Here are some interesting tidbits on the high school girls' hockey scene:
Poll update: As promised, our girls’ hockey poll did close Wednesday at midnight and the results are in with a whopping 8,518 votes. According to our fan base, the Globe All-Scholastic you want to see most at TD Garden is Woburn’s Kayla Smith with 4,605 votes.
The senior has 22 goals and 16 assists and recently entered the 200-point club, the second Tanner to do so in the program’s history.
Following Smith was Duxbury’s Rachel Myette with 2,406 votes and in third, Austin Prep’s Shannon O’Neil with 1,349 votes.
With such a positive turnout, I’d like to here more feedback from you. I will be integrating weekly polls to get your take on the girls’ hockey scene.
In next week's poll, you will be able to vote for a team to be added in the Top 20 rankings in girls' hockey. Stay tuned for more info.
Back to girls’ hockey news.
1) Defensive player of the week -- Monday, Acton-Boxboro freshman Cali Loblundo stopped No. 5 Reading with 26 saves. The goalie posts a 1.50 goals against average, a 0.926 save percentage and two shutouts this season for the No. 13 Colonials. The Colonials (8-4) are four points shy of qualifying for the tournament.
2) Offensive player of the week -- Lincoln-Sudbury's winger Marylou Cummings had a five point night against Shrewsbury with a hat trick and two assists for the Warriors' 6-1 win. The sophomore led the Warriors (10-3) with 11 goals and eight assists in clinching the squad's postseason spot.
3) Team to watch -- Teams to watch this week that are one point shy of clinching a spot for the postseason are Norwood, Fontbonne and Billerica.
Teams that have qualified for the postseason are Wellesley, Archbishop Williams, Beverly, Danvers, Lincoln-Sudbury, Woburn, Falmouth, Duxbury, Latin Academy, Westford, Reading, Medway/Ashland St. Mary's, Arlington Catholic and Canton.
4) Biggest update from this week -- In a weekend update, Medway/Ashland won the 12th annual Nan Rheault Invitational, Sunday, in a 3-2 shootout win over Scituate. The winning goal came from freshman Kerryann Goode. Jillian Murphy and Katrina Anderson scored both regulation goals and netminder Kathryn Hamer collected 20 saves. In other girls’ hockey action Saturday, a number of girls scored a hat trick or even four goals in a single matchup, including:
Brooke Matherson, Walpole in 6-1 over Natick
Tori Dinger, Norwell in 8-1 over North Quincy/Quincy
Kayla Smith, Woburn in 8-0 over Stoneham
Hayley Payne, Braintree in 3-1 over Newton North
Emily Kelly, Norwood in 7-2 over Milton
Molly Connolly, Wellesley in 8-2 over Dedham
Holly Brouillette, Burlington in 6-3 over Winchester
Amanda Conway, Tewksbury in 7-4 loss to Andover
5) Looking forward -- Hingham gets home advantage this Saturday after delivering a 3-1 victory over defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic Wednesday at Ed Burns Arena. The matchup is crucial for the Cougars (9-2-1), who are one victory shy of qualifying for the postseason.
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Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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