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Nichols splits at Shattuck-St. Mary’s

The Nichols girls hockey team earned a split along with some national respect this weekend during the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Jamboree in Faribault, Minn.

After splitting two games Saturday against two of the top teams from Canada, the Vikings did the same against longtime national power Shattuck-St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 win that followed their 7-1 loss to the same team earlier in the day. The teams played games at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Freshman Abby Welch scored the game-winner with eight minutes left when she deflected a point shot from senior defenseman Kelly Seward. Seward finished with a goal and three assists, junior Julianna Iafallo had a goal and two assists and sophomore goalie Madison Welch, who didn’t allow any goals in five periods of work Saturday, earned the win with a 28-save effort.

“This was a good test for us to be able to play the top teams from all over North America and we ended up 2-2,” Nichols coach Scott Welch said. “The goal was to gain a split which we did.”

Shaftesbury of Manitoba, the second-ranked prep school in Canada which boasts 11 Division I college recruits, won the four-team, total-points tournament.

The Vikings don’t have any time to rest as they host Appleby (Ont.) at 5 p.m. today at Dann Memorial Rink.

St. Joe’s wins tourney title

Dom Perna had two goals and Kyle Moslow added a goal and an assist as the St. Joe’s hockey team (22-2-1) beat host Massena, 8-2, to win the Massena Tournament for the third year in a row.

In the Western New York Federation, Ryan Cox and Kevin MacKrell had two goals each as Orchard Park beat Lancaster, 4-2. The Quakers took a 1-0 lead after the first period and built a 3-1 advantage after two. OP improved to 11-8-1.