LYNN –Senior night proved to be quite the commemorative night for the St. Mary’s girls hockey team Saturday at Connery Rink.
The Spartans honored the team’s seniors and then went out and torched Arlington Catholic, 9-1.
The game started slowly, with Spartan freshman goalie Maddy Delano having seemingly an uneventful first period, with the team keeping the puck behind the Cougars’ defensive line for most of the period.
“We weren’t moving the puck enough,” said St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca.
That was the case until the 4:44 mark when Spartan freshman Marina DiBiasio, with an assist from sophomore Megan Parthum, scored a controversial goal — the only one of the period. Many from the Arlington Catholic side didn’t think the puck had actually crossed the line completely.
The Cougars made a strong attempt to answer back, taking several shots on Delano, but to no avail.
Whatever was keeping St. Mary’s bottled up in the first period got solved in the intermission. The Spartans poured six unanswered six goals past the Cougars to make the score 7-0.
“Our focus and skill came out second period”, said Pagliuca.
The last goal of the period came with 2:15 left in the period when Freshmen Makayla McGrath and Felicia D’Alessandro took on a couple of Arlington Catholic defenders to pass the puck to sophomore Kate Grey by the goal post. she sneaked the puck in to make the game 7-0.
Arlington Catholic tried to rally, peppering Delano, for a solid minute with shots before losing the puck. AC’s Meghan Banks even had a breakaway opportunity, with a trail of Spartans behind her. But senior Natalie Mellen quickly overcame her, stealing the puck back before she was able to fire off the shot.
The Spartans came out strong with another goal with just over two minutes gone in the third period by senior Alexandra Iacoviello, assisted by eighth grader Haley Jackson and fellow senior Rose Callahan making the game 8-0.
This time the Cougars answered, with Ashley Capobianco and Brenna Mulcahy combining for the Cougars’ only goal of the game.
The Cougars poured it on, however, putting 10 shots on Delano, but she was able to fight them off.
With five minutes left to go, Spartans sophomore Jaden Thackston took a breakaway shot with two Arlington defenders on her tail and landed the final goal, making the game 9-1.
“This was one of the best games yet, particularly the first and third periods,” said Cougar coach Kristin McKenzie. “The girls finally listened. All season I’ve been telling them to play one period at a time, to look at it as 15 minute play sets, not a 45 minute game.”
This win makes the Spartans’ record 14-2, with their only losses being to Austin Prep, which is undefeated this season, and which the St. Mary’s plays next.
“Austin Prep is undefeated, they’re a hard team to beat, and if we play like we did in the first period the game won’t go over too well.
“But, we have been practicing hard, we are ready to go,”he said, “and we are confident. As long as the girls stay focused like the second period we should be fine.”