KINGSTON, Mass. – As the days of January click away and will soon give way to February, Duxbury head coach Friend Weiler knows there will be more nights like these. Entering Monday’s action against No. 5 Beverly/Danvers, the top-ranked Dragons, winners of three straight Division 2 girls’ hockey state titles, are going to get their opponents best every time out.
But, at times, the Dragons have been late to answer the call, as they did Monday. Duxbury trailed 2-0 entering the third period against the Panthers. Still, the Dragons have been through it all before and they managed to salvage a point in a 2-2 tie.
“The urgency has to come earlier and, as I told the girls, that’s playoff hockey,” Weiler said. “The team that’s willing to play the physical game and earn their goal in front of the net will come out on top.”
Duxbury (8-0-3) was unable to crack goaltender Madison Jalbert more than two-thirds into the game. The eight-grade backstop finished with 28 saves.
However, the Dragons finished with a flourish, scoring twice within the span of about a minute to maintain their unbeaten streak.
Jane Dudley scored with 4:56 to play before Marissa Fichter notched the equalizer a minute and 23 seconds later.
Duxbury outshot the Panthers, 19-2, during the last two periods.
“We knew they were going to bring pressure down the wall and their forecheck was real aggressive at that point, being down two goals,” Panthers head coach Brian Seabury said.
Beverly/Danvers (10-1-1) claimed a 2-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play on goals from defenseman Caitlin McBride and forward Kristen McCarthy.