ORLEANS – The Cape Cod Furies were hungry for some goals.
After only scoring once during Saturday’s season-opening tie against Martha’s Vineyard, the co-op hockey team comprised of girls from Monomoy, Nauset and Cape Cod Tech was determined to display a little more offensive firepower when it returned to the ice Monday afternoon for another Cape and Islands League clash against Nantucket at the Charles Moore Arena.
Cape Cod scored three goals in the first period and two more in the third, cruising to a 5-0 victory behind strong performances by Monomoy junior Eve Abboud and Nauset freshman Isabella Roberts, both of whom netted two goals.
“This is definitely very meaningful because even last year we never really had a win like this,” said Abboud. “So, this means a lot. It’s a good way to start the season, especially with the new freshmen coming in.”
In addition to Roberts, who also chipped in two assists, the team’s other two newcomers — Nauset freshmen Sienna Reeves and Olivia Avellar — were also key contributors in the win. Reeves scored her first goal of the season midway through the first period to extend the Furies’ lead to 3-0, while Avellar started in goal and played the first two periods before Monomoy senior Jazz Silva replaced her at the start of the third.
Avellar finished with 10 saves, and Silva made six more during the final period to secure the shutout.
Following Saturday’s 1-1 tie against the Vineyard in which Nauset sophomore Emily Underhill scored the team’s lone goal, Furies coach Addie Weeks said she was thrilled to see her team get out to a fast start Monday and take control by scoring three goals in the opening 15 minutes.
“We wanted to get a few goals in the first (period), just because we weren’t able to the other day,” Weeks said after her team improved to 1-0-1 overall and in league play.
Despite bookending the game with strong first and third periods, the middle frame was one the Furies will likely look to forget. Not only did Cape Cod fail to score against Nantucket’s senior goaltender, Shea Harnishfeger, the Furies struggled to produce meaningful scoring chances because they were rarely at full strength. Of the seven penalties the team committed, five of them came in the middle frame.
Neither Weeks nor her players were pleased with the penalty-filled period, though they were thrilled that the team was able to rebound and finish strong.
“The second period was slow and ugly, so I was happy we could get it together and finish strong by the end of the third,” the coach said.
“We kind of fell apart in the second period but we came back together in the third,” added Roberts, who, like Abboud, scored in the first period and then again in the third. “That was pretty big for us.”
Roberts also noted that her four-point game will be big for her confidence.
“It brings my confidence level up higher,” she said. “It’s good to know that I helped the team today with the win. I had a few good passes which brought my confidence up, too.”
Abboud said she also felt encouraged by her personal performance after netting a pair of goals.
“It’s very uplifting,” said the junior. “It makes me look forward to the rest of the season and next year.”
In addition to Roberts’ two assists, Monomoy senior defenseman Nikki Await and Nauset junior blueliner Julia Weiner also tallied helpers.
The Furies are tentatively scheduled to face Barnstable at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in their next game.
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