| Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:29
The Duxbury girls’ hockey team will play the game of a lifetime on New Year’s Eve, as they will play long-time rival Hingham as part of Fenway Park’s Frozen Fenway tournament.
Athletic Director Thom Holdgate said the odds were in Duxbury’s favor this year, as organizers at Frozen Fenway usually look to Boston schools and public schools to participate in the 17-day event, which features an ice rink inside the park and welcomes public school, private schools and college hockey games.
Holdgate was contacted in June about the possibility of having the girls’ team participate in the event. In September, he got a call telling him the team was officially on the schedule to play against Hingham. To top it all off, it would cost the school nothing. The event usually features three MIAA games, two for boys and one for girls. With Duxbury’s impressive record and the intense rivalry with Hingham, the teams secured the only girls spot.
Holdgate will have 500 tickets to sell before the game at a discounted rate of $5. At the door, tickets are $10 and will grant the holder access to both of the boys’ games as well.
"We have seniors who have played in three state championships and now they have a chance to play at Fenway Park," Holdgate said. "They are going to graduate with experiences others never get the chance to have."
For Captains Zoe Griffin, Jackie Nolan, Rachel Myette, Liz Collins and Ally Hamel, playing hockey at Fenway Park will be the highlight of an exciting four-year experience on the team. In 2011, the lady dragons set the stage for their “three-peat” with a 2-1 win over Fontbonne and in 2012 they beat the Falmouth Clip- pers 3-1. In last year’s MIAA Division 2 state girls hockey championships, both Myette and Collins played key roles in securing the teams’ third straight state championship. In the past three years, the Drag- ons went 65-4-3 overall.