Last year’s two top scorers for the Falmouth High School girls’ ice hockey team picked up where they left off as the Clippers opened up the new season with a 3-0 win at Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, December 18.

Sophomore Sam McKenzie, who had 20 goals a year ago, netted two in the season-opener to lead the way for FHS, collecting both in the third period to open things up. Freshman Ryann McDonald, whose 12 goals were second on the squad a year ago, had the other one for FHS.

“Our offense struggled. Their goalie was pretty good, but we should have been better,” coach Brian Ferreira said after his team began the year with a win.

Falmouth carried large stretches of the game, but could not find a way to solve the Vineyard keeper until midway through the second, and it came in a bit of an unorthodox fashion. At the 7:35 mark of the middle frame, Charlotte Davis got the puck deep and McDonald was able to dig it out and wrap it around to put FHS ahead.

That lead stood until the third when McKenzie was sent on a breakaway. The third-year varsity skater banked her shot in off of the keeper to double the lead. Megan Azzato and McDonald assisted on the play.

McKenzie then iced the win for Falmouth at the 12:31 mark of the final frame. She ripped a hard shot from high in the zone just under the crossbar to make it 3-0. McDonald and Cate Brodie picked up helpers on the play.

Goaltender Lucy Armour picked up the shutout in the net for the Clippers. Armour made a number of big saves early in the game, and stood up an MV penalty shot in the first period to keep the game scoreless. Defensemen Brodie, Davus Riley Green and Chloe Champani were all credited for having strong outings. Jamie Roth played well for the Clippers up front.

Falmouth welcomes winless Archbishop Williams to town for a 5 PM game December 21, at the Falmouth Ice Arena. The Clippers’ first home game of the year will begin at 5 PM.

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