ORLEANS – It was a tough senior night for the Cape Cod Furies, who skated well in spite of a 3-1 loss to BMW/ORR in what was also the team's last game of the season.
It was a game that looked in the beginning as if it would belong to the host team Furies, who kept the puck largely in their possession, weathering a power play in the first period to keep the game scoreless.
The Canalwomen struck first in the following frame, netting the game's first goal just 22 seconds into the period to take a 1-0 lead. That lead was short-lived, however, as Monomoy's Maura Blute tied the game with a sneaky shot less than a minute later.
Unfortunately for the home team, the Canalwomen were determined, sending in their second goal with less than five minutes left in the period, giving BMW/ORR a one-goal lead heading into the break. A third-period goal from the visiting squad clinched their victory.
Proving a challenge for the Furies was a major penalty called against senior Lauren Monger that saw her spend the better part of the second and a good chunk of the third period in the box, with a few fans questioning the move. Furies head coach Addie Weeks said the absence of Monger, a key player, was a blow.
“She's one of those players that when you need someone she can take the team on her back and get it done,” said Weeks. “I think that caused a little bit of panic with us. She's a leader on the ice not just with her physical play, but also just her presence.”
Weeks said the loss was difficult, but expressed pride in her team for their efforts.
“It was tough, but I thought we played well,” she said. “We dominated in their end, but in the third period I think we just got a little flustered. They're a strong group and they've been building that program for a while now. They have four goalies and always have fresh legs, and we don't have that.”
A high hope for the program, Weeks said, is carrying forward the cooperative that gives girls from each school the opportunity to compete at the varsity level.
“We've got to hold on to this co-op with Nauset, Monomoy and Tech,” she said. “We need to just hope that we have the support with that because we're really trying to build something here. We need to build that depth in the lower Cape area.”
Weeks gave shout outs to each of the team's seniors, including Blute, Monger, Elsa Lalone, Cat Ready, Delanie Manner, Alex Wall, and Jenna Gionfriddo, as well as junior Bree Kender, who returned to the ice after being sidelined with a concussion.
“I thought Maura Blute had one of her strongest games. Every shift she really wanted it,” said Weeks. “All my seniors are great. Elsa Lalone, we're going to miss her on D, and Bree Kender, it was her first game back. She was huge tonight.”
Weeks said the end of the season came around just a little too quickly.
“It's so bittersweet. We're ready for that break, but in a couple days we're not going to know what to do,” she said. “But the future looks bright.”