- Written by Mike Halloran
- Published: 04 January 2011
The Lady Dragons hockey team had a big win last Thursday afternoon at The Bog, as they got head coach Friend Weiler his 100th career win as the only coach in the history of the girlsâ€™ hockey program.
The Lady Dragons broke a 1-1 tie with four straight third-period goals in a 5-1 win over Canton. The victory raises Duxburyâ€™s record to 4-1 as the team prepares to entertain Hingham on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
Duxbury struck early when sophomore forward Lily Connolly gave Duxbury a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the game. The line of Connolly, senior Briana Connolly and sophomore Hannah Murphy is one of the most potent in the league, and they buzzed the Canton net all afternoon, accounting for all five goals in an assortment of combinations. On the first one the trio broke out of their own end, and it eventually developed into a 2 on 1 with Murphy feeding Connolly for the go-ahead goal.
Despite the lopsided score, Canton did have several scoring chances early in the game by junior forward Haley Gaughan, who was thwarted by freshman goalie Rachel Myette twice in the first five minutes.
â€œThis early in the season Rachel has started strong. She has stepped up and shown us she can play. She bailed us out a few times early in the game and as the season progresses she just keeps getting better,â€ said Weiler.
Duxbury was able to control most of the first 15 minutes, and almost took the lead again late in the first period when Briana Connolly controlled a rebound off the backboard and tried to stuff it behind Canton netminder Sarah Healey.
The Lady Dragons remained in control during the second period, with sophomore Katie Fallon and Murphy getting golden scoring chances in the first eight minutes, right before the Bulldogs went on consecutive power plays in the last six minutes.
It looked like the game would go down to the wire when Julia Murphy tied it for Canton just three minutes into the third period. But the Canton score seemed to ignite the Duxbury offense, as Murphy was sent in alone by Connolly at the 11-minute mark and was stuffed by Healey, only to turn the tide on the Canton goalie a minute later when Lily and Briana Connolly did the grunt work behind the net and fed Murphy for the go-ahead goal with 10:19 remaining.
It was all Duxbury from then on, as Lily Connolly (3:58) and Briana Connolly (2:30 and :10.6) potted three more goals to complete the rout.
â€œOne of our strengths is our team depth, so we try to make sure we get everyone out there to play. All of our defensemen have played well too. By stepping up at the blue line they have allowed our offense to do what they need to do. They are really poised back there and they do an excellent job,â€ said Weiler.