Falmouth Girls' Hockey Defeats D-Y, Qualifies For State Tournament
By: Rich Maclone
The first team to qualify for the MIAA state tournament this year is one of the last teams to finish their season last year. On Wednesday night, on the strength of a 4-0 win over Dennis-Yarmouth High School, the Falmouth High School girls' ice hockey team punched their ticket to the postseason.
Not that there was ever any doubt that the second-ranked team in the state would do so. Falmouth is now 10-0-0 to start the year at the exact midpoint of its schedule and is the first girls' team in Massachusetts to reach double figures in victories so far.
"I knew that we'd get there, but it still feels good to qualify," Coach Erin Hunt said following her team's one-sided win. "They're working hard, and this is a good thing."
Sophomore goaltender Maddie Scavotto had one of her easier nights in the net this year as she was called upon to make just 13 saves over the course of the game, eight of which came in the third period. In stopping all of the Dolphins bids, Scavotto earned her fifth shutout of the season so far and lowered her goals against average to 0.58 for the season so far and increased her save percentage to .970.
Once again the Clippers' first line did the bulk of the scoring in the game, collecting three of the four goals. Sophomore Rachel Moore had two goals and an assist and junior Alexa Scribner added a goal and a helper in the win.
Moore, who now has nine goals and nine assists for the season, potted the first one for FHS at the 3:53 mark of the first period with a shot from the slot that Scribner set up.
In the second period, at the 10:13 mark, Maddie Haberl netted her seventh of the year off a pretty feed from Hannah Callahan. The freshman defense feigned a shot and then sent it down low for Haberl, who snapped it in the net for a 2-0 lead. Haberl would have to leave the game later in the period after crashing into the boards and injuring her wrist. She will be out of the lineup for a couple of weeks after x-rays determined that she suffered a fracture.
A little over a minute later, at 11:10, Moore got more, making it 3-0. She carried the puck in and sniped one past the goalie for a 3-0 lead.
Falmouth held that three-goal advantage for most of the rest of the game. With exactly one second left on the game clock in the third period they got the last one. Scribner scored her team-leading 12th of the season on a late breakaway that she put away.
FHS outshot the Dolphins by a 40-13 margin in the game, but D-Y goalie Emily Gallagher had a strong game in the net, making 36 saves. She faced 31 shots in the first two periods alone.
"They stacked things in front of their net. We got plenty of shots through, but (Gallagher) did a good job. We definitely had to work for those goals," Coach Hunt said.
Defensively, FHS got strong efforts from Casey Eustis and Callahan. Eustis, who played a regular shift in the game, took away a pair of breakaway chances by the Dolphins midway through the game.
FHS has a week off before getting back at it. The Clippers travel to Canton next Wednesday for a 6:30 PM game.
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