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Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Middlesex League Final: Woburn Scores Early, Late To Down Arlington

A much-anticipated matchup between two of the state’s top teams turned out to be a defensive battle, and when the dust settled, it would be second-seeded Woburn taking home the Middlesex League tournament championship.

Mackenzie Russo

The Tanners, who finished second in the Liberty Division during the regular season got a pair of goals from Mackenzie Russo, one early on, and the second into an empty net, as Woburn blanked top-seeded Arlington, 2-0, at the Stoneham Arena.

The play was evenly-matched throughout, with both teams enjoying time in the offensive zone. But, there weren’t many scoring opportunities for either side, as each team’s defensive crew did a great job.

Woburn’s win denied the Spy Ponders an unbeaten season. They came into the contest 10-0-2 overall having won the Liberty Division regular season title. The Tanners were 7-1-2 in the regular season and won three straight playoff games.

Arlington beat and tied the Tanners in the first two games of the season.

The only goal Woburn would need came just 1:31 into the contest. Russo led a 2-on-1 break and from the left wing side blistered home a wrister past Arlington goalie Elise Rodd.

That goal stood up until the game’s final minute. With Arlington buzzing looking for the equalizer, Russo grabbed a fortuitous bounce of the puck off the boards and scaled a shot from inside her own blue line into the vacated cage to seal matters with just 33 seconds to play.

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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