St. Mary’s wins in shootout
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NORTH BILLERICA — Fifty-seven minutes of hockey was not enough to decide a winner when undefeated Woburn and St. Mary’s of Lynn met Sunday in a Division 1 state semifinal at the Chelmsford Forum.
St. Mary’s eighth-grader Ashley Wojewodzic scored in the 10th round of the shootout to put St. Mary’s ahead and junior goaltender Lauren Skinnion deflected the final Woburn shot into the post, sending St. Mary’s to TD Garden with a 4-3 win. Wojewodzic’s goal was the only score for either side in the shootout.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” said Wojewodzic after not skating a shift the entire game. “I heard him [coach Frank Pagliuca] call my name and he just looked at me and told me to go and I was really nervous. As I was getting off to shoot Amanda Donahoe told me, ‘Just do it for us.’ ”
St. Mary’s (18-3-4) will face off against defending champion Arlington Catholic in the state final for the second straight year on Sunday.
After St. Mary’s had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by freshman Vanessa Vanbuskirk and senior Gabby Crugnale, Woburn’s Kayla Smith made a nice move late in the second to cut the lead in half.
That score held until late in the third period when, with 1:31 remaining, Smith found a rebound of Ashley Moran’s shot and knocked it in to tie the score.
Just 18 seconds later, though, St. Mary’s regained the lead on a goal by senior forward Alison Butler, who put back a rebound. Then, with 33.5 left, Woburn’s Emily Lissner tied the game to send it into overtime, during which neither team could score for the 12-minute period.
Woburn (19-1-3) lost defenseman Morgan Bishop to a concussion when she went hard into the boards after a check just 2:36 into the game. Bishop stayed down on the ice for several minutes before eventually going off on her own and heading to the dressing room. She did not return.
Arlington Catholic 3, Westford 2 — Adrienna Rossini scored her second goal 2:56 into overtime to lift the defending state champion Cougars (17-4-2) past the Grey Ghosts.
Freshman Mickey McLaughlin and Rossini scored first-period goals to put Arlington Catholic ahead, but Westford (17-4-2) rallied in the third period.
Junior Bretta Beer cut the deficit in half just 49 seconds in, a hard wrister that sneaked inside the far post, with the assists going to sophomore Sarah Lizotte and senior Ali Defonzo.
With three minutes left, Kathryn Walker was awarded a penalty shot after getting tripped on a shorthanded breakaway. Walker rocketed a shot in to tie the score at 2.
It was the second year in a row that Rossini has won the semifinal game in overtime for Arlington Catholic.
“We tried to hit it past their center and the wing so I could cut around her and use my speed to get past them and it ended up working out,” said Rossini.