St. Mary's 7, Wakefield 1
With 3:52 left in the second period, Abby Gauthier of St. Mary's of Lynn knew she had to skate and deliver. The senior forward drilled home a goal to give the Spartans renewed momentum and a 3-1 edge. That was all they needed as the Spartans captured the MIAA Division 1 girls' hockey state championship with a 7-1 victory over Wakefield at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center and ended their season at a perfect 25-0.
After second-seeded Wakefield (19-4-1) scored the opening goal in the first period, St. Mary's responded with the equalizer. Then with 2:47 left in the period, Courtney Winters gave the Spartans the lead for good.
St. Mary's ran into penalty trouble in the second frame. Only a minute into the period, two Spartans were in the box, giving Wakefield a 5-on-3 advantage for 1 minute 30 seconds. The Warriors applied pressure but couldn't capitalize.
The third period fell into a sloppy pattern as both teams were hit with a mix of penalties and players landing hard all over the ice as St. Mary's pulled away.
Hingham 6, Milton 1
In 2004, girls' ice hockey arrived at Hingham High. The girls mustered just two wins that season, but four years later Hingham can call itself a state champion.
Seniors Emily Jennings, Meg Findley, and Hillary Taverna, the last members of the inaugural team, skated the final shift last night as Hingham celebrated a 6-1 victory in the Division 2 final at Bright Hockey Center.
"We had a lot of girls in Hingham that played hockey, they just never used to play at the high school," Hingham coach Tom Findley said. "We were able to start developing girls that actually wanted to stay in town and play their sport."
Last night, it was the youngsters who got it done for Hingham (23-1-2). Sophomore Chrissie Bowler, who was hobbling on a sprained ankle just days earlier, scored four goals, three in the first period. Freshman goaltender Beth Findley stopped 11 shots, and a defense that included juniors Rebecca Murphy, Laura Levin, and Bailey Millerd limited Milton's offensive chances.
"We used our speed," coach Findley said. "We were very, very unselfish. We passed the puck better than any team I've seen."
From the opening minutes Hingham swarmed Milton goaltender Anna Mandell. Hingham outshot Milton, 10-3, in the first period.
Three minutes into the game, Stephanie Schlosky scored the first of her two goals, on a Murphy assist. Then Bowler stepped in, smacking in a power-play goal 10 minutes into the opening period. Soon after, she snagged the puck near the neutral zone and scored on a breakaway. She completed the hat trick with 33 seconds left in the first on an assist from Murphy to give Hingham a 4-0 lead.
Of her sprained ankle, "I didn't even feel it," Bowler said, her right ankle taped and wrapped in ice.
Added forward Stephanie Invernizzi, "She was on fire, she kept going to the net. She wanted it so bad."
Milton (17-1-3) attempted to slow Hingham in the second period when Christine Mitchell broke free to end the shutout at 5:29, but Hingham soon got another goal from Schlosky to make the score 5-1.
Milton was back in the final for the second year in a row but got a similar result; Barnstable handed the Wildcats a 5-1 loss last season. Five players graduated from that team and this season's edition didn't suffer its first loss until the championship game.
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