FALMOUTH – There’s nothing like a little midseason success to prove that practice is paying dividends.
Falmouth showed Wednesday night what it’s learned over the first half of the girls’ high school hockey season with a 1-0 victory against York at Family Ice.
“We were working on some new systems earlier in the year and it took us a little while to kind of get used to it,” said Falmouth Coach Rob Carrier. “Over the past two or three weeks we finally started to understand the systems and the girls have played more aggressively, and they’ve wanted to be the team that works hard.”
The Yachtsmen have won five of their last six games and improved to 6-4 on the season. York saw a five-game unbeaten streak end and dropped to 6-2-1.
The game was a rematch of last year’s regional final won by Falmouth, 4-0.
Falmouth set the tone early and translated some effective offensive pressure into what turned out to be the only goal of the game. Alyse Bazinet started the scoring play when she controlled the puck at the York blue line and found Lucy Meyer sweeping toward the goal. Meyer cut off the left wing and sent a shot on Olivia Drew, who got a piece of the puck but not enough to prevent the Yachtsmen from scoring.
“It’s always important to score the first goal,” Meyer said. “I think it really brought the team up. We were facing a great goalie and we were told to shoot, so we just kept shooting and pounding away and got one in.”
The Yachtsmen outshot the Wildcats 9-2 in the period.
Falmouth continued to control the game in the second before York was awarded back-to-back power plays midway through.
The two chances to tie the game were for naught; the Wildcats managed only two shots, neither of them dangerous. The Yachtsmen continued to dominate in shots with a 12-3 advantage in the period and a 21-5 lead after two.
Another prime opportunity to tie arrived early in the third for York.
Penalties by Martina St. Angelo and Bazinet sent the Wildcats on a two-man advantage for 1 minute, 22 seconds. This time the power-play unit created some offense and delivered four shots, all of which were turned aside by Kirsten Mazur.
Abby Payson, Alice Kittredge and Alta Farrell logged quality minutes during the kill for Falmouth.
Mazur earned the shutout with 12 saves. Drew turned aside 29 shots.
“I would say it was not one of our best games of the season,” said York Coach Jeff Hird. “We had a big win on Saturday (1-0 over Leavitt) and we came in after that and let up a little bit. We started off really slow but I was proud of the way we played in the third period.”