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Nobles 1, St. Paul’s 1

Nobles settles for draw with St. Paul’s

Nobles’ Lexie Laing (right) wins this battle for a loose puck with St. Paul’s Jenna Rheault during the first period.

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Nobles’ Lexie Laing (right) wins this battle for a loose puck with St. Paul’s Jenna Rheault during the first period.

DEDHAM — With a matchup of unbeaten girls’ hockey programs, the storyline usually becomes all about who is the best.

That wasn’t the case Saturday as Noble & Greenough came from behind in the third period to salvage a 1-1 tie with St. Paul’s at the Flood Omni Rink.

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“The tie was helpful to us because they already had a tie and in the league we’re competing for in the ISL, which is always our first goal and the New England Tournament is a secondary thing,” said Nobles coach Tom Resor.

For the first time this season, Nobles (24-0-1) trailed as resilient St. Paul’s (20-0-2) took a 1-0 lead. But a shot from Becca Gilmore (assist from Courtney Pensavalle) leveled the score at 14:04 of the second period.

“We’ve been preaching all game we’ve been giving up shot chances and I think fortunately that led to our goal,” said Resor. “We had the puck in the high slot area instead of trying to make an extra pass, Becca shot it through traffic and found a way in.”

The Pelicans’ goal came at 14:01 of the first period from senior captain Shayna Tomlinson on a shot that was deflected. The action came after a scoreless first period in which Nobles maintained the majority of puck possession.

Tension was high in overtime as the Pelicans displayed some grit by outshooting Nobles, 6-1.

“We hadn’t been down all year. I was really proud because it easily could have remained a 1-0 game,’’ said Resor.

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