Here are some interesting tidbits on the high school girls' hockey scene:
1) Defensive player of the week: Credit is due to St. Mary’s junior goaltender Lauren Skinnion after stonewalling Westwood 2-1 despite her team being outshot 31-17. Skinnion allowed one goal, as Kaleigh Finigan and Alison Butler scored the game winners for the defending Division 1 state finalist Spartans (6-2-1). Skinnion also made 32 clutch saves in a 4-1 upset over defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic earlier this season. Skinnion currently posts a 0.924 save percentage.
2) Offensive player of the week: Sophomore right winger Haley Payne propelled Braintree (5-1-1) into first place in the Bay State Conference after posting all six goals in a single game against Weymouth, a 6-4 win. It was the first time a player at Braintree had scored six goals in a game. The previous record was four by the Wamps’ all-time leading scorer, Amanda Abromson, three years ago, according to head coach Kevin Burchill. Prior to the game, Payne had yet to score this season.
3) Team to watch: Second-ranked Falmouth continues to steamroll past the competition after Alexa Scribner scored a pair of goals in the Clippers 5-0 shutout over No. 13 Walpole Monday. Against Dennis-Yarmouth Wednesday, Clippers Maddie Scavotto netted her fifth shutout of the season winning 4-0. Scavotto is now the top goalie in the state with a .58 goals against average. The undefeated Clippers also stopped defending Division 2 state champion Duxbury's unbeaten streak at 34 with a 1-0 win on Jan. 5. Can the Clippers smell a D2 crown in the near future?
4) Biggest update from this week: No. 16 Acton-Boxboro outdid previously unbeaten and sixth-ranked Westford 4-2 Wednesday in a Merrimack Valley/Dual County League matchup. Lauren Roche's late hat trick, including the eventual game winner in the third period, sealed the victory. Colonials goalie Cali Loblundo stopped 26 shots.
5) Looking forward: This Saturday the Pilgrim Arena will get another visit from Austin Prep’s senior goalie Shannon O’Neil, who stopped 53 shots in the Cougars 3-1 victory over Hingham last season. O’Neil currently posts a 1.07 goals against average and a 0.968 save percentage with five shutouts this season. The Harbormen (6-2) enter the matchup after a 3-1 loss to Fontbonne Jan. 12. Meanwhile, the Cougars (5-3-3) recently tied the defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic, 1-1.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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