MIAA Girls Division 2 Tournament – Semifinals: Canton Gets Past Natick; Another Thrilling Win For Algonquin

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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The championship matchup in MIAA Girls Division 2 hockey is set, with ninth-seeded Canton taking on 10th-seeded Algonquin. Both had one-goal wins on Monday.

– Algonquin had its second straight dramatic win in overtime. This time, the T-Hawks trailed Medfield/North as the game entered the later stages of the third period. But, sophomore Mallory Farrell scored her second goal of the night, and the fifth consecutive Algonquin goal in the post-season, to even the score at 2-2 and send this game to OT.

And in the extra session, another sophomore Emily Johns, stickhandled past a Medfield defenseman coming down the right wing side, moved in and flipped a shot past Warriors goalie Katelyn Cardoso to send the T-Hawks to their first-ever state championship game.

Algonquin defenseman Lauren O’Malley skates past a Medfield defender in this MIAA Division 2 semifinal contest. The T-Hawks prevailed 3-2 in overtime.

Farrell’s first of the night gave Alonquin a 1-0 lead, finishing off some nifty stickhandling by converting a backhander. The game stayed tied until late in the second period when Medfield freshman Lily Shaughnessy fired home a wrister from the top of the circle.

Kat Flippo scored early in the third to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead, but Farrell was able to tie the game with 3:58 left.

Natick’s Emma Tavilla looks for puck under the watchful eye of Canton netminder Carolyn Durand during Bulldogs’ 2-1 semifinal win. (Photo by @BEACHSKATES)

– Ninth-seeded Canton returns to a familiar place when it will play for the Division 2 state championship after the Bulldogs continued their impressive post-season run with a 2-1 win over #4 Natick.

Sophomore Anna Lehan scored the tie-braking goal in the second period for Canton and the Bulldogs held the potent Natick attack scoreless the rest of the way to earn the trip to Causeway Street.

Canton forged ahead 1-0 with the only goal of the first period. It came off the stick of senior Audrey Koen.

The Redhawks were right in the game and tied it 1-1 early in the second period on a goal by leading scorer Colleen Quirk.

“The key to the game was Carolyn Durand with 23 saves and our team’s willingness to jump in front of shots in the last minute of play,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich.

** Featured photo courtesy of @BEACHSKATES

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