ORLEANS – The energy on the home team bench was palpable on Feb. 8. Not only was it Senior Night for the Cape Cod Furies, but the Nauset/Monomoy/Cape Tech squad had come to win. Three periods and five goals later, they'd given their seniors something to celebrate.
“I was excited. Once we put one in, we got rolling,” Furies head coach Addie Weeks said of the 5-0 game. “We haven't been been able to produce in the past few games, but this was good.”
That first goal was scored by Emily Underhill at 6:12 in the first period on assists from Charlotte Manganaro and Julia Weiner to put the Furies ahead 1-0.
Weeks said there was a noticeable difference in the Whalers from the last time the Furies had played them to the Feb. 8 outing.
“We won 10-5 last time, but they have vastly improved,” Weeks said. “They were fighting to get a goal. “
Fortunately for the Furies, goalkeeper Connor Boucher was in top form, stopping every puck that came his way en route to a shutout.
“Connor looked awesome in net,” said Weeks.
Although the Whalers continued ratcheting up the pressure as the game progressed, making it more of a physical contest, the Furies maintained their composure. Sophie Coelho scored the second goal for the home team at 3:02 in the second, working with Underhill and Sydney Nickerson on the score.
“I thought Emily Underhill had a great game, she hustled really well,” said Weeks. “It was a physical game, but our girls do a good job of keeping that edge where they really have to play physical. That's the edge you kind of want to play on because it forces you to go, but you have to stay within reason. They've done a nice job of adjusting.”
Next to find the net was Weiner, who capped off an impressive skate down the ice at the Charles Moore Arena before flipping the puck past Whaler netminder Shea Harnishfeger and into the net, putting the Furies ahead 3-0 at 10:26 in the second period.
Eve Abboud wasted no time scoring the Furies' fourth goal of the game, making good on a pass from Anna Bartolomey at 2:36 in the third as player penalties piled up. Nantucket incurred four penalties in the final frame, with the Furies adding three.
Manganaro netted the last goal of the game unassisted, at 13:50 in the third period, officially putting the game away for good.
“Eve Abboud was phenomenal today. She just hustles,” said Weeks. “And Charlotte has done such a nice job rushing the puck, to see her put it in was good. And I was really psyched for the seniors. We need these wins.”
Before the start of the Saturday afternoon game, the team's seniors, including Connor Boucher, Leanne Kender, Margaret Dickson, Ashleigh Rose, and Amanda Prue, were recognized in a special ceremony.
Weeks said the team needs two more wins to make it into the playoffs. At press time, the Furies were preparing for a home game against Pembroke, a team they defeated 3-2 back on Jan. 17 on the road, as well as an away game against B-M-W/ORR on Feb. 17, with their last regular season game at Martha's Vineyard on Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m.
“They're all very doable,” said Weeks. “But we've got to put it in the net.”