The Austin Prep girls’ hockey team allowed a goal on the first shot by host Andover Wednesday. But the defending Division 1 state champions responded with four unanswered goals for a 4-1 victory at Phillips Academy.
“We came out really hard, so we did exactly what we wanted to do,” said third-year Austin Prep coach Stephanie Wood after the Cougars improved to 2-0.
“We wanted to get 10-12 shots and limit them to under three [in the first period] so we did that. Sometimes you can do everything right and still be down.”
Austin Prep opened the contest with a shot right off the faceoff, and that set the pace for the first period as the Cougars controlled possession time. Despite that, it took just one Andover (3-1) shot for the Golden Warriors to take a 1-0 lead. Senior captain Michelle Durling buried a shot at the goal mouth after senior Alex Johnson kept the puck inside the blue line.
“Just had to shake it off,” said AP goalie Hannah Aveni, who finished with six saves. “There’s nothing you can do, just put it in your past and focus on the next shot. Pretend it’s a 0-0 game.”
The 1-0 lead lasted into the second period.
AP tied it on a power-play goal by Cougars’ eighth grader Courtney Colarullo, who was open in front and beat Andover sophomore goalie Sean D’Urso.
Austin Prep took the lead, 2-1, when sophomore Maeve Crehan scored shorthanded on a pass from Annie Richards. Ella Saracco closed out the second-period scoring a minute later and it was 3-1 after two periods.
A power-play goal off the stick of Francesca Frelick from a blue-line blast midway through the third period closed out the scoring. Andover struggled to create any scoring chances in the final minutes.
“I thought they were better than we expected,” said Aveni of Andover. “They came out really strong, especially in the second and third when they were trying to score more goals.”
“Every returning player from last year is bigger, stronger, and smarter, and we might be a little bit better than we were last year,” said Wood. “We were a championship team last year, and we might be better.”
Canton 0, Duxbury 0 — Junior goaltender Colleen Kelleher kept the Bulldogs (1-1-1) in it with 33 saves. Sue Bird was in net for Duxbury.
Braintree 9, Brookline 2 — Katie Yaxter led the Wamps (2-0) with five goals, and Deirdre Burchill added two more.
Winthrop 2, Peabody 1 — With eight minutes remaining in regulation, junior Henry Brooks netted the winner for the Vikings (3-0).
Norwood 3, Dedham 1 — Kyle McHugh, Ryan Johnson, and Charlie Gover scored as Norwood picked up its first win after going 0-19-1 last season.
Walpole 3, Wellesley 0 — Rebels forward Tyler Page scored two goals and goalie James Corcoran earned the shutout.
Swampscott 10, Gloucester 3 — Senior Mike Johnson scored a hat trick to lead the Big Blue (2-1).