In its first game of the new year, the Sandwich girls’ hockey team had an answer for everything host Barnstable threw at the Blue Knights on Wednesday, January 1.
Visiting the Red Raiders at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center in a clash of Cape & Islands League Atlantic Division rivals, the Knights captured a crucial 4-2 win. Four players scored in the win and, on two separate occasions, those goals came within a minute of the Raiders either tying the game or taking the lead.
Barnstable opened the scoring on a goal from Laura Cogswell in the first period, but the one-goal advantage wouldn’t last long. Paige Hawkins knotted the game, 1-1, shortly after the face-off at center ice midway through the first period. With roughly two minutes left before the first intermission, Olivia O’Brien put her team in front, 2-1, when she lit the lamp on the Red Raiders.
Neither team found the back of the net in the second period. Both clubs struggled to gain momentum despite Barnstable beginning the frame with 1:12 of a power play left and getting another one with 7:38 left in the period. Shots on goal were even through that 15-minute portion of play at seven apiece.
Scoring picked up in the third period, as 4:30 into the final frame, Finley Crosby tied the game, 2-2, on an assist from Cogswell. But just like the previous time Barnstable scored, Sandwich answered right back. Thirty seconds hadn’t even come off the clock when Maura McIver scored the eventual game-winning goal on a feed from Hawkins and Meghan Barrett.
Rachel Brooks added the insurance goals with 3:19 left, assisted by Anna Goodwin, to give the game its final score of 4-2. Barnstable pulled its goalie with 1:10 left in the game, following a timeout, but Sandwich controlled possession in the waning moments despite lacking the extra skater.
Pembroke 2, Sandwich 0
With a chance to take home the Judy Gormley Classic championship and score two wins against a quality team, Sandwich came up just short on Saturday, December 28, at Gallo Ice Arena.
The Knights fell behind Pembroke, 1-0, in the first period and the score was stuck at the one-goal deficit until the Titans added an empty-net goal for the 2-0 win and the title of tournament champions.
Despite the loss, sophomore goaltender Sophia Visceglio had herself a strong game in net.
Sandwich 3, Old Rochester/Bourne-Mashpee-UCT-Apponequet 2
Senior co-captain Kileigh Holt scored the game-winning goal with less than a second to play as the Knights squeaked out a late-win against their new-look Canal Cup rivals last Friday, December 27, at Gallo Ice Arena.
Holt scored the first of her two goals on the afternoon in the second period, joining sophomore Caroline Barrett to aid Sandwich to a 2-1 lead entering the second intermission. McIver and Hawkins assisted on Holt’s goal while McIver and Sydney Sawyer set up Barrett’s goal.
The Bulldogs knotted the score at two apiece with just under seven minutes to play but Sandwich had one goal left in the tank. Skating with the puck in their offensive end with less than a minute remaining, Holt came through with the game-winner on assists from McIver and Hawkins.
Meg Nolan stopped 35-of-38 shots on net for the ORR/BMUA while Visceglio made 10 saves on 12 shots for the Knights.
The last-second result was reminiscent of the last time these two teams squared off, in the fifth-annual Lady Canal Cup. Both teams were locked in a 1-1 tie with less than a minute remaining, when Barrett buried the game-winning biscuit on a pass from McIver.
Sandwich (4-2, 2-0 C&I Atlantic) visits Scituate in a non-league game Saturday, January 4, at Hobomock Arena in Pembroke at 8:20 PM.