Lexington Girls' Hockey Team Skates to a Tie Against Watertown/Melrose
The Minutemen overcame a two-goal deficit to maintain their undefeated record.
A back and forth contest between the Lexington and Watertown/Melrose girls' hockey teams ended in a 5-5 tie Wednesday night.
The Minutemen found themselves staring at a two-goal deficit entering the third period after allowing four goals in the second, including a short-hander. Lexington coach Amanda Ciarletta said she liked the way her team fought back in the final period.
"(In the locker room) I said we have only one period to play, let's play like it's our last, and make every shift count," Ciarletta said. "They seemed to really grasp that. We came out, won the period 2-0 and tied game. We got a point and we are still undefeated."
Senior defender Elise Cormier got the Minutemen within a goal scoring a minute into the third, and sophomore Sara Lehman scored her hat trick to tie the game with 6:14 remaining.
Lexington (3-0-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period after Lehman scored two goals just 14 seconds apart.
Watertown/Melrose junior Erika Kelly narrowed the gap, scoring on a pass from junior Allison Foley 1:34 before the intermission.
Lexington's play in the second period was not as sharp, Ciarletta said.
"I think our second period needs to be worked on – we allowed odd man rushes and give aways," Ciarletta said. "We need to play a complete game."
The Raiders' Haley Gorman sparked an offensive explosion. The freshman forward scored a hat trick, capped off by a short-handed goal with 3:21 left in the second.
"For a freshman to have a hat trick against a team like this is phenomenal," said Watertown/Melrose coach Steve Russo.
Russo was happy to see his team score a power-play goal – a long shot from the point by junior Meredith MacLeod – along with the short-hander.
"Our special teams played well, and they didn't have a power play goal on us (on three power plays)," said Russo, whose team is now 3-0-1.
Lexington stayed within two goals, however, with a strike from junior Danielle Delgreco with 11:12 left in the second.