Attention girls' hockey fans, with such a great turnout in our poll last week, I'd like to hear more about what you think. This is why we will be allowing fans to choose one team to be added to the upcoming Top 20. Keep an eye out for tomorrow's poll and make sure to vote. The poll will close Sunday at noon.
Check out our current Top 20 rankings.
Here are some interesting tidbits on the high school girls' hockey scene:
1) Defensive player of the week -- It's a rare sight to see Woburn as the underdog and if it wasn't for Courtney Davis, the Tanners (12-0-2) could have seen their first loss this season. The junior netminder posted 29 saves against Lexington Wednesday in a 3-3 tie keeping the Minutemen scoreless until the two-minute mark in the second period. The tie snapped a four-game shutout streak for Davis, who posts a 0.92 goals against average. Lexington trio Sara Lehman, Danielle Marten and Carolyn Avery were able to break past Davis late in the game.
2) Offensive player of the week -- Second-ranked Falmouth's run was blemished Saturday after Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke junior Jane Morrisette scored the game-tying goal, 2-2, with 6:00 remaining. Morrisette (20 goals, nine assists) also clinched her 100th career point on an assist and leads the squad with 21 goals and nine assists. The Clippers were previously on a perfect 11-game win streak and with the tie Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke is currently 6-8-1.
3) Team to watch -- Sandwich has a strong lineup ahead as the squad hosts Hingham, Falmouth and Duxbury at the Gallo Ice Arena in the next three matchups. The Blue Knights (9-4-1) are on a strong stretch with a five-game win streak since the team's 8-2 loss to Duxbury Jan. 12. Junior Maggie Layo currently leads the team with nine goals and 31 assists, enough to lead the state with 40 points. Right behind her is fellow junior Claire Gauthier with 17 goals and 21 assists. With a 6-0 loss to Falmouth Jan. 9, the Blue Knights will have revenge on their mind.
4) Biggest update from this week -- The Duxbury girls demonstrated exactly why they're a threat in Division 2 after their 4-1 victory over second-ranked and previously unbeaten Falmouth Wednesday. The Green Dragons (13-1-1) had a lot to prove as they skated on Falmouth's ice -- they had to defend their Division 2 state title and they had to avenge a 1-0 shutout by Falmouth Jan. 5, stopping their 34-game unbeaten streak. Green Dragons captain Hannah Murphy (two goals), Marissa Fichter and Zoe Griffin broke past Falmouth goalie Madison Scavotto, who stopped 30 shots. Falmouth's Olivia Hough scored the squad's lone goal, her first of the season while Madison Haberl and Maggie MacDonald have been out with injuries.
5) Looking forward -- Winchester has a knockout lineup for the end of the season with a schedule consisting of Woburn, Lexington and St. Mary's ... definitely a great test before the tournament. Although the squad is at 9-6, they've posted big numbers, scoring 37 goals in their last seven games. Captains Marisa Gehrig and Katherine Zavez lead the team's scoring with 16 points apiece.
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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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