Girls' Hockey highlighted a top-notch line while a sniper's shot in the final minutes shot down the Belmont Boys' as both teams hosted Winchester on a 60-degree Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7.
Front line scoring power Belmont Girls' over Sachems
For long-time Belmont Head Coach Mark Haley, the knowledge that you coach one of the best offensive lines in eastern Massachusetts (if not the state) comes at a price.
"I wish our other lines would start scoring," he said after Belmont's 5-1 victory over Winchester at Belmont's 'Skip' Viglirolo Skating Rink.
"But who's to complain?" he said, after looking at the game sheet, as his top line of senior captain Caroline McCarthy (a goal, 3 assists), senior winger Erin O'Donovan (2 goals, 2 assists) and junior Alexandra Cellucci (a pair of goals and assists) scored each of the teams goals and earned all but two of the assists – those were picked up by senior defenseman Becca Moore.
Belmont (5-2) was up by two into the second period when the Sachems (1-4) scored their only goal as senior assistant captain McKenzie Tucci pounced on Belmont's sloppy play to knock the puck into the twine with an assist from her line mates Michele Woolford and Marisa Gehrig.
But Belmont scored twice in the final minute of the period; McCarthy cleaning up a rebound after a sweet give-and-go by O'Donovan and Moore and then Cellucci from out front.
Sachem snipper downs Marauders
Winchester's Senior Capt. Scott Carson took the puck at center ice, cut in front of a Belmont defender and ripped a 'wicked slappa' just over Belmont goalie John Egbert's glove and into the top side of net, scoring the game-winning goal as he gave the Sachems a 2-1 lead with three minutes to play at Belmont.
Winchester hit an open netter with 10 seconds remaining from the players on opposite ends of the score card; No. 97 Derick DiVincenzo scored with an assist from goalie Peter Olson, No. 1.
Winchester used their bigger frame and a half-step-quicker speed to take the play to Marauders, who relied on Egbert's outstanding performance to keep them in the game.
Belmont nearly got out of the second period without letting in a goal but Winchester sophomore forward Dan Durgin got inside position on a Belmont defender and redirected a shot that eluded Egbert with two mintues to play in the stanza.
The Marauders finally got their up-tempo, hard hitting style rolling in the third behind seniors Kevin Viglirolo and Belmont's leading scorer Brian Gramolini to peppered Olson with some accurate shooting.
And all-out hustle tied the game midway through the third period when Olson muffed a clearance and freshman Brian Garrett attacked the puck and scored.