FALMOUTH, Mass. –What Duxbury girls’ hockey has accomplished during the past two-plus seasons is quite remarkable. The Dragons’ seniors have two state championships under their belt, both with wins over Falmouth and are in the hunt for their third.
But No. 5 Falmouth has an achievement of their own that they can boast. The Clippers kept the Dragons from an undefeated year last season, and they ruined another undefeated run on Sunday night with a 4-2 win over top-ranked Duxbury.
With a playoff feel in the air and a packed house at Falmouth Ice Arena, the Clippers came out with offensively sound game plan and looked like a completely different team than they did last week when these two teams battled to a 1-1 draw.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Falmouth coach Erin Hunt said. “Huge for us too because we played three solid periods and that’s something we were working on going into the states.”
Uncharacteristic of a Duxbury team, the Clippers got three breakaways in the first two periods but Rachel Myette was there to stop every Falmouth shot. The Clippers got 13 shots on net though nearly two complete periods, but it was the 14th that changed the course of the game.
With 0.4 seconds showing on the clock, the puck fell into Alexa Scribner’s lap. A quick shot glanced off Myette and into the net for a huge boost of confidence for the Clippers are they skated off to their locker room.
“I didn’t really know the time on the period but Kelly [Ferreira] tried the toe drag and someone stuck their stick out an it came right to me.,” Scribner said of he play. “I didn’t even look at the net I just shot it.“
That momentum transitioned into the third period as just 1:14 into the period, Ferreira took a puck into her offensive zone. She shot the puck through the legs of Jacqui Nolan and one hopped over Myette right pad and into the net.
“Yeah, that was the plan,” Ferreira joked after the game. “I don’t think the goalie saw it. I was just trying to get it on net because I didn’t have a play to take it out wide.”
Falmouth was ready to blow the doors off when 1:06 after Ferreira’s goal, Madison Haberl got loose on a breakaway. Myette stoned Haberl, but the puck found its way to Maggie MacDonald who buried it from the slot and put the Clippers ahead, 3-0.
Anyone who though the Dragons would go away quietly, however, were quite mistaken as Falmouth would need all three of those goals.
Nolan stole a puck in the offensive zone and fired off a wrister that beat Madison Scavotto at the 6:15 mark. The goal broke a nine period scoreless streak posted by Scavotto.
Two-and-a-half minutes later, Duxbury put Falmouth on the defensive when Marissa Fichter flew up the right wing and slipped a puck inside the near post to cut the deficit to one.
The Dragons launched everything they had at Scavotto and went on the power play with 2:19 left, but Scavotto and her nine third period saves kept the lead alive.
“It was a battle, we’ve been able to come out on top for the last couple but tonight we started just a little too late,” Duxbury coach Friend Weiler said. “Every time we play, it’s always that great atmosphere, high energy and the girls working hard. Not a lot of love lost between the teams but hey, that makes it more fun.”
No rematch this year: Players on both tams and those in attendance Sunday night would love to see these two teams square off again in the tournament. But that won’t happen this year since Duxbury moved up to Div. 1 this offseason.
Both times the two teams have met this season, it has gone down to the wire. Last Saturday, Ferreira scored with 45 seconds left to tie the game at one, and on Sunday, both teams pulled out all the stops in a wild third period.
“Even though Barnstable is our rival, I think Duxbury is a bigger rival,” said Scribner.