Round one of a two-day, back-to-back set between the Sandwich and Falmouth High girls went the way of the home team at the Falmouth Ice Arena on Wednesday, February 12.
Rallying for two third-period goals, Falmouth topped the Knights, 4-3, to tighten up the league standings.
FHS got goals from Jamie Roth and Katie Shanahan in the third period to take the lead. Roth put away a Sam McKenzie rebound at 4:39 to tie the score up for the Clippers. SHS then had a great chance to gain the lead back with a 5-on-3 power play that was supposed to last for 1:48, but a penalty against SHS cost them part of that advantage. As soon as Shanahan exited the sin bin she looked up to see a perfect stretch pass from Sam McKenzie headed her way.
Shanahan skated onto the puck and went in free against Sophia Viscelgio, beating the keeper to the near side to put Falmouth ahead 6:34 left. It was Shanahan’s second goal of the game against a keeper she is a teammate of on a club team.
From that point on, Falmouth carried play and did not allow Sandwich to challenge goalie Lucy Armour until the final seconds of the game. With 10 seconds to play, and the goalie out for an extra attacker, Paige Hawkins skated in free against Armour looking to tie the score. The freshman goalie for FHS kicked aside the bid, preserving the win.
The second period saw rat-a-tat-tat action between the clubs, including three goals exchanged in a matter of just 48 seconds of play.
Sandwich doubled its 1-0 lead at the 4:03 mark of the second when Maura McIver popped a rebound of a Paige Hawkins’ shot over Lucy Armour’s glove to make it 2-0.
Falmouth got that one back just 23 seconds later and then added another 25 seconds after that. Meghan Azzato dug in front of the net to push home a loose puck after a shot by Sam McKenzie to make it 2-1 at the 4:26 mark of the period to shave the lead in half. Taytum Cox also assisted on that one. Then, just a moment later, Katie Shanahan one-timed a feed from Ryann McDonald, right between the hashes, to knot the count at 2-2.
The score stood at two apiece until the 12:34 mark of the period when a great move from Hawkins behind the Falmouth net put her team up 3-2. Right from Gretzky’s office, the sophomore head-faked to her left and then wrapped the puck around the opposite side. Armour went to her glove side, and Hawkins filled the exposed stick side for the go-ahead goal.
Falmouth nearly tied the score with six seconds left in the frame, but Visceglio made one of the best saves of the day, denying McKenzie on a breakaway. The FHS sniper came right up the middle and tried to shoot low to the glove side, but Visceglio got to the spot with her right leg pad to keep her team ahead.
Sandwich scored the lone first period goal between the teams at 3:33. Kileigh Holt broke loose up the slot and snapped one on net that ran in off of Armour. The FHS goalie got a piece of the puck, but it caromed into the net off her blocker.
The Thursday, February 13, meeting between the two teams was completed after the time of publication.
Sandwich 5, Martha’s Vineyard 0
The Blue Knights girls’ hockey team scored in the opening minute of action on Sunday, February 9, and never looked back en route to the team’s fifth shutout on the season.
Hawkins scored early in the first period, scoring the only goal Visceglio would need. Holt scored late in the period to stake the Knights to a 2-0 lead after the first intermission.
Hawkins’ second of the game came late in the second period, giving the hosts a 3-0 game before senior co-captain Lauren MacPherson scored on assists from Emily Souke and Sydney Sawyer in the third period. Holt capped the scoring for the game, finishing off a pass from Hawkins.
Visceglio stopped all 16 shots she faced on the afternoon.
Sandwich (14-5, 7-3 C&I) concludes its regular season at home against Pembroke on Sunday, February 16, at 1:30 PM. Previously, the Knights earned their first win of the season against the Titans, in a 4-0 win on December 12.
Falmouth Enterprise sports editor Rich Maclone contributed to this story.