Hockey in Falmouth is strong, and it’s only getting better. Three teams based in town reached their state championship games over the weekend as the Cape Cod Storm U14 girls’ team, and both the Bantam A and B boys’ teams, went deep in their respective title hunts this weekend. All three dropped their last contest of the tournaments, but had excellent runs to get there.
The Cape Cod Storm girls’ run to the championship game in Marlborough, where they dropped a 3-2 finale to Assabet Valley, still brought with it a great victory. The girls won a thrilling five-overtime contest against the Boston Eagles, and with that win punched their ticket to the Tier II National Championships. Massachusetts gets two bids to the national tourney, so both Cape Cod and Assabet Valley will be there. The Storm U14 girls, who are coached by Tom Peterson, will join the U19 girls’ team, which also has qualified for the national tourney.
Sending another team to nationals is quite a feather in the cap of the program. This marks the first time that two teams from the program will go to the nationals in the same year. In six years as a program, the Storm will now have sent four teams to nationals, with both of this year’s teams, as well as the U14 teams from 2013 and 2011. The Storm program draws from the Upper and Mid-Cape areas, with the bulk of the teams made up of players from the Falmouth and Barnstable areas. The U14 girls from Falmouth are: Brooke Bowman, Emma Callahan, Rachael Curtis, Caroline and Danielle Peterson, McKenzie Haberl, and Ericka Meissner. Shannon Upton, of Sagamore Beach and Falmouth High School, is on the team. Mashpee is represented by Tannah and Michaela O’Brien. Barnstable players include Olivia Pearsall, Morgan Rainville, Shannon Roycroft, Olivia Sollows and Alexis Thomas. Rounding out the roster is Amanda Crowley of South Yarmouth. Tom Peterson of Falmouth is the head coach. He is assisted by Mike O’Brien of Mashpee and Jeff Sollows of Barnstable.
Caroline Peterson, who led the team with seven goals and seven assists for the tournament, scored the game-winner in the fifth 10-minute overtime to beat Boston, giving the team a 3-2 win on Sunday. That capped off a game that lasted three full 16-minute periods, plus another 44:30.
After the marathon, the Storm were back on the ice just four hours later to play Assabet Valley, which had finished its semifinal game before Cape Cod started its game. Cape Cod got goals from Bowman and Peterson to build a 2-1 lead, but Assabet Valley rallied to win it, scoring the game-winner with just 3:03 left in the game at the tail end of a power play.
Michaela O’Brien and Sollows split time in the net over the first four games. O’Brien did not allow a goal in the net. Sollows, the top keeper for the team and the starting varsity netminder for Barnstable High School, handled the rest of the game.
Cape Cod is ranked No. 2 nationally heading into the national tourney, which begins on April 2 in Amherst, New York. The club has put together a 30-10-3 record for the season thus far.
Earlier in the tourney, they posted a 4-1 win in their opener, against the New England Pride. Roycroft, Haberl, Caroline Peterson and Meissner scored goals in that game. They beat the Boston Jr. Shamrocks, 5-1, on Friday. Haberl had two goals and singles were netted by Pearsall, Upton, and Meissner. On Saturday, they beat the East Coast Wizards by a score of 3-0. Curtis, Haberl and Caroline Peterson scored goals in that one. They then beat Middlesex by a 6-0 score later on Saturday. Caroline Peterson had two goals, while Haberl, Callahan, Curtis and Roycroft had the others.
Bantam B Boys Bow In Semis
It was one heck of a run for the Falmouth Bantam B squad. Despite having just nine skaters and a goalie for the weekend, the Clippers went all the way to the state semifinals before losing a tough 2-0 decision to the host team from King Philip/Walpole at the Foxboro Sports Center. KP/W scored one goal early in the game and added an empty-netter for the win, despite excellent work by goaltender Kevin Duarte of Mashpee.
Playing forward for the team over the weekend were Ian Irving, Liam Gregory, Kyle Gonsalves, Christian Mulkern, and Chris Souza. The defense included Jeff Hamill, Tyler McKenzie, Max Roman and Owen Spellman, who played both forward and defense. Nick Kinsella missed the tournament due to a broken hand. Jack Irving was the head coach for the team, with Brian Kinsella and Rob Gregory serving as assistant coaches.
To get to the semis, Falmouth first mauled Medford, 9-0. Gregory scored five goals in that win. Gonsalves, Souza and Spellman lit the lamp in a 3-0 win over Franklin on Saturday. Later on Saturday the team won a tough one with Needham, 6-4. Gregory scored two and the team got single goals from Hammil, Mulkern, Spellman and McKenzie.
“We would have loved to have made the finals, but lost to a tough home team,” coach Kinsella said. “They definitely performed higher than expected. We had a good run.”