The Reading Rockets gave Woburn a run for its money Wednesday night in girls’ hockey, but the visiting Tanners outlasted their Middlesex rival en route to the league title. Woburn won, 4-3, at the Burbank Ice Arena, after weathering an offensive storm from the Rockets in the third period.
The Tanners’ Ashley Moran scored the winning goal with 45 seconds left and sent her team home as league champion.
The Tanners entered the last period with a 2-0 lead after first-period goals from senior co-captain Kayla Smith.
“The first goal was huge, just a great play and a great shot. The second goal was just a great overall group effort,” said Woburn coach Bob MacCurtain.
Three minutes into the third period the Rockets started to show they were not going to hand the Middlesex title over easily when Ali O’Leary scored Reading’s first goal.
Woburn answered on its next offensive possession. Senior Stephanie Gangi took the puck from the Tanners’ blue line, past center ice and through both Rocket defenders and shot it into the Reading net.
Reading’s Stephanie Cohen fired back, maneuvering the puck around Woburn goalie Courtney Davis before the two collided and the puck traveled into the empty net to make the score 3-2, with just under seven minutes left.
Reading went on offense, pulled its goalie and Caroline Seibold buried the puck into the Woburn net for the tying goal with 1:19 to play.
“We’ve stressed discipline this season, we didn’t sit back. Reading is an excellent team and they don’t quit,” MacCurtain said.
Beverly/Danvers 1, Masconomet 1 — Nicole Woods’s tying goal with 1:50 left clinched the Northeast Conference title for No. 14 Beverly/Danvers (14-0-2).
Canton 2, Medfield 0 — Meaghan McKenna scored both goals for the Bulldogs (15-2-1).
Norwell 4, Martha’s Vineyard 0 — Tori Dinger had two goals and an assist for the Clippers (9-3-4).
Nobles 10, Phillips Andover 2 — Tess Dupre and Becca Gilmore each scored twice for the Bulldogs (20-1).
Dennis-Yarmouth 4, Nantucket 1 — Adam McClay scored a pair of goals for the Dolphins (8-11).
Duxbury 4, North Quincy 0 — The 13th-ranked Dragons (14-1-4) got tallies from Bobby O'Brien, Matt Murphy, Matt Saia, and Luke Stevens.
BC High 47, Wachusett 45— Tyler Dion’s 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left rimmed out, as the visiting Eagles (16-3) held for the win over the second-ranked Mountaineers (15-4). BC High’s Jameilen Jones had 20 points.
Everett 90, Methuen 55 — Gary Clark led the Crimson Tide (10-5) with 23 points.
Latin Academy 53, South Boston 45 — The Dragons (8-7) were led by Edwin Porro (17 points) and Rayshawn Miller (16 points).
Fenway 55, Snowden 24 — Tajanay Veiga had an impressive game for the Panthers (13-3) with 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists.