LOWELL | It was cold, but Kankakee Valley's Alex Conklin was happy just to experience the celebratory ice shower as a first-year coach.
The Times No. 3 Kougars soaked their coach after a 7-0 win over Lowell clinched the Northwest Crossroads Conference championship Tuesday.
"I saw (the ice shower) coming and I just took it. I didn't shy away," Conklin said. "It's a testament to what we've done all season. It's a regular season accomplishment, the only one you can get and we got it."
Kankakee Valley got two goals from Haleigh Wenglarz and a goal each from Hannah Wilder, Kara Gouwens, Haley Cox, Natalie Lotz and Kiley Ferris.
K.V. (13-1-1, 6-0 NCC) started the season a perfect 12-0 before taking a 1-0 loss to Crown Point and a 1-1 draw with Wheeler.
The Kougars had plenty of scoring opportunities in both games, Conklin said, but didn't finish.
"It feels awesome to see the ball go in the goal a couple more times (tonight)," Conklin said. "We wanted a little more (in the first half), but they just kept rolling, kept plugging away and it worked out."
Kankakee Valley put 19 shots on the Red Devil goal and a dozen more over or around it. The ball stayed at the Lowell end for almost the entire game. The Devils had only three shots on goal.
"We've been a team plagued by injuries. I've never had a team with as many injuries as we've had this year," coach Kim Gavelek said. "(The Kougars) beat us to the ball pretty much all night. They were so fast and we just didn't adjust."
Lowell keeper Paiton Daniel kept her team alive on senior night, diving left and right for 11 saves.
"(Daniel) played great," Conklin said. "Despite what the score is, she had a pretty good game."