ORLEANS – It wasn’t for a lack of shots. That much is sure.
Despite registering 34 shots on goal, the Cape Cod Furies couldn’t find the back of the net against Nantucket and its senior goaltender, Shea Harnishfeger, on Saturday at Charles Moore Arena.
Two days later, the Furies skated to a 1-1 tie against Dennis-Yarmouth after Nauset Regional High School sophomore Emily Underhill scored the only goal for the co-op team, which features players from Cape Cod Tech, Monomoy and Nauset.
Furies coach Addie Weeks said one reason the team is struggling to score goals is due to the lack of numbers. On Saturday, the team only dressed 10 skaters, meaning players often return to the ice before they even catch their breath following their previous shift.
“It’s tough with the small numbers,” Weeks said after Saturday’s draw. “We rearrange things as much as we can to try to generate chances, but it’s still the same amount of bodies we’re working with.”
As impressive as Harnishfeger was for the Whalers, the Furies also received a strong performance from their goaltender, Nauset freshman Olivia Avellar. The rookie netminder has been impressive all season, though she really shined Saturday against a Nantucket squad desperate to earn its first victory since starting its program last year.
In all, Avellar finished with 16 saves Saturday.
“She’s just such an all-around athlete,” Weeks said of the goaltender. “She always stands on her head. She’s just calm, cool and collected. She shows up all the time, but she did especially in the big moments.”
The players were annoyed by Saturday’s result because they felt like they did enough to win. That likely would’ve been the case on most nights, though Harnishfeger’s remarkable outing between the pipes was enough to keep the Furies off the scoreboard.
“That game was really painful,” Cape Tech junior Anna Bartolomey said of Saturday’s result. “It’s kind of hard to see that none of our shots went in because there were so many good ones and a lot of rebounds.”
Following Monday’s tie against D-Y, the Furies moved to 2-2-4 on the season. They are scheduled to close out the regular season against Sandwich at 4 p.m. Saturday at Charles Moore Arena before taking part in the Cape and Islands League postseason tournament the following week.
Regardless of their opponents, Weeks said the Furies need to focus on putting their shots on net to score goals.
“We just need to hit the net more,” the coach said. “It’s just that simple—we need to keep putting the puck on net.”
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