Marissa Fichter's first-period goal Saturday night against visiting Hingham was a huge lift for the Duxbury girl's hockey team.
“We started out flat in our first game against Barnstable and Marissa’s goal to end the first period really gave us confidence tonight moving forward,” said Duxbury coach Friend Weiler.
Fitcher scored with three seconds left in the first period, and Ally Hammel made it 2-0 when she scored with 5:41 remaining in the second period. Hammel’s goal gave a real jolt to the Duxbury offense, which heavily outshot Hingham, 34-15. Meredith Wright added a third Duxbury goal on a power play only 1:37 into the third period and Kaley Rudicus made it 4-0 about four minutes later.
Duxbury (2-0) allowed a late goal in the third period to Felicia Patuto. Star goalie Rachel Myette had 14 saves to shut down Hingham. Myette has led the state in goaltending the past three seasons and has a 1.00 goals-against average through her first two games.
When asked about his team’s transition into Division 1 this year, coach Weiler said, “Every night is a battle. We are still playing a lot of star Division 2 teams and need to approach this season one game at a time. “
Tonight’s lopsided win over Hingham (1-1), the 2011 Division 1 state champion, should give them confidence going forward. Coach Weiler feels like his three-time Division 2 state champion squad should be able to continue this success in Division 1.
“The Division 1 competition is definitely bigger and stronger, but if we keep our feet moving and stay focused we have the talent to be in every game,” said coach Weiler.
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