Downingtown East girls capture Flyers Cup

Posted: March 21, 2014

Natalie Alvaro and Victoria Barretta hopped along the boards from inside Downingtown East's bench. They then stuck their heads over the ice to free up their sightlines just a little bit more.

Katie Stueve jumped on a loose puck, and they couldn't miss what Stueve was going to do next.

The junior defenseman went in alone on a breakaway, swooping from right to left across the crease, before she tucked a backhander into an open net.

Her third of four goals gave Downingtown East a one-goal lead in the third period Wednesday night at IceLine in West Chester, and the Cougars went on to beat Unionville, 6-4, and end the Indians' string of four straight girls' Flyers Cups.

"This was one of my best games this season," said Stueve, who also had an assist and was the tournament MVP. "It's amazing. Beating Unionville after four or five years, it's crazy."

Downingtown East was on the losing end of three of Unionville's four Flyers Cups, including a 3-0 loss in last year's final.

"It's just been a long rivalry between both of us for so long," Downingtown East coach Deb Larson said. "[Stueve] wanted it. She's been there through these last couple losses against Unionville, and she wanted it bad. She knew she had to be patient, and she played her heart out."

Stueve, who turned down an invitation to join the Downingtown East boys' team to stay with the girls' squad and her travel teams, got the Cougars started in the first period. She eluded three defenders before ringing a shot off the post. However, the puck deflected off the glass and bounced to the front of the net, where Maddie Allen tapped in a goal.

After Unionville tied it late in the first, Stueve scored twice in 48 seconds in the second period and Alvaro made it a three-goal lead after her point shot deflected off a defender and into the net.

Unionville rallied for three goals in 2 minutes, 46 seconds late in the second period to tie the game, but Stueve took over in the third. After giving Downingtown East the lead, she added insurance by going end-to-end for another breakaway goal.

Stueve stood next to the net with arms raised for the final two seconds.

It was her turn to watch.

Downingtown East 1 3 2 – 6

Unionville 1 3 0 – 4

Goals: DE-Maddie Allen (Katie Stueve), 4:11 1st; Stueve (unassisted), 1:21 2d; Stueve (Emily Tinguely), 2:09 2d; Natalie Alvaro (Madison Beauregard), 9:00 2d; Stueve (unassisted), 4:26 3d; Stueve (unassisted), 7:00 3d. U-Jordan Hagerty (Rashelle Terrey), 12:08 1st; Hagerty (Emily Anderson), 11:33 2d; Catherine Ward (Kaelyn Murphy), 12:30 2d; Sierra Dycio (Ward), 14:19 2d.

Saves: DE-Emma Shannon 10; U-Lillian Jones 24.


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