, when the semifinals were originally scheduled to be played.

“You get setbacks, but you still get pumped for this game,” O’Donohoe said. “You have all the coaches pumping us up for this game. It’s great.”

Though the championship game has yet to be set — this was originally supposed to be the game Monday night — Bishop Shanahan is already hyped for the game against Lansdale Catholic.

“It’s going to be awesome for my first championship,” O’Donohoe said. “Hopefully we win.”

Even the coaches are ready.

“Lansdale is a great team and we haven’t beaten them this year,” Thomas Petrondi said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but the girls are up for it. They’re ready. And the coaches? We’re jacked. It’s going to be a good game. We just hope to keep it going.”

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