Marblehead girls’ hockey punches its ticket to playoffs

SALEM – Marblehead High girls? hockey coach Emily Hudak-Reis was scheduled to have her first child last Friday. The baby didn?t arrive, but her team delivered a state tournament spot with a 7-1 win over Matignon Saturday night at Salem State University.
Marblehead (9-8-4) nabbed the No. 19 seed and will take on No. 15 Lincoln-Sudbury (11-7-2) Wednesday (8) at Valley Sports Arenas in Concord.
Hudak-Reis said everyone is thrilled to be in the playoffs, getting in on the final day of the regular season.
?We?re very, very happy we made it, we finished by winning three of our last four games, Lincoln-Sudbury has a similar record to us, we?re all just very happy to get in,” Hudak-Reis said.
Eighth grader Brooke Keough made sure her team, comprised of skaters from Marblehead, Swampscott and Manchester-Essex, would be moving on, scoring four times against the Warriors, and adding an assist.
Keough was named to the league All-Conference team, and was honored along with league MVP Caitlin McBride from Beverly, McKinley Karpa and Kristen McCarthy, also from Beverly, Kasey Harris and Caroline McKinnon from Lynn-Winthrop, and goalie Lauren Hennessey from Peabody before the start of the boys? NEC All-Star game Saturday evening, also at Salem State.
?So many good players, so exciting to be picked along with those other great players,” Keough said after the game. “I was glad I could help the team, now we just have to get to practice and work as hard as we can and get ready for the tournament, it?s a great feeling to be in after we missed it last year.”
Matignon?s interim coach, Tim Alberts, said he has a lot of respect for Marblehead, after his team lost to the Magicians three times this winter.
?Marblehead has a great program, we played them last year, this year, it?s a good matchup every time we play, congratulations to them for making the playoffs,” Alberts said.
Marblehead led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Swampscott?s Codi Butt with 4:33 left in the period. Keough got a natural hat trick in the second, and the Headers were up 4-0 after two. Rose Sullivan made it 4-1 for Matignon just 30 seconds into the third period, but goalie Aly Hopkins kicked everything out for the rest of the game.
Keough scored her fourth goal at 13:17 of the third period, sandwiched between a goal by Hadley Woodfin, and Swampscott?s Caroline Kinne?s first varsity goal with just four seconds left in the game.
Hudak said she told her team that the sky?s the limit now that they?ve gotten a spot in the playoffs.?I just told them that magic can happen, anything can happen, now that you guys are in the tournament,” Hudak-Reis said. “If we play well, we keep playing, only three girls are left from the last time we made it, so I told them you can go as far as you?re willing to work to go to now.”

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