Gilford's Tomlinson scores winning goal in national hockey championship

It was an incredible end to a very successful hockey season for Shayna Tomlinson as her Assabet Valley girls U19 Hockey Team won Gold at the Tier 1 USA Hockey National Championship. The tournament took place in San Jose, Calif. the first week in April. The best teams from the country qualified to compete in the championship tournament by winning a state title. It was a tough road to the championship game, especially when two of Assabet's best defensemen were injured in the first game of the tournament. The team was already down two talented forwards going into the championships. Despite these set backs, the team managed to outscore the opposition 21-1 in the first three games to qualify for the quarterfinals. They won two more hard fought games, (one game went into triple overtime) to reach the finals against Chicago Mission. Assabet went on to win
the final game 1-0. Tomlinson was able to score the only goal of the game shortly after the officials disallowed a goal that she had assisted. It was an incredible moment that she won't soon forget. Assabet Valley Girls Hockey program is based in Concord, MA. Girls from all over New England compete for spots on the team in addition to playing on their high school team.
Tomlinson is currently a junior at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH where she is a co-captain of the girls' varsity hockey team. The St. Paul's team had an outstanding season this year, ending with a 22-1-1 record entering the playoffs. Tomlinson was awarded the Independent School League, All-League award for her efforts this season. Shayna is looking forward to more success on the rink her senior year. She has also been recruited to play Division 1 hockey in college and has accepted an offer at a school in the northeast.

Picture included: Shayna Tomlinson on right with teammate Madeleine Winslow