With only two seniors on their roster this season, the Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake girls’ hockey co-op is working its way up and gaining experience along the way.
As of the start of the week, the Skaters were 0-4 on the season, although they played a competitive game against Marshfield on Thursday, Dec. 27, they dropped 7-6. They fell to Archbishop Williams in their other contest last week 8-1 on Saturday, Dec. 29.
Looking up and down the Skaters’ roster, they are an extremely young team. The bulk of their roster is comprised of sophomores with 12 in total. There are also five freshmen and two juniors, meaning they should have most of their roster returning next season as well.
On the attack, the Skaters are led by a few Silver Lake players: junior captain and forward Alyssa Murphy (3 goals, 1 assist), sophomore forward Ellie Grady (2 goals) and freshman forward Lilly Ulvila also has a goal this season while her classmate Abby Powers has a pair of assists. Murphy is back with the team after playing for the Walpole Express junior hockey team last season. However, she was dominant as a freshman for Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, putting up 20 goals and 23 assists.
Kat Gilbert is back in net for the Skaters this season. The Silver Lake sophomore took the reigns her freshman year despite having played defense for the majority of her hockey career prior to high school.
Even so, she has recorded 77 saves through the team’s first four contests. Sophomore Rylee Moran, also a Silver Lake student, serves as the team’s backup in net and has made six stops so far this season.
The Skaters next bout is this Saturday, Jan. 5 (5:15 p.m. start time) against the Pembroke Titans at Rockland Ice Arena.
The Titans were 6-0 as of the start of the week, according to MassHSHockey.