QUINCY, Mass. -- Jessica Piracini scored two goals and added an assist as No. 6 Arlington Catholic swept the season series against Fontbonne Academy with a dominating 6-2 victory Thursday at Shea Rink.
The Cougars pounced all over the 11th-ranked Ducks with three goals in the first period and used a balanced attack with five different goal scorers to move their record to 9-0-0 in the young season.
“When everyone contributes that’s the best thing,” Cougars head coach Maggie Taverna said. “When everyone is putting pucks in the net, scoring and things, then it’s nice because we like to play all of these kids.”
The hot starts haven’t been indicative of the Cougars season, according to Taverna, but that’s exactly what they did in this one. Adrieana Rossini found Allie Stone out front for the 1-0 lead just 1:20 into the game.
The Cougars made a living in the Ducks zone for what seemed like the entire period and potted two goals in 24 seconds late in the period. Duggan Delano banged in a rebound off the shot of Lauren Orsillo with 2:25 left in the first and Katie Waitt lifted a wrister over the shoulder of Carli Gavin for the final goal of the period.
“We’ve been working on scoring and cycling in the offensive zone,” said Taverna, whose team doubled up the Ducks in shots, 14-7, in the first period. “It’s kind of transitioning into games now.”
CHANGE IN LINES DOES THE TRICK
Taverna thought her team was lacking the balanced punch that is clearly prevalent on the Cougars roster, so she decided to shake up her lines to separate two of her best players.
Stone and Natalie Flynn were split up to the first and second line, and it was easy to see that both players dominated play on their respective lines whenever they entered the game.
“They were playing together and then we pulled them apart,” Taverna said. “I think they both benefited from it even more. Allie is the senior on the line with (younger players) and she really leads that line well. That’s what I told her when we put her in that spot.”
Taverna made the switch after the game against Archbishop Williams where the effort from her team may have been a little lacking for the coaches liking.
“It was almost like some of the kids were watching their other line mates instead of playing with them,” Taverna said. “Changing that around and talking to the kids, and you have to understand their personalities. Some kids play better with other kids and that’s’ what we figured happened.”
FONTBONNE BREAKING IN GOALIE
Bob Huxley knows that there will be games like these against some of the stronger competition for his sophomore goalie, Carli Gavin.
This is the first year that the former figure skater has ever laced up hockey skates, and now she is in the pressure packed situation of leading the Ducks in net.
“She never played hockey in her entire life and she’s never played goalie,” Huxley said. “She had a tough time today, but we are 6-3 right now and she’s made a lot of good saves. She’s working hard and she has a good attitude.”
Gavin made 24 saves on the night.