The Eagles honored seniors Katie Saunders, Jessica Doherty and Rachel Day before the game, and ended these girls’ regular season hockey careers with a solid victory.
“[I’m] really happy with our performance tonight,” said head coach Deneen Stebenne. “We were able to play a lot of players who don’t usually get that much ice time; [Lincoln/Cumberland] gave us a battle, so it’s nice to have that kind of depth heading into the playoffs.”
After a scoreless first 10 minutes, the Eagles struck when sophomore Allison Kelsey fired the puck past Lions goaltender Ashley Devolve with 4:05 left to play in the first period. Sophomore Danielle Makucevich assisted on the goal.
The Eagles started the second period with a bang, as sophomore Meghan Miller gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead just 31 seconds into the period. Kelsey and Makucevich assisted on the goal.
The Lions turned up their game in the second period, unleashing a hail of shots on Eagles’ goaltender Sophie Faxon, but the junior netminder turned away every one as the second horn sounded to end the period.
The Eagles had to get on the penalty kill soon after the third period began, as Saunders went to the box 36 seconds into the period. The Eagles successfully killed the minor penalty, and added to their lead with a Makucevich goal 6:04 into the period. Miller and Saunders assisted on the goal.
The Eagles went up 4-0 when junior Julia Harrigan lit the lamp with 3:31 to go in the game; junior Julia Flaherty had the assist.
Faxon proved to be outstanding in net for the Eagles; her only blemish coming when the Lions’ Cassidy Simanski beat her with 2:27 to go in the game. Cassidy DiPaola and Lauren Hervieux assisted on the goal, but it would prove to be too little too late, as the win was already in hand for the Eagles.
The defending state champion Eagles ended their regular season with a record of 14-4-1, capturing first place in the division. Their first playoff game will be this Friday, March 1, against Cranston, with the host rink to be determined.
“We have to work on our scoring [in practice],” said Stebenne. “We’re playing Cranston in the [first round of the] playoffs; they have a stone wall goalie, so we’re going to spend the next two days working on our offense.”