The Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols and Noble and Greenough girls’ hockey teams made quite an entrance onto the ice at the Women’s and Girls’ hockey day at Frozen Fenway on Tuesday afternoon.
Every player donned No. 24 on the back of their jerseys in honor of Denna Laing, the former Nobles and Princeton standout who suffered a career-ending spinal cord injury in the Women’s Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in 2015.
“I know that Nobles cut school short today so that they could come out and support their girls, and I think that’s awesome,” said the 25-year-old Laing, who was quite surprised with the matching jersey numbers (BB&N wore yellow, Nobles blue).
“Definitely has to be the most well-attended Nobles High School girls’ hockey game.”
Nobles coach Tom Resor, who coached Laing and her younger sisters, Lexie and Brianna (who both skated for Harvard against Boston College on Tuesday night), called the day “a dream come true.”
“I’ve been coaching sports 30 years and to coach at a venue like this is spectacular.”
En route to a 4-1 victory at Fenway Park, Nobles (5-1) opened the scoring with 2:28 left in the first period.
Senior forward Becca Gilmore buried the puck from the right post for her first of three goals, raising her season total to 13.
“For most of the girls on the team, it was their first time playing in front of a crowd,” said Gilmore, a resident of Wayland.
“The excitement of playing at Fenway and with the cause got to us a lot, but as the game went on, we settled down.”
Gilmore added her second on a breakaway with 13:00 to go in the second period for a 2-0 lead.
BB&N (7-5-1) cut the deficit to 2-1 with 2:28 in the second period when junior forward Brooke Shachoy found the net.
Nobles senior Danielle Brown extended the lead to 3-1 at 13:00 of the third period before Gilmore scored again.
“It was an incredible opportunity, especially playing for the cause with Denna Laing,” said Gilmore. “Just playing at Fenway, we all grew up seeing the [Big Green Monster] and it’s amazing.”
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