With the net empty at the host's end of the ice, Belmont High School Girls' Ice Hockey team was looking at the wrong end of a 3-2 score in their home opener against an undermanned Wakefield High School (who brought only 10 skaters to Belmont) on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Viglirolo Skate Rink.
As the seconds ticked down to less than 20 seconds remaining in the match, Belmont had one final rush up the ice with a chance to salvage the game. Following the puck into the Wakefield zone, senior co-captain Alexandra Cellucci caught up with the disk behind the Warrior goal.
After the puck was kicked back to her behind the net, Cellucci quickly drove to the left side of goal while Wakefield's goalie, Katelyn Guarino, was expecting her on the right. Cellucci's wrap around shot beat the goalie's pads to sneak into the net with 10 seconds remaining in the game and secure a tie for the Marauders.
Belmont's late escape pulls the young team's (11 freshmen and sophomores) record to 1-1-1 in the season, coming after their first win of the season, a 7-2 romp at Stoneham.
Sophomores Pauline Ayers and Erin McLaughlin also contributed with goals.
Boys' Still Seeking First Win
While skating with a great deal of determination, Belmont Boys' Hockey could not overcome Wakefield's depth as the Marauders' allowed one of every variety of goal to score to lose its home opener, 3-0, to the Warriors Wednesday.
A power play and short-handed goal in the second period and a regular-strength tally in the third now gives the Marauders' a 0-3-0 start to the season.