Third period push carries Masconomet by Marblehead
By Matt Williams Staff writer Feb 10, 2016
SALEM — Between the second and third periods of Wednesday night’s Northeastern Hockey League clash with Marblehead, the Masconomet girls hockey team looked at the game at hand as a metaphor for their season.
The Chieftains have been determined not to leave their fate to the end of the season, and so they didn’t leave anything to chance in the third period against the host Lady Headers, either.
Masco scored four times in the third period to put away Marblehead with an 8-3 decision. It was the second straight win for the Chieftains (8-6-1), who now need three points in their last five games to qualify for the state tournament.
“We want to get things cinched up,” said Masco coach Ryan Wood. “Last year, we kind of left it until the end of the year and we don’t want it to be as close this time around. It was like that tonight, too, where we wanted to try to finish strong early in the third period.”
Marblehead (5-9-3) had put all the pressure on the vistors by exploding for three goals in a span of 4:28 in the second period. Masco defenseman Rian Vatcher scored just 60 seconds in the the third, however, to give her team a needed cushion.
Before the end of the frame, goals by Charisse Flanagan, Meg Hubbard and Sophia Nieves put the two points comfortably in the Masconomet column.
“We’re usually a third period team. That’s when we turn it on,” said Marblehead coach Emily Hudak. “Not so much tonight.”
Izzy Sarra notched two goals and an assist for Masco while Flanagan scored twice. Sami Kelleher, who centers the first line with Sarra and Lexi Rosenbaum (two assists) posted a goal and two assists.
Kelleher’s marker came early in the second period and staked the Chieftains to what was then a commanding 4-0 lead.
“Sami missed almost all of last year with an injury and believe it or not she’s a natural defenseman,” said Wood. “She’s been doing a great job there at the pivot and that line with Lexi and Izzy has been one of our best all year.”
Led by Cresta and their only senior, Hadley Woodfin, Marblehead made a charge in the second. Brynne O’Connor scored with a blast from the blue line and within the next two minutes goals Isable Amigo (assisted by Woodfin and Cresta) and Cresta had it a one-goal game at 4-3.
“The message to the girls was that if you put puck on net, anything can happen,” said Hudak. “They really saw that during that stretch.”
Ice wasn’t made between the first and second periods and Marblehead seemed to have the legs in the middle frame.
Masco worked to protect goalie Andraya Ferraro, who was making her first start in six games after an injury. She’s been practicing for two weeks and made 20 saves to earn her fifth win of the year.
“We kind of put it on her this week that it was time to compete. She’s looked good in practice and even though there’s always going to be some rust I thought she played pretty well,” said Wood. “She made some big stops at important times.”
Hubbard (goal, assist) also had a multi-point night for Masco. Nieves finished the scoring when she potted a deft 2-on-1 pass from Gabby Lowry with 2:11 left to play. Marblehead goalie Sarah Ryan made 16 stops
“Masco turned it on in the third,” said Hudak. “They do a really good job with their passes and with their transition through the zones with speed.”
Before the game, the Lady Headers honored Woodfin, who is their captain and only senior. She had two assists to up her career totals to 24 goals, 43 assists and 67 points (9th on Marblehead’s all-time girls scoring list).
Masconomet 8, Marblehead 3
at Rockett Arena, Salem
Masconomet 2 2 4 8
Marblehead 0 3 0 3
First period: MS, Izzy Sarra (Lexi Rosenbuam, Sydney Sheerin), 7:43; MS, Charissa Flanagan (Meg Hubbard), 9:09.
Second period: MS, Sarra (Rosenbaum, Sami Kelleher), 2:17; MS, Kelleher (Sarra), 3:58; MH, Brynne O’Connor (un), 4:38; MH, IsabelHubb Amigo (Sydney Cresta, Hadley Woodfin), 8:52; MH, Cresta (Woodfin, O’Connor), 9:50.
Third period: MS, Riane Vatcher (Kelleher), 1:00; MS, Flanagan (un), 6:18; MS, Hubbard (Flanagan, Hubbard), 8:56; MS, Sophia Nieves (Gabby Lowry), 12:49.
Saves: MS, Andraya Ferraro 19; MH, Sarah Ryan 16.
Records: MS, 8-6-1; MH, 5-9-3.