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|Lady Dragons ready for postseason play|
|Written by Mike Halloran|
|Monday, 21 February 2011 17:47|
The girlsâ€™ hockey team extended its winning streak to 15 games with an 8-0 thumping of Marshfield on Saturday afternoon at The Bog. It was a good tune-up for the Lady Dragons, as they prepared to take on Hingham on Tuesday morning in Rockland in a battle of Eastern Mass. powers.|
It was Senior Day for Coach Friend Weilerâ€™s team, as seniors Briana Connolly, Keri Gould, Olivia McCarthy, and Kayla Errasti were honored, along with their mothers, who came down to ice level to receiveÂ bouquets of roses.
The dayâ€™s festivities seemed to affect the Lady Dragons at the start, as an energized Marshfield squad held its own in the first period, but couldnâ€™t take advantage of a two-on-one break in the first six minutes that was stopped by Duxbury goaltender Rachel Myette.
â€œYou always worry about Senior Day because it is an emotional roller coaster,â€ said Weiler. â€œThey came out a little standoffish, but they became energized and got back on track in the second period.â€
While the Lady Dragons dominated play in the early going, they were repeatedly stopped by Ram netminder Vicky Langrill, who kept the game scoreless until the 7:08 mark when Briana Connolly took a pass out from behind the net from Hannah Murphy and beat Langrill for a 1-0 lead.
Both teams would squander power-play opportunities late in the first period, but a big save by Myette with 1:25 left in the period kept Duxbury on top as the period ended.
Duxbury had a golden opportunity in the first minute of the second period when Colleen Leddie went in alone on Langrill, but was denied while the Duxbury pressure continued.
Midway through the second period the cover came off the Duxbury offense, as freshman defender Caroline Shaunessy whistled a wrist shot from the left point that found the far corner for a more comfortable 2-0 lead with 8:07 remaining in the period. Zoe Griffin and Liz Collins were given assists.
It took just eight more seconds for Duxbury to take total control, as Collins took the faceoff and barreled right through the Marshfield defense to beat Langrill and make it 3-0.
It was all Duxbury from here on, as Lily Connolly broke down the left side and into the offensive zone, coming across the net and firing a shot off the right post to make it 4-0 with 6:13 to go in the middle period.
By the time the period ended, the Lady Dragons had a commanding 5-0 lead, as MurphyÂ skated deep into the zone and fired a shot up and under the cross bar with an assist going to junior defender Martha Findley.
Connolly and Murphy would score again in the first half of the third period, but the biggest score of the final 15 minutes came off the stick of junior defenseman Cory Connolly, who returned to action this week after a foot injury disabled her for the regular season.
Her tally at the 3:45 mark was assisted by her sister, Briana, and ended the scoring at 8-0.
â€œA lot of things could have made this a trap game, but they righted the ship in the second and third periods and got things turned around,â€ said Weiler.
A win over Hingham will put the Lady Dragons in the final of the Cougar Classic on Thursday against the winner of Sandwich/Bay View (RI).
â€œOur game with Hingham may not mean a lot in the standings, but itâ€™s between two teams headed in the same direction and itâ€™s a good tune-up for both teams going into the playoffs,â€ said the Duxbury coach.ï»¿