Mass. Girls HS Preliminary Round Highlights: Winchester Surprises Fenwick; Burlington, Norwood Advance in OT

Gary Demopoulos
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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A look at highlights from the first two nights of MIAA Girls tournament preliminary round action. Action continues Wednesday with a host of games.

Division 1

Paige Murphy

Paige Murphy scored a pair of third period goals to lead #19 Reading to a 3-0 win over #14 Wayland/Weston. Solana O’Shea had a first period goal for the Rockets. WarCats goaltender Deven Dacey made 39 saves. Wayland/Weston finished at 10-7-4.

* Grace Landolfi broke a scoreless tie in the third period and Ani Flaherty sealed the deal with an empty net goal in #17 Duxbury’s 2-0 shutout victory over #16 Masconomet. The Chieftains ended their season at 10-7-4.

* Third-seeded Braintree advanced to the first round, getting two goals from senior Allie DeCoste and single tallies by Lila Shea and Stella Shea in a 4-1 win over #30 Westford Academy. The Grey Ghosts finished at 8-9-4.

Division 2

Cassie McDonald

* Cassie McDonald had a hat trick and Krista Anderson scored twice as #16 Medfield/Norton blanked Bishop Stang, 5-0. The Spartans’ season ended at 10-8-3.

Maille Crowley

* #13 Dedham advanced with a 6-1 win over Pembroke. Defenseman Maille Crowley led the attack with two goals and two assists. Kassidy Hickey added two goals as well for the Marauders.

* Shea McDonald‘s overtime goal was the difference in #18 Burlington’s 5-4 win over #15 Cohasset/Hanover. Bella Hacker and Siena Berardinelli each had two goals for the Lady Devils, and Colleen McMakin was solid in goal. Sofia King had a hat trick for Cohasset/Hanover, whose season ended at 9-7-3.

Nikki Micciche

* #14 Norwood also advanced in extra time, as Marissa Cataldo was the hero in the Mustangs’ 2-1 win. After Bailey McDevitt had given Wakefield a 1-0 lead, Allie McDonough tied it for the Mustangs in the second period. Wakefield finished at 8-9-4.

* Jacqui Poulack scored three goals and Colleen Quirk, Emma Tavilla and Caroline Gates had two each in #10 Natick’s big win over #23 Leominster.

* #22 Winchester got two goals apiece from Nikki Micciche and Whitney Krayer and 20 saves from Amy Scali in a 5-2 conquest of #11 Bishop Fenwick. Mary Lou Coakley also scored for the Sachems, while Abbey Millman had both goals for the Crusaders, who finished at 12-6-3.

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