Huge third period lifts Masconomet over Marblehead
By Matt Williams Staff writer
SALEM — Hockey players seldom dream about skating sprints at the end of practice.
They do dream about scoring — and when your team scores six times in the third period of its first game, the method behind the madness of all those sprints becomes clear very quickly.
To say the Masconomet co-op was fresh in the third period Sunday morning might be an understatement. The Chieftains exploded offensively to come away with an 8-1 win over Marblehead at Salem State’s Rockett Arena.
“That’s why we skate at the end of every practice. Six goals in the third period? That was huge for us,” said Masco coach Ryan Sugar, who earned his first win in charge of the Chieftains (1-0).
Nine skaters registered at least a point for Masco. Senior captain Izzy Sarra netted a pair with an assist, senior Rachel Duval had a pair and sophomore Katie Strauss had two goals and assist. Sophomore Mikayla Vincent and freshman Nicole Flak both scored their first varsity goals and freshman goalie Molly Elmore picked up her first career win.
For Marblehead (0-1), the game became tougher as it went along. Goalie Sarah Ryan made 24 saves and had stopped 19-of-21 heading into the third before Masco put it out of reach; Leading 2-1, the Chieftains scored 27 seconds into the final frame, added two in a 68 second span later in the period and scored three times in the last 3:45.
“It got away from us some there in the third,” said Marblehead coach Emily Hudak Ries. “Masco’s a good team that can wear you down, and they made some good adjustments keeping an extra forward up high in the third.”
Sophomore Sydney Cresta gave Marblehead a 1-0 lead in the first when she came down the wing on the power play with a defender on her back. She shook off the pressure with her off hand and finished for the early advantage.
The Chieftains didn’t draw even until midway through the second when Flak dug out a rebound and swept it in. Three minutes later, Sarra scored an unassisted goal on which she corralled a loose puck off her legs and finished for the game-winner.
“You never know how it’s going to set up, so you keep shooting and it’s going to go in at some point,” said Sarra, who had two blasts from the slot saved earlier in the second. “The first period was a little rough but we got better, and we’ll continue to build on this game.”
Masco held that 2-1 advantage through 30 minutes of action and really turned it on over the final 15 minutes. Duval scored on a rebound in the first minute of the third and Vincent made it a 4-1 game with just under ten minutes to go.
Sarra scored her second on a blistering shot with 5:08 to. Then Strauss scored a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart as the Chieftains pulled away.
“Katie had been skating on the third line and she stepped up to the second line, and went out and scored twice on the same shift,” said Sugar. “That’s huge for her. It’s great to see different kids — Flak and Vincent — getting in on the scoring.”
Defenseman Madi Brooke picked up two assists, Gabrielle Lowry had one, Sami Kelleher notched a pair of helpers and Kate Irons had one Vatcher had one each. Masco finished the game 0-for-2 on the power play but did a good job on the penalty kill, holding Marblehead to 1-for-4.
Masconomet 8, Marblehead 1
at Rockett Arena, Salem
Masconomet: 0 2 6 — 8
Marblehead: 1 0 0 — 1
First period: MH, Sydney Cresta (un), ppg, 6:46.
Second Period: MS, Nicole Flak (Madi Brooke), 7:42; MS, Izzy Sarra (un), 10:43.
Third Period: MS, Rachel Duval (Sarra, Brooke), :27; MS, Mikayla Vincent (Gianna Conte, Katie Strauss), 5:48; MS, Sarra (Sami Kelleher), 9:52; MS, Strauss (Riane Vatcher), 11:15; MS, Strauss (Lowry), 11:40; MS, Duval (un), 13:45.
Saves: MS, Molly Elmore 8; MH, Sarah Rayn 24.
Records: MS, 1-0-0; MH, 0-1-0.