Falmouth & Wellesley Boys Hockey Skate To A Tie
By: Rich Maclone, February 21, 2014
There's a very good chance that Falmouth and Wellesley have not seen the last of each other, and a whole lot more will be on the line should they meet again. The two teams, who are arguably the best in Division 2 this year, played to a 2-2 draw yesterday at the Falmouth Ice Arena in the final girls' game of this year's Cape Cod Classic.
Yesterday the Clippers overcame some early shakiness and got a third period goal from sophomore Emily Sanidas as they played the Red Raiders to a 2-2 draw. Her sixth goal of the season at 5:47 of the third period brought her team back to even as she whacked in a pass from Kelly Ferreira that the team's top assist-producer bounced to her from behind the cage.
Sanidas nearly won it for Falmouth five minutes later, but Wellesley keeper Meghan King made her biggest stop of the evening, gloving a one-timed rocket from five feet out.
FHS Head Coach Erin Hunt commended the play of the sophomore forward. "She's played really well for us all season," Hunt said. "She's been good on both ends of the ice."
Early on it looked like the teams might be headed for a high-scoring affair. Falmouth struck first just 1:58 into the contest. Maggie MacDonald got a feed from Callan Small and sped up the left side and backhanded one by King to give FHS a 1-0 lead.
The Raiders rallied back to score two goals in a span of just under three minutes to take a lead that they would hold onto until the final frame. Both goals came off the stick of Cecily Docktor. The high-flying forward's arguably shouldn't have counted as it appeared that Maddie Scavotto had the puck covered, but WHS kept whacking away at her glove and popped it in to tie the score at 6:45. At 9:36 they added another on a give-and-go that Docktor finished with aplomb.
The second period was back-and-forth. FHS had two power plays in the period, putting eight of their 13 shots on goal with the advantage, but failed to get one by King until the third stanza.
Earlier in the week, the Clippers won a 4-3 game against Norwood in the first round of the Classic. FHS went up 4-0 early, with goals from Shannon Upton, Hannah Callahan, Ferreira and Scribner. NHS roared back to make it close, but could not finish the job.
FHS now awaits the pairings for the MIAA tournament, which come out today. At 13-2-4, FHS looks like it will end seeded third in the field, Wellesley (17-1-3) should be No. 2. Methuen/Tewksbury (19-1) will be No. 1.