Lily Connolly scored a hat trick to lead No. 3 Duxbury to its ninth straight victory, a 6-1 rout of No. 16 Sandwich in a Southeastern Massachusetts Girls Hockey League matchup at the Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne Wednesday.
"Being undefeated, we just know that we want to keep it and beat every team and come out strong like we usually do," Connolly said.
Duxbury coach Friend Weiler was concerned the team's performance would decline after a break for mid-terms and a recent cancellation against Barnstable because of poor weather.
Weiler believed the Green Dragons (9-0) needed a "wake-up call" and Sandwich (9-3) obliged. In the opening period, freshman Nicole Martin scored with an assist from junior defender Katie Flynn to give the Blue Knights a 1-0 lead.
"We've had a long layoff and that first goal really woke our girls up, but thankfully we were able to rebound quickly and play with more urgency," Weiler said. ""It took that wake-up call to get us in motion."
Connolly tied the score 31 seconds later with a shot just below the crossbar past freshman goaltender Molly Kennedy. Two minutes later, senior defenseman Martha Findley blasted a slap shot from the blue line for a 2-1 lead.
"At first, we weren't playing like we usually do but we got back into the game," Connolly said. "Our forwards were strong and we passed well and were able to score."
Connolly netted her second goal to give the Green Dragons a 3-1 lead in the second period.
"[Sandwich] moves the puck well and we just wanted to make sure we applied pressure to put them back on their heels," Weiler said.
Connolly completed her hat trick in the second period. Duxbury was even stronger in the third period with speed, solid passing, and an impenetrable defense. Sophomore forward Caroline Shaunessy and senior forward Colleen Leddie finished the scoring for the Green Dragons. Sophomore Rachel Myette made 17 saves for Duxbury.
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