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Tritown News article 1/27/17

Masco girls hockey team enjoys winning season, sees areas for improvement

By Hannah Graf /

Approaching the end of the regular season, the Masconomet girls hockey team is channeling the strengths of the team as well as focusing on improvements.

With a diverse age range on the team this year and talented players coming from every grade and town, the Chieftains have found importance in highlighting what each player can bring to the table to benefit the group as a whole.

“I think we’ve learned that everyone on our team, no matter the age or skill level, plays a crucial role in each game and practice,” said Masco senior Madison Brooke. “We have the mentality of ‘win as a team, lose as a team,’ and I think everyone knows they have an impact in each achievement and defeat.”

No matter the outcome of a game, the group is always looking to enhance their strengths and learn from mistakes, often incorporating both into practice to ensure constant improvement.

“We could improve by working more as a team and less as individuals,” said sophomore Abby Gendron. “The most important thing I have learned so far is having strong communication not only on the ice but off the ice, as well.”

The Chieftains have had a successful season so far with a current 6-3-2 record. After a tough loss to Beverly, they are working on what specifically can be done differently for some tough upcoming regular season games against Shrewsbury, Andover, Winthrop-Lynn, and Westford Academy.

“We definitely have a challenging month ahead of us,” said Brooke. “Offensively, we know we have speed and the ability to beat girls, but we need to keep going hard to the net for rebounds, taking quick shots, and creating screens. Getting a cycle going down low and using our points whenever we can will allow us to get the scoring opportunities and possession that we need.”

By concentrating on specific aspects of the game, the team is hoping to make progress with each player’s skills as to minimize mistakes on the ice. According to head coach Ryan Sugar, the group needs to fine-tune everything to continue its success.

Sugar has put a strong emphasis on conditioning this year that has been beneficial to the players. Now further into the season, adding more skill work on top of strength exercises in practice has helped the Chieftains improve their stamina while becoming more powerful players.

Gendron said the team is enthusiastic at these tough but rewarding practices and that the group’s “biggest strength this year is that every player is fully dedicated to the team and always comes ready to work hard.”

In addition to on-ice strengths, the team helped to raise $1,100 to benefit the American Cancer Society in its Jan. 20 Coaches vs. Cancer game. Masco beat the Brookline/Newton South co-op team, 4-1, that night.

The achievements of the team this season reflect the endless hard work that they have been putting in at practice. That hard work is sure to help them with their increasingly challenging games in the rest of the regular season and into the state tournament.

“We have a positive and confident attitude and, I think if we keep playing hard, everything will come together for us by the end of February,” said Brooke.

The Chieftains will travel to Andover on Saturday, followed by a week of practice to prepare to take on in-league rival Winthrop-Lynn on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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