The Falmouth girls’ hockey team is looking to forge a new chapter for the program, setting its sights on two crowning achievements — winning the Southeastern Massachusetts Girls’ Hockey League Coastal championship and the Division 2 state championship.
Duxbury has stopped this dream from coming to fruition year after year, winning eight of nine games since the start of the 2009-10 season.
“We know so many of [the Duxbury girls] and we have a great deal of respect for each other and after the first year at the Garden there was elevated tension,” said Clippers goalie and Globe All-Scholastic Madison Scavotto. “It’s a recipe for a rivalry.”
Added junior forward Kelly Ferreira, “We’ve always come in second [to Duxbury] and that stinks.”
The Clippers trailed, 1-0, with a minute left in the first meeting between the teams this season, it would have appeared that history was about to repeat itself.
Duxbury dominated the first and second periods, peppering Scavotto (1.69 goals-against average) with 28 shots on goal and forcing Clippers coach Erin Hunt to give a much-needed pep talk.
“We got them fired up and we talked about how we needed to turn up the tempo. This was a must-win if we wanted to compete for the league title,” said Hunt, last season’s Globe Coach of the Year.
“They had been leading us to pucks and we needed to get our feet moving. Our strength is speed and if we’re not using it, we’re not as strong,” she said.
The reinvigorated Clippers outshot Duxbury, 17-4, in the third period, but Duxbury goalie and Globe All-Scholastic Rachel Myette (0.55 GAA) was up to the task. The three-time SEMGHL All-Star led the state in goaltending last season for the third straight year with a 0.75 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. Hunt then made the call to pull her goalie.
“It was up to my teammates to pull through and I was so happy they fought,” said Scavotto, a SEMGHL All-Star.
“We were waiting for one to go in. We knew we’d have to work hard for it but we were able,” she said.
With 44.8 seconds on the clock, Ferreira (11 goals, 16 assists) kept the Clippers’ hopes of a league title alive with a goal, giving the Clippers a 1-1 tie at the Bog in Kingston Saturday.
“Once they scored we were nervous, but we outplayed them in the third and we deserved that goal. We’re determined to win the league,” said Ferreira.
“We always battle a close-scoring game. We knew their plan was to work on their D-zone and a great forecheck. We thought we’d be spending some time down there but as far as being motivated, not much needs to be said,” said Hunt.
The Clippers, who qualified for the postseason with a 7-2 win over Sandwich Feb. 1, were the last team to take a regular season game from Duxbury, 1-0, on Jan. 5, 2013 at The Bog.
“We’re in a good spot right now. We’ve played some tough games and one loss is great but win or lose were playing good teams and I make sure they’re playing how I know they can,” said Hunt.
The Clippers have two losses this season: a 5-0 setback against Arlington Catholic in the opener and a 4-2 loss to Barnstable Sunday that severely hampers the Clippers’ chances of winning the league. Falmouth, however, is still a favorite in the hunt for the Division 2 state.
“The loss was against a great team. We have adjusted our lines a little and switched around the power play but I was not disappointed. What we want is playing at 100 percent at the end of the season,” said Hunt.
The Clippers stand at 4-1-3 in league, 9-2-3 overall and have league matchups against Hingham and Duxbury. Fittingly, Duxbury (6-0-2, 11-0-4) will be the last SEMGHL team to challenge the Clippers with a scheduled league matchup on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Falmouth Ice Arena. The Dragons also has league matchup against Canton on Wednesday.
With Duxbury’s transfer to Division 1, the two squads will not meet again for a state championship, unlike the past two years.
“It’s going to be battle, game by game, either way whether we’re in the same division or not,” said Hunt.
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The Shriners Hockey Classic games will be played Saturday, March 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Here are the rosters for the girls’ game:
|NORTH GIRLS||SOUTH GIRLS|
|Leah Cardarelli, Acton-Boxboro||Katie Belval, Needham|
|Ryley Costello, Reading||Bridget Dilworth, Notre Dame (Hingham)|
|Ashley Dallaire, Archbishop Williams||Kim Egizi, Westwood|
|Courtney Davis, Woburn||Marrisa Fichter, Duxbury|
|Duggan Delano, Arlington Catholic||Sarah Goss, Wellesley|
|Maryanna DiRupo, Austin Prep||Madison Haberl, Falmouth|
|Amanda Donahue, St. Mary’s||Kylie Hallam, Barnstable|
|Tatiana Doucette, St. Mary’s||Ela Hazar, Westwood|
|Meredith Gallagher, Arlington||Maggie Layo, Sandwich|
|Ally Hamel, Duxbury||Cat Linehan, Hingham|
|Sarah Hart, Reading||Shannon McIsaac, Fontbonne|
|Danielle Kelley, Arlington Catholic||Cassie McKinnon, Framingham|
|Bridget Kelly, Arlington||Tori Messina, Hingham|
|Brittani Lanzilli, Medford||Alex Mitchell, Franklin|
|Meghan Lawler, Ursuline||Jane Morrisette, Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke|
|Emily Lissner, Woburn||Rachel Myette, Duxbury|
|Caitlin McBride, Beverly||Jessie O’Loughlin, Medfield|
|Annie Messuri, Acton-Boxboro||Haley Payne, Braintree|
|Ashley Moran, Woburn||Morgan Richard, Barnstable|
|Maddy Ricci, Austin Prep||Alexa Scribner, Falmouth|
|Cat Salvetti, Winthrop/Lynn||Madison Scavotto, Falmouth|
|Lauren Skinnion, St. Mary’s|
|Kathryn Walker, Westford Academy|
|Nicole Woods, Beverly|