After being outshot 11-3 and ending the first period in a 1-1 tie, the Westwood girls’ hockey team flipped the narrative and never looked back on its way to a convincing 5-1 victory over Canton in the championship game of the IceHouse Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Canton.
Senior captain Olivia Jordan was named tournament MVP after she led the fourth-ranked Wolverines (4-0-1) with a pair of third-period goals to go along with an assist.
“We don’t always come out as strong as we would like,” said Westwood coach Ed Amico. “They got stronger as the game went on. They’re an incredible group of girls.”
Kat Keith opened the scoring for Westwood with a lift over the glove of Canton goalkeeper Ava Pacitti just under 10 minutes into the first period, but senior Lauren Fitzpatrick evened the game for the seventh-ranked Bulldogs (4-1) on a similar play.
Barely 24 seconds had elapsed in the second period when Wolverine sophomore Hannah Blomquist tallied her first goal of the season, slipping it between the pipe and the right foot of Pacitti for the winner.
After Canton’s Theresa O’Brien landed in the box for hooking, she was joined by her teammate Meg Aldrich and Westwood’s Abby Crowley, who earned matching minors for unsportsmanlike conduct. With the 4-on-3 advantage, Jordan helped out on Keith’s second goal of the night with 42 seconds left in the second period, giving the Wolverines some insurance.
Jordan netted two of her own within 50 seconds of each other in the third to give the Wolverines’ a four-goal advantage.
“I just had to keep a clear mind,” Jordan said.
“She flies under the radar,” Amico said of Jordan, who is the team’s leading scorer with 11 goals. “She’s just solid. She does things that, as coaches, we know makes the team better. This year, she’s doing everything behind the scenes, and she’s making the stat sheet. She’s our leading scorer. As a defenseman, that’s unheard of.”
Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading 3, Winthrop/Lynn Classical/Lynn English 2 — Junior Sammie Mirasolo scored twice — including the winning goal shorthanded — to lead the Tanners (5-1-1) to their first win in program history over Winthrop. Eighth grader Julia Holmes scored twice in the loss for Winthrop (4-1). “They have worked so hard, I couldn’t be prouder of them,” said Peabody coach Michelle Roche. “I’m so happy for them.”
Boston Latin 3, Cambridge/Somerville 0 — Junior Sophia Temple registered one goal and one assist and sophomore goalie Ellen Linso recorded her second shutout of the season for the host Wolfpack (5-2-1).
Braintree 4, Hingham 3 — Junior Ally Decoste had a goal and an assist to rally the Wamps (4-2) from a 3-0 first-period deficit.
Brookline/Newton South 1, Wilmington 0 — Ana Driscoll potted the game’s lone goal and Caroline Davis posted a shutout in net for the Warriors (3-3).
Masconomet 6, Marblehead 0 — Abby Gendron had two goals and three assists, Isabel Hulse added a goal and four assists, and Molly Elmore posted a shutout in net for the Chieftains (2-1-2).
Westford/Littleton 4, Haverhill/North Andover/Pentucket 3 — Sophomore Maddie Hunt netted the winner with 12.6 seconds left for the visiting Grey Ghosts (4-2).
Archbishop Williams 9, Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake 1 — Senior captain Mackenzie Heath had one goal and a career-high five assists and linemate Nicole Hersey netted a hat trick for the host Bishops (4-2).
Saint Joseph Prep/Mt. Alvernia 8, Stoughton 2 — Senior Katie Honan scored twice for the Phoenix (2-6).
Waltham 4, Concord-Carlisle 0 — Caitlyn Burke made 14 saves for the Hawks (4-1-1), Isla and Jess McPherson each scored a goal.
Boston Latin 9, Methuen 1 — Owen O'Brien netted four goals and Colin McAdams added three assists as the host Wolfpack (3-2-1) recorded their third straight win.
Braintree 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0 — Senior Aidan Flynn had one goal and one assist for the Wamps (4-1).
Greater New Bedford 9, Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk 2 — Junior Jacob Lopes racked up four goals and two assists for the Bears (5-1).
Masconomet 3, Stoneham 0 — Backed by a 15-save shutout from junior Tucker Hanson and two goals from senior captain Andrew Gotts, the Chieftain (4-1) won the Stoneham Holiday Classic championship.
Old Rochester/Fairhaven 4, Somerset Berkley 0 — Sophomore Chris Gauvin and senior Sam Austin had two goals apiece to provide the offense for the Bulldogs (5-1).
Roxbury Latin 5, BB&N 0 — Senior captain Jack Luca scored twice, including the winner, for the Foxes (4-1).
Waltham 3, Andover 0 — Senior Cam Antonellis scored twice and freshman goalie Jack Perry had 25 saves for his first-career shutout to lead the host Hawks (3-2-1).
Whitman-Hanson 3, Southeastern/Bristol-Plymouth/West Bridgewater 2 — Freshman John Ward scored the winner and Bob Siders collected 25 saves in net for the Panthers (3-3-1).
Wilmington 4, Chelmsford 1 — Juniors Joe Hill and Jared Venezia and senior Ryan Barrett each tallied a goal and an assist for the Wildcats (4-2).
Dover-Sherborn 73, Medfield 62 — Senior Brett Stark scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the host Raiders (5-1).
Malden 73, Snowden 54 — Junior David Mervilus exploded for 37 points and was tabbled tournament MVP as the Golden Tornadoes (3-3) claimed their holiday classic.
Marblehead 61, Masconomet 51 — Greg Garver (13 points) and Devin Romain (12 points) lifted the visiting Magicians (2-3).
Needham 62, Xaverian 46 — Junior Will Dorion scored 14 and dished out seven assists for the Rockets (4-0).
North Quincy 59, Madison Park 56 — Junior guard Jomone Bing tallied 18 points to lead all scorers and sophomore Agu Ugwu had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Red Raiders (2-4).
Oliver Ames 51, Cardinal Spellman 45 — Senior Ethan Eckstrom was named the tournament MVP after scoring 13 points to pace the Tigers (3-1).
Whitman-Hanson 63, Viera (Fla.) 57 — Junior Ben Rice sparked the Panthers (5-2) to a victory in the Haines City (Fla.) Tournament with 13 points.
Bridgewater-Raynham 55, Pembroke 29 — Freshman Shay Bollin scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and had 5 steals to go along with 4 assists as the second-ranked Trojans (6-0) won the Abington Tournament. B-R sophomore Kenzie Matulonis (11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals) was named tournament MVP.
Concord-Carlisle 78, Westborough 31 — Sophomore Kori Barach had 19 points and younger sister Rachel added 16 to lead the Patriots (5-0).
Falmouth 55, Quincy 44 — Kayla Thomas scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 4 assists as the Clippers (2-1) won the Quincy Holiday Tournament. Junior forward Ally McMorrow led Quincy with 20 points.
Foxborough 63, Hopkinton 23 — Junior guard Lizzy Davis netted a career-high 16 points and sophomore Katelyn Mollica scored 15 as the 12th-ranked Warriors (4-0) stayed undefeated,
Londonderry (N.H.) 54, North Andover 46 — Senior Michelle Marino collected a team-high 19 points and junior Courtney Shay added 12 for Londonderry (NH) in the consolation round of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic in Andover. The Scarlet Knights (1-5), who were paced by senior captain Emma Liporto’s game-high 20 points, chipped away a 13-point halftime deficit to just six with 45 seconds left.
Mansfield 40, Ridgefield (Conn.) 32 — Syd Mulkern (14 points) and Maggie Danehy (10 points, 14 rebounds) led the way for the Hornets (4-2) at the Threes for Sandy Hook Showcase at Newtown High School in Connecticut.
Pentucket 70, Winnacunnet (N.H.) 24 — Maddi Doyle knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 17 points total, while Angelina Yacubacci chipped in 10 points for the sixth-ranked Sachems (4-1), who advanced to the fifth-place game of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic at Andover High. Pentucket plays Londonderry (N.H) tomorrow at 1:45 p.m.
Wachusett 56, Braintree 49 — Reagan McDonald paced the Mountaineers over the top-ranked Wamps (3-1) with a game-high 17 points.
Westwood 43, Wayland 36 — Sophomore Elizabeth Gill scored a season-high 20 points for the host Wolverines (4-0).
Whitman-Hanson 42, Greenfield 38 — Kathryn Dunn was named tournament MVP after registering 18 points for the Panthers (4-2).
Plymouth South/Plymouth North 130, Hingham 125.9 — Plymouth got first-place finishes from Allison Whitelaw on vault (9.15), Brooke Reardon on bars (8.3) and all-around (34.35), and Bree Ferrell on beam (9.1) and floor (8.7).
At the MSTCA’s Distance Classic, St. John’s Prep’s foursome of Steven Jackson, Harris Fremont-Smith, George Nikolakopoulos, and Geddes Donlon won the 4x800 at the Reggie Lewis Center in 8 minutes, 21 seconds, the best time in the state this season.
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