Eagles pass tough test in first game of girls' hockey state finals
The Barrington-Portsmouth girls hockey co-op is one win away from the Rhode Island Division II State Championship after beating Lincoln-Cumberland 6-5 in double overtime at the Meehan Auditorium at Brown University on Wednesday night.
The Eagles needed an extra 10 minutes to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series. A win tonight would secure Barrington their second consecutive state championship.
Barrington got the scoring started in the first period, as freshman Stephanie Galbraith beat Lions’ goaltender Ashley Devolve to put the Eagles up 1-0. Sophomore Leah Holder assisted on the goal.
A roughing penalty to sophomore Kelly Kraunelis later in the period opened the doors for Lincoln, and the Lions tied the game 27 seconds into their power play.
However, a goal 49 seconds later by sophomore Danielle Makucevich put the Eagles back up 1. Holder grabbed her second assist on the night, along with freshman Allison Kelsey.
The second period saw Barrington go up 3-1 on a sophomore Meghan Miller goal, assisted by senior Katie Saunders 3:10 into the frame. The Lions would go on to score twice in the next two minutes to tie the score at 3.
Kraunelis scored to grab the lead back for Barrington with just over three minutes remaining in the period, but Lincoln stormed back to score twice in the final two minutes to make it 5-4 and send the Eagles into the second intermission trailing for the first time in the contest.
Barrington regrouped during the break and came out strong in the third, playing good defense and developing offensive rhythm, culminating with Kraunelis’ second goal of the night just over five minutes into the period. Holder tallied her third assist on the evening on the goal.
Tied at the end of the third, just one overtime period would prove not to be enough for these two squads, as shot after shot was blocked and every chance was denied. Junior goaltender Sophie Faxon made several heart-stopping saves in overtime to keep the Lions from stealing a victory from the favored Eagles.
The second overtime was just as tense, but the Eagles held strong, and Kelsey sent the Eagles home happy, scoring with just under five minutes to play in the second overtime.
Game 2 of this series will take place Thursday evening at 6:15 p.m. at Brown University. A Lions’ win would force a deciding Game 3 Saturday at Brown.