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 GIRLSSOUTH GIRLSLeah Cardarelli, Acton-BoxboroKatie Belval, NeedhamRyley Costello, ReadingBridget Dilworth, Notre Dame (Hingham)Ashley Dallaire, Archbishop WilliamsKim Egizi, WestwoodCourtney Davis, WoburnMarrisa Fichter, DuxburyDuggan Delano, Arlington CatholicSarah Goss, WellesleyMaryanna DiRupo, Austin PrepMadison Haberl, FalmouthAmanda Donahue, St. Mary’sKylie Hallam, BarnstableTatiana Doucette, St. Mary’sEla Hazar, WestwoodMeredith Gallagher, ArlingtonMaggie Layo, SandwichAlly Hamel, DuxburyCat Linehan, HinghamSarah Hart, Reading Shannon McIsaac, FontbonneDanielle Kelley, Arlington CatholicCassie McKinnon, FraminghamBridget Kelly, ArlingtonTori Messina, HinghamBrittani Lanzilli, MedfordAlex Mitchell, FranklinMeghan Lawler, UrsulineJane Morrisette, Whitman-Hanson/PembrokeEmily Lissner, WoburnRachel Myette, DuxburyCaitlin McBride, BeverlyJessie O’Loughlin, MedfieldAnnie Messuri, Acton-BoxboroHaley Payne, BraintreeAshley Moran, WoburnMorgan Richard, BarnstableMaddy Ricci, Austin PrepAlexa Scribner, FalmouthCat Salvetti, Winthrop/LynnMadison Scavotto, FalmouthLauren Skinnion, St. Mary’sKathryn Walker, Westford AcademyNicole Woods, Beverly
Games of the week
No. 7 Beverly/Danvers at No. 14 Winthrop/Lynn English, Monday, 6. — A young Winthrop/Lynn English co-op edged Beverly/Danvers, 1-0, on Jan. 29 at their home rink. Beverly/Danvers will need to tighten up its goaltending to win. Beverly/Danvers is led by Julia Nearis (35 goals, 22 assists), Kristen McCarthy (16 goals, 31 assists), and Nicole Woods (16 goals, 32 assists).
No. 8 Acton-Boxboro at No. 6 Andover, Wednesday, 7:30 — The Colonials (13-2) outdid Andover Jan. 4 at home with a goal and an assist from senior defenseman Melissa Macrides. The Colonials’ offense is led by Leah Cardarelli, who recently entered the 100-point club.
No 2 Reading at No. 11 Woburn, Saturday, 6 — The Rockets (11-0, 12-1-2) are on their way to winning the Middlesex League championship for the first time since the 2006-2007 season, according to Rockets coach Michael Golden. Junior forward Rachel Thompson and sophomore defenseman Caroline Seibold each recorded two assists to power the Rockets over Woburn, 3-0, Jan. 15.
No. 17 Winchester at No. 13 St. Mary’s, Sat. 8:30 — The Spartans will be looking for a win on senior night. The squad is coming off a 3-0 loss to Woburn Feb. 3.
No. 1 Duxbury at No. 5 Falmouth, Sun., 7 — These two SEMGHL contenders met for the first time this season Feb. 8, when Falmouth earned a 1-1 tie in the final 45 seconds.
Nobles vs. St. Paul’s, Saturday, 3:15 — Nobles (21-1) will have a chance at putting a dent in St. Paul’s 19-0-1 unbeaten streak. Nobles only loss this came Friday at home to BB&N.