Lady Knights Knock Off Rams
By: Dan Crowley
Coach Steve Noll knows he has something special on the ice this winter. The Sandwich Lady Knights have been skating rings around opponents this season, winning again Wednesday over a strong Marshfield team by a score of 5-1.
“We’ve had a wonderful start to the season,” Coach Noll said. “We’re improving every week. We’re solid from the goal out. We’re keeping it simple, and the girls trust and believe in each other.”
Sophomore Michaela Igo had the puck in the Marshfield net just 35 seconds into the game with assists from Katherine O’Brien and Megan Congro. Before the Rams knew what hit them Sandwich went up 2-0, as Igo struck again off a pass from Annaleise Conway, tucking the shot in just under the crossbar.
Sandwich ended the opening period scoring a third time. With 4:32 to play Igo took a pass from O’Brien and skated through the defense, lined up her shot and then drilled it top shelf far post.
Sandwich continued to rough up the Rams in the second period, as Paige Wilcox swept across the front of the Marshfield net and fired home the fourth SHS goal. The Rams got one back 20 seconds later on a shot from the top of the slot that eluded Sandwich goalie Kells Casey.
Igo scored her fourth of the night with 1:36 to play in the second, with a wrist shot assisted by O’Brien.
Marshfield outshot Sandwich 23-22 with 10 of their shots coming in the third period, all of which were stopped by Casey.
The Lady Knights put another game in the win column Monday as they posted a 3-2 victory over Latin Academy.
Sandwich opened the scoring early when Katherine O’Brien and Kristen Levesque fed the puck to Michaela Igo on a power play, then Igo tucked it away for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Knights went up by two just two minutes later when O’Brien took a pass from Levesque and found the net. Latin Academy got one back before the end of the opening period to cut the Sandwich lead to one.
After a scoreless second period the Lady Knights took a two-goal lead when Igo struck again, this time assisted by Katie Flynn.
Sandwich held a 31-21 advantage in shots on goal.
Igo had a natural hat trick before the end of the first period Sunday afternoon to lead the Lady Knights in a 6-2 victory over Scituate. Igo went on to score four times.
“Our line has played together since we were little,” Igo said. “We help each other out. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Igo skates on the first line for Sandwich along with O’Brien and Levesque.
“Katherine (O’Brien) and I still skate together with the Bay State Breakers,” she added.
Igo got things rolling for SHS just 3:26 into the opener and then made it 2-0 two minutes later, slipping the puck past the Scituate goalie.
Scituate got one back with 2:55 to play. It took Igo and the Lady Knights less than a minute to match that, as Igo pounced on a loose puck to the left of the Scituate net and drilled it home. Igo nearly came up with her fourth goal of the first period with 47 seconds on the clock, as she got inside the Sailors’ defense and fired a hard shot.
With 10:43 left in the middle period O’Brien lit the light as she completed a perfect bang-bang play off a pass from behind the net from Igo, making it 4-1.
With 7:11 left in the second period Paige Wilcox dug a pass from Liz Connolly out of the left corner and fought her way out front, lining up a shot that slipped between the near post and the goalie’s pad for a 5-1 Sandwich lead.
Levesque and O’Brien combined for some nice passing and a good scoring opportunity late in the second stanza, but were denied. O’Connell did a nice job stopping a Scituate shot and, when the rebound came rocketing back her way, she blocked that as well.
But the Sailors had one more in them and with 25 seconds on the clock Woodford landed her second of the game from up-close to O’Connell’s left.
The third period was again all Sandwich as the Lady Knights continued to outshoot the Sailors. Kells Casey took over in net for the Lady Knights and was tested in the opening seconds. Igo notched her fourth of the day 4:15 into the final period off a backhand while crossing from right to left across the top of the crease. Megan Congro picked up the assist.
Casey stopped a solid Scituate effort with 1:52 to play, with the puck coming out of traffic in the slot to nail down the win.
“I’m thrilled with our defense,” Coach Steve Noll said. “Megan Congro, Ashley McElhinney, Courtney Alexander, and Katie Flynn did an excellent job. And I think we have the best goalie tandem in the league. Our second line of Liz Connolly, Anna Gannett, Paige Wilcox, and Annaleise Conway rotate, and all of them played very well.”
Sandwich outshot the Sailors, 36-15.
Sandwich (7-1) is back on the ice tomorrow when they will host Falmouth at 6 PM.
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