The seventh-seeded Norwood girls’ hockey team is headed back to the Division 2 quarterfinals after blanking 10th-seed Scituate, 6-0, on Thursday at the Metropolis Skating Rink in Canton.
Coach Tim Coskren said he thinks his team is playing its best hockey behind superb defense and goal-producing offense, including a hat trick from Emily Kelly and an opening goal 11 seconds in.
“It’s a good time for things to start going our way,” he said. “I just think our defense has played a much, much stronger game [lately].”
Kelly netted the Mustangs final three goals after missing the previous game and a half with a bruised shoulder.
Before the hat trick, Kelly assisted on the opening goal of the game. Kacie Smith scored off the opening face-off only 11 seconds into regulation and would later stand as the game winner. With five minutes elapsed in the first period, the Mustangs had a 3-0 lead thanks to follow-up goals by Sam Hayes and Katie O’Brien.
The defensive line kept pucks away from junior goalie Samantha Baturin, but she came through in the clutch when needed, making 12 saves.
“When she had to come up with a big save she did,” Coskren said. “It really pumps our team up when she does that … when she plays well, everyone steps up.”
In the quarterfinal the Mustangs will take on No. 2 seed-Falmouth, who topped them in the last game of the regular season, 2-0.
"We’ll just work on the same thing we’ve been working,” Coskren said. “The name of our game [is] passing the puck. We move the puck really well.”
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