MIAA Girls Division 2 State Final: Farrell Brings Algonquin Home In Overtime, 2-1

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Algonquin sophomore Mallory Farrell already has a number of big post-season goals to her name in this 2022 MIAA Girls Division 2 season. On Sunday at TD Garden, the sophomore added the biggest.

Carrying the puck coast-to-coast, Farrell cut into the center and slid the puck past Canton goalie Carolyn Durand at 6:12 of the first overtime, giving the T-Hawks a 2-1 win and the school’s first-ever hockey state title.

“Our kids believe in each other, which is critical,” said Algonquin head coach Mike Hodge. “We have total confidence in Lana (Pacific) making the big save. The last few games it has just been one bounce of the puck to decide things.”

Here is Mallory Farrell’s title-clinching goal:

The teams battled pretty evenly throughout the contest. Canton (18-7-0) held a slight edge in shots and had a 1-0 lead into the third period. Algonquin (19-3-2) was able to tie it in the third on a goal from Bryn Domolky, setting the stage for Farrell’s heroics during the 4-on-4 overtime. She was skating from a defensive position when she scored the game-winner.

“We have two different groups for 4-on-4,” Hodges said. “One is the diamond which we have Mallory at the top because of her lethal shot. She scores goals in bunches. She is great. She has the nose for big goals.”

Algonquin captains show who is #1 in MIAA Girls D2 following hard-fought 2-1 OT win over Canton.

“If it had to end against us, I am glad it ended like that, with a strong, power move to the net instead of a trickler,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich. “We have had a lot of puck luck up to this point, but I guess they had a little bit more today.”

For the first 30 minutes this was a defensive battle, with both teams able to clog the shooting lanes and block pucks heading to the net. The only goal scored came 9:58 into the first period, when Bulldogs junior defenseman Maya Battista took a feed from Ellie Bohane just inside the blue line, calmly walked in a picked the near corner with a well-placed wrist shot.

It looked for awhile that goal might be enough for Canton, but at the five-minute mark of the third period, the T-Hawks big line struck.

Algonquin’s Bryn Domolky flip home tying goal on a rebound in third period of MIAA Girls D2 final. T-Hawks went on to win in overtime.

Farrell whirled into the slot and fired a backhander that Durand saved. A charge to the net by Emily Johns kept the puck loose and Bryn Domolky was able to slip it home at the left post to tie the game at 1-1.

The goal seemed to spark the Algonquin offense, as the T-Hawks carried the play for the next several minutes but couldn’t get the puck past Durand.

Early in overtime, Canton went on the power play after the game’s first penalty. Algonquin was able to kill it off, setting up Farrell’s big goal. She collected the puck deep in the T-Hawks defensive zone, went the length of the ice on her off-wing, cut in front and slid the puck far side, cementing Algonquin’s first state title.

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