MIAA Girls Division 1 Tournament Semifinal: Austin Prep Pulls Away From Acton-Boxboro In Third Period For 5-1 Win

Gary Demopoulos
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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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#5th-seeded Acton-Boxboro hung with top seed and unbeaten Austin Prep for two periods, as this game went into the third period deadlocked at 1-1.

But the Cougars were able to break it open in the third period, scoring four times en route to a 5-1 win over the Colonials and a berth in Sunday’s MIAA Girls Division 1 state final at TD Garden against #2 seed Arlington.

Maeve Carey
Austin Prep

Austin Prep senior defenseman Maeve Carey put the Cougars up 1-0 early in the first period with a blast from the right side. A-B drew even later in the period on a power play when senior Cailey Ryan snapped home a backhander from the slot.

The second period was scoreless. Acton-Boxboro goaltender Max Anderson did thwart Austin Prep’s Kathryn Karo on a penalty shot to keep the game tied.

Karo would get revenge, however, as she scored in the first minute of the third period to give Austin Prep (26-0-0) a 2-1 lead. Carey followed soon after with the crushing blow, a shorthanded goal to make it 3-1.

McKenzie Cerrato fired home a power play goal, and Madison Vittands finished the scoring with a second shorthanded goal to account for the 5-1 final.

Acton-Boxboro finished an impressive season at 18-5-3 overall.

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