- Written by Dave Palana
- Published: 29 January 2014
For most teams, a shutout victory and a tie would not be a down week, but for the Duxbury girls’ hockey team, it is a sign that there is still work to be done.
The Dragons survived one of their toughest opponents thus far this season with a 1-1 tie against the Westwood Wildcats on Jan. 20 and then beat Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke team 2-0 at The Bog on Saturday in a stretch where scoring is suddenly coming at a premium for the Dragons.
“We’re finding our way still,” head coach Friend Weiler said. “The urgency has got to be there a little sooner. We did a good job controlling [the game] but there were a couple of missed opportunities where the girls were a little on the passive side so we’ve got to work on getting the energy up earlier on. I thought Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke worked hard and did a good job, but we weren’t hitting our spots.”
Neither Duxbury nor WHP could get on the board in the first period on Saturday though both had their chances. Jane Dudley and WHP captain Jane Morrisette each missed on breakaway bids in the their period, but Dudley found the net early in the second to put the Dragons in front.
Captain Jacqui Nolan fed a pass from behind the net to Dudley who whirled and fired a hard, low shot past goalie Jess Govoni at 34 seconds in the period.
The Dragons had nine more shots in the period turned away by Govoni while captain Rachel Myette stopped another WHP breakaway on the other end of the ice when she denied freshman Hannah Tracy with WHP on a power play.
Myette’s personal scoreless streak came to an end in the first period against Westwood on Monday when she let in her first goal since Dec. 23. But Weiler said Myette responded by shutting down the Wildcats the rest of the way and continuing to come up big against WHP.
“Rachel is just a safeguard back there,” he said. “The best thing about Rachel is that she’ll make all the saves she needs to make and then she’ll make the huge ones that change momentum and protect our leads.”
WHP’s best chance to even the game came in the third period when both Nolan and fellow captain Ally Hammel were sent to the penalty box, giving WHP a five-on-three advantage for 46 seconds. However Marissa Fichter, Kathleen Rudicus and Heidi Stuass held WHP to one weak shot from the right faceoff circle to kill off the double penalty.
“I thought having the five-on-three actually woke us up a little bit,” Weiler said. “When you have a one-goal lead, to kill that off turned the tide and was the wake-up call that we needed.”
Fichter then put the game away when she finished the rebound of Dudley’s shot with 1:01 left in the came. The Duxbury junior was all over ice for the Dragons in the game, and Weiler said it was fitting that she put the final nail in the coffin for WHP.
“That kid is just tireless, he said. “She works hard in all three zones. She’s really stepped up her game to be a complete player and it’s good to have her on your team because I certainly wouldn’t want to coach against her.”
The Dragons will try to find their touch offensively against a Sandwich team they scored eight goals against in their first meeting this season. After their trip to the Cape, Duxbury will return to The Bog to host Notre Dame Academy before a trip to the North Shore to face Winthrop/Lynn.