DENNIS ─ It's been a season of growth for the Cape Cod Furies, who showed off their improved skills in a hard-fought, well-played 1-1 tie against the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins on Friday, a game that demonstrated how far the Furies have come since the start of the 2016-2017 season.
“It was exciting,” said head coach Scott Rebello. “For me, watching what's been going on here, things are starting to evolve. We're playing close to 45 minutes of pretty darn good hockey, so to see them get this tie tonight was really good.”
The tri-team of Monomoy, Cape Tech, and Nauset players hit the ice with force at the Tony Kent Arena on Friday, dominating the opening frame in spite of not finding the back of the net before the end of the period and having to weather two penalties that put them a player down.
The Furies continued their intensity in the second, this time with only one penalty called, and still no score, though several players took solid shots on goal. It took until the third period for the visiting Furies to sneak one in, with Brianna Cowing scoring on an assist from Elsa LaLone to give the Furies a 1-0 edge at 10:34.
Unfortunately for the Furies, a wayward puck also found its way past goalie Molly McKenna amid a scrum in front of the net, giving the Dolphins a tally of their own.
“Everybody was back doing their job and when they slipped the puck out in front, it went off of our players' skates,” said Rebello. “It happens.”
Credited with the goal was Phoebe Holmes on assists from Tara Stocker and Georgie Snow.
In spite of the somewhat accidental opposing goal, Rebello was extremely proud of his team's efforts throughout the game.
“Molly McKenna had some big saves tonight,” he said. “And the defensemen did a great job of staying home and helping out.”
He also praised the work of Megan Crosby, Maura Blute, and Mia Caldwell.
“Mia played well at both ends,” Rebello said. “And did a great job forechecking.”
The tie puts the Furies' overall record at 2-8-2, with their next match set for Saturday at Bourne, whom the Furies defeated 4-2 in their first outing in December. The last time the team faced D-Y, it was the Dolphins taking home a 5-1 win, which had a little something to do with the excitement behind the tie.
“There were lots of good things we saw tonight,” said Rebello. “The team concept is starting to come together. They're starting to execute things and get opportunities out of our own zone. We've come a long way. We've come a real long way.”