The Sandwich High School girls’ ice hockey team used a pair of second-period goals to erase a Pembroke lead and rally to win the Judy Gormley Classic on Sunday, January 2, at Gallo Ice Arena. The title game was a typical SHS contest, with tight checking and strong defense, as goalie Sophia Visceglio came up big when it mattered most to help the team hold on for a 2-1 win.
Pembroke outshot the Knights 22-21 and held an 11-8 margin in the final period. Visceglio stopped everything she saw after the opening period, making 20 straight stops to secure the win in net.
“It was a great back-and-forth game. Both teams had strong scoring chances, but both goalies were outstanding,” SHS head coach Steve Noll said. “Pembroke put a lot of pressure on our defensive zone in the final minute, but Sophia stood on her head.”
The Knights also rode some strong play from the defense. Meghan Barrett, Olivia O’Brien, Darby Rounsville and Cali Kent all had strong showings for SHS.
Pembroke broke through first with a first-period goal at 4:16 off the stick of Maria Contino, who was set up by Jen Birolini. After that one Visceglio settled in and stopped everything, which gave her team a chance to rally.
And rally the Knights did, scoring twice in the middle frame to turn things around. Emma MacPherson tied the score just seconds into the period, potting the tying goal at the 33-second mark. Maken Clark and Adrianna Kelsch had the helpers on the tying score.
Midway through the period the Knights cashed in a power play chance to take the lead for good. O’Brien scored with a hard shot at the 8:08 mark, just seconds after a five-on-three power play became a one-skater advantage. Rounsville, who passed it over from point to point, and MacPherson were credited with the assists on the game-winner.
SHS now enjoys a bit of a break in the schedule. The team will return to action on Wednesday, January 12, when it will head over to Martha’s Vineyard to play a Cape and Islands League matinee at 4 PM.
Entering its week off the team has posted a 4-0 record thus far. SHS has allowed just two goals for the year and has potted 12.