Holding The Line

Falmouth defenseman Abby McDonald makes a play at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone against LaSalle last night at the Falmouth Ice Arena.

The New Year started with a letdown for the Falmouth High School girls’ ice hockey team as they lost for the first time this season. After winning their first four games to begin the season the Clippers dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting LaSalle (Rhode Island) in a back-and-forth affair at the Falmouth Ice Arena on January 2.

LaSalle opened with a strong first period and then had a response every time the Clippers made something happen. Leading 3-2 heading into the third, LaSalle had an answer every time the Clippers made a charge back into the game.

The Rams increased their lead to two goals midway through the third period when Hannah Haxton put away a rebound on the far post to make it 4-2 at the 8:35 mark. FHS got that one right back on a great play from behind the net by Sam McKenzie, who spun a wraparound in to cut the deficit to 4-3 at 9:20.

LaSalle fired back two minutes later. Zoe Bergeron crashed the net hard and put in a rebound from the weak side, beating Lucy Armour through the five-hole to make it a 5-3 game at 11:39.

Megan Azzato’s highlight-reel goal at 13:48 gave FHS a chance, making it a one-goal game again with 72 seconds left in the contest. Azzato collected the puck in her own end and went coast-to-coast, weaving from the left wing boards to the right wing circle before beating Katie Grivers to the far side with a beautiful wrist shot.

FHS then pulled the goal with a minute to play for an extra attacker, but LaSalle stole the puck and put in an empty-netter to seal the deal at 14:14. Anya Nichipor had the dagger for the visitors.

FHS fell behind 2-0 after a sloppy first period in which the team generated very little offense and gave up a pair of bookend goals, allowing one in the opening and closing seconds of the frame. Both LaSalle goals came off of the stick of Grayson Goolgasian. The first was a wrist shot from the the slot that beat Lucy Armour over her glove just 46 seconds into the game. The Rams then doubled the lead with just 11 seconds to play in the frame as Galgoosian chopped away at her own rebound before sliding one in to light the lamp.

Falmouth came back to tie the score with a pair of power play goals just 43 seconds apart in the second. The first was a 5-on-3 goal scored by Megan Azzato from the slot. She collected it facing away from Sarah Lisa, spun 180-degrees and scored to make it 2-1 at the four minute mark. Seconds later it was Ryann McDonald’s turn to score on special teams, chipping a shot from the bottom of the right wing circle up high to tie the score at 2-2.

The tie did not last long. LaSalle cashed in its own power play chance about a minute later to go ahead 3-2. Krista Varrichione picked the far top corner from the left wing circle to give her team the 3-2 lead heading to the room.

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