ORLEANS ─ The Cape Cod Furies girls varsity ice hockey team weathered a late-game rally by the Stoughton Black Knights to secure a 5-4 victory on Senior Night Feb. 11 at their home rink in the Charles Moore Arena.
The Cape Tech-Monomoy-Nauset tri-team was ready to go in the opening period, netting three of their five goals in the frame. The first came at the 2:45 minute mark when Lauren Monger sent in an unassisted goal to put the Furies on the scoreboard.
Monger had a hand in the second goal of the game, scored moments later by Brianna Kender, giving the Furies a 2-0 edge before Kender extended that lead to 3-0 with another score in the final seconds of the first period.
Cathryn Ready netted the team's only goal of the second period unassisted at 11:36, just before Stoughton found its way onto the scoreboard with their first goal of the game, narrowing the score to 4-1 Furies.
In the third, the Black Knights unleashed on onslaught of shots, determined to stage a rally much to the frustration of Furies goaltender Molly McKenna. Though three shots snuck past McKenna during chaotic scrums in front of the net, the seasoned goalie kept her head, thwarting a Stoughton breakaway that could have sent the game into overtime.
A third-period goal from Monger, assisted by Leanne Kender, proved an insurance goal for the Furies, who clung to their 5-4 edge until the final buzzer.
“It was a little scary at the end,” said Furies head coach Scott Rebello. “But they held on and did what they had to do to win.”
Rebello said he didn't feel his team's struggles in the final period were due to a lack of effort, but more likely mental mistakes.
“I don't think they were worn out. It was just a couple of situations that we didn't take care of very well,” he said. “But overall we had plenty of opportunities to put the puck in the net. We maybe took too many selfish opportunities instead of passing the puck off for what probably could have been a sure fire thing, and I didn't want to see that, but when we jumped up right away I think everybody got a little bit hungry because we haven't scored many goals this year.”
The game saw every member of the tri-team enjoy ice time, with Rebello giving kudos to Mia Caldwell, Brianna Cowing, and Brianna Kender.
“Mia Caldwell is phenomenal. She has such a hockey brain it isn't funny. She gets herself in the right position because she can anticipate things,” Rebello said. “Brianna Cowing had a great game up and down, and Brianna Kender on defense. She had a couple of nice shots. She's probably been one of our most valuable players this year, solid on defense and just a smart hockey player.”
Prior to the Feb. 11 game the team's seniors were honored in a special celebration that saw teammates sing the praises of Megan Crosby, Kim Gallagher, Abbie Frazier, Brianna Cowing, Hannah Cremins, and Sarah Huber.
As the team's 2016-2017 season winds down, Rebello is looking to his team for solid games against Pembroke (slated for Feb. 15 at Pembroke) and Bishop-Fenwick, away on Feb. 22.
“We've only got a couple games left,” Rebello said. “[Against] Pembroke, hopefully they can dig down deep and give [this] same type of performance, and then we finish up at Bishop-Fenwick, a team we should beat, so we're going to try and finish on a good note.”