Rachel Myette stopped all 26 shots she faced and three underclassmen netted goals for Duxbury as the defending Division 2 state champions upended defending Division 1 state champion Hingham, 3-0, at Pilgrim Skating Arena Wednesday night.
“Our girls were really up for this game,” said Duxbury coach Friend Weiler. “I feel our defense played really strong. Just moved the puck well. Got it up to the forwards, and capitalized on our opportunities. We knew you don’t get that many opportunities against a team like Hingham, but I’m glad we were able to convert when we needed to.”
With less than seven minutes to play in the first period, Duxbury’s Caroline Shaunessy carried the puck in the offensive zone before being forced behind the Hingham net. Shaunessy passed the puck to fellow defenseman Ally Hammel at the blue line, who tucked a slap shot past Hingham netminder Taylor Walsh just inside the right post for an early 1-0 lead.
“[Hammel] had a nice, low, hard shot on net, and that’s what we worked on in practice,” said Weiler, “just getting it on net and getting traffic in front, and she did exactly what we were asking of her all week long.”
The Dragons stretched their lead to two just over a minute into the second. Shaunessy squeezed a pass through Hingham’s defense to freshman forward Meredith Wright, who was on a breakaway. Walsh was able to come up with the save, but the rebound was stuffed home by freshman Jane Dudley for the 2-0 lead.
The Harbormen had their chances in the second period. Hingham had the opportunity to capitalize on three consecutive Dragon penalties, but Duxbury’s aggressive defense kept Jane Freda, Samantha Ryder, and the rest of the potent Hingham offense chasing the puck down in their own end.
“Our penalty killers did a phenomenal job,” said Weiler. “Jacqui Nolan and Liz Collins, Martha Findley and Caroline Shaunessy, they really did an excellent job just hitting them back and not giving them an inch when they were trying to come into the zone. I was happy with the way our special teams worked tonight.
The Dragons added an empty net goal by freshman Marissa Fitcher with less than 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory, and lock up Myette’s fifth shutout of the season.
The Dragons (16-0) will continue their quest for perfection with a home game against perennial power St. Mary’s of Lynn this Saturday at 5:15, while the Harbormen (12-5-1) will look to right the ship with a home game against Braintree Saturday at 1.
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