Falmouth Girls Capture 2nd Straight Ice Hockey Win
By: Rich Maclone
Once they got a taste of winning, the Falmouth High School girls’ ice hockey team apparently liked it. After being held winless over their first 14 games, the Clippers won their second in a row on Wednesday afternoon at Martha’s Vineyard, rallying for a 3-2 win on the island behind three third-period goals.
Freshman Alexa Scribner got the first two for FHS in the third period, and then sophomore forward Amy Wilson netted the game-winner as the Clippers finished off a strong all-around effort. The team is now 2-14-2 overall on the year.
“It was only a matter of time,” Head Coach Steve Cross said. “We were the better team for the first two periods, but most of our shots were in the goalie’s bread basket. They got the lead on a couple of mistakes by us, but we finished in the third period.”
The Lady Islanders potted a pair of goals in the second, off the stick of Angela DeBettencourt, to take the lead into the final frame. DeBettencourt netted both goals early in the second, getting the first one just about a half minute into the period and then got the second of the game on her next shift.
Before that and after, Falmouth was the better team. But, until the third, they had nothing to show for it.
A rookie led the way. Scribner, who has had a fantastic week for the Clippers, scored on a pair of breakaways to knot the count. The first one was set up by Brittany Lawler, who chipped the puck out of the defensive end where Scribner skated on to it and split the defense for a break-in. She tucked the puck past the keeper to make it 2-1 with 6:20 left to play in the game.
Two minutes later Scribner struck again on the same type of play. Brenna Callahan fired the puck up the boards for Wilson, who hit Scribner in stride. The freshman was off to the races again and beat the goalie to knot the score at two a side.
But, the Clippers were not done. About a minute later Wilson, who has been Falmouth’s top all-around player all season, completed the comeback with a brilliant shot to put her team ahead, 3-2. Scribner started the play in the offensive end by getting it to Ally Skelly, who found Wilson near the net. The sophomore sniped a shot to the top shelf to put the maroon and white ahead to stay.
In net Casey Eustis was solid. MV tested her a few times late in the game, especially in the final minute with their keeper pulled for an extra attacker, and she stood up to the barrage to post the victory.
Falmouth looks to extend their winning streak to three games today when they host Marshfield High School at 4 PM at the Falmouth Ice Arena. Tomorrow they will square off against Scituate for the second time in a week. Falmouth beat SHS by a 6-0 score on Sunday to secure the team’s first win of the year.
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