Thursday, April 24, 2014
By MARK JEANNERET Special to the Press Herald
FALMOUTH - A good test before the stretch run was a welcome experience for the Falmouth girls' hockey team Thursday night.
Although they were never really pushed to the brink, the Yachtsmen managed hold off Biddeford for a 4-2 victory at Family Ice.
"It's good to keep practicing and getting all the pressure for all the hard teams that we're going to face at the end of the year," said Jayde Bazinet of Falmouth. "We have four difficult road games to finish off the regular season and those teams are going to be our competition, assuming that nothing bad happens to knock us out."
The win was the sixth straight for the Yachtsmen (10-4), who finish the regular season with games against Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete, York, Scarborough and Greely.
Falmouth held a 36-9 advantage in shots but was unable to shake the Tigers (6-6-1).
The Yachtsmen kept Biddeford hemmed up in its own end for most of the opening period but weren't rewarded until the final minute. Martina St. Angelo kept a play alive at the blue line and spotted Lucy Meyer alone in the circle to the left of the goal. Meyer wasted no time, releasing a one-timer that gave Falmouth a 1-0 lead with 33 seconds left in the period.
Falmouth scored again in the opening minute of the second. Camden Carrier collected a loose puck on the end boards and passed to St. Angelo in the high slot. With traffic converging in front, St. Angelo fired a long shot into the top corner.
Trailing 3-0 and limited to only a couple chances through the first 26 minutes, Biddeford finally discovered some offense. Darcy Fisher broke free on a two-on-one through the neutral zone. As the play descended on goal, Fisher released a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that snuck in to make it 3-1.
"We were at a point where we knew we needed to score a goal before the end of the second period," said Biddeford Coach Ashley Potvin. "Darcy Fisher came through at a time when her team really needed her to. She put the puck on net and it was a huge momentum shift in the game."
Falmouth carried a 3-1 lead into the third. The Yachtsmen made it 4-1 at 26 seconds when Bazinet scored from the edge of the crease.
Biddeford answered with a power-play goal by Tiffany Gagne five minutes later.
"For the girls to play the third period with some intensity and some urgency was good," said Falmouth Coach Rob Carrier.