As the seconds wound down on her storied four-year career, Ally Detre and the rest of her Morristown-Beard teammates knew exactly where she stood.
Entering the final game of her career against Chatham-Madison on Feb. 27, Detre sat at the precipice of a historic milestone with 198-career points. The senior captain set up teammate Jenna Kurz to stand at 199, but as the final seconds slipped away in the final minute of the game — and her storied career at Morristown-Beard — it became evident the three-time State Player of the Year would come through, just as she always does.
With 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Detre took a pass from Emily Kitchin and found the back of the net to complete the hat trick, eclipse the 200-point plateau and set a new school record as the program’s all-time leading scorer in her final skate in front of family and friends at Twin Oaks Ice Arena in Morris Township.
The State Rookie of the Year in 2014-15, the Wesleyan-bound senior forward put the final stamp on her career that saw her amass 101-career goals and 99 assists for 200-career points in 83-career games to surpass standout Kendall Cornine and graduate the school’s all-time leading scorer.
For her efforts, Ally Detre was selected as The HockeyClan/Buttendz New Jersey Girls Ice Hockey State Player of the Year for 2017-18.
“From Day One — the growth of her game,” Morristown-Beard coach Bruce Driver remarked. “Her freshman year we only had nine skaters and a goalie so she was pressed into it pretty quickly. A lot of hockey. It was pretty stressful for the girls that were playing a lot. She learned a lot that freshman year, how to carry herself, what to expect, how difficult it was going to be…
“200 points — we looked at that big number because it had never been reached before,” Driver said. “Anytime you can attain a goal, a milestone like that, it shows a lot of success and a lot of consistency in her game. We all looked at it and knew she was close. There was a lot of pressure going into her last game to put up four points, but she did it in rare form — on her last shot with 20 seconds to go — and it was amazing.”
As humble as any to come through the program, Detre’s most celebrated accomplishments was that of her team achieving back-to-back Prep Championships after defeating Princeton Day, 4-1, in the tournament finale on Feb. 13.
“It’s obviously really nice. The senior year as a whole — the success of the team… to cap it off with a Prep Championship after coming so close before… 200 points — it’s a huge honor,” Detre said. “All the girls who have won this before me have been super talented so it’s nice to be in the same group of them. There is so much talent in the state of New Jersey.”
“When I was a freshman we only had nine skaters and only six of us were really serious about travel hockey,” Detre said. “That was an experience being on the ice almost the whole game, not getting a lot of rest. We went 16-0 until the final game when we lost in overtime, unfortunately. It was a great season, an unforgettable season but it set the stage for the next three years with a lot of new girls coming in. Just to see this program grow and develop under coach Driver is really nice to see.
“It was great to win back-to-back,” Detre added. “We’re always in it against PDS, they’re always a tough team, but it was nice to win it on the home rink, especially in front of friends and family.”
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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Main Image: With 23 goals and a state-best 22 assists for 45 points, Morristown-Beard’s Ally Detre is the 2017-18 HockeyClan/Buttendz Girls Ice Hockey State Player of the Year for 2017-18. (Yvette Kovats)
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