The Vineyard girls’ varsity hockey team played well in games last week against Barnstable and Wilmington, with mixed results.
Monday, at Barnstable, the Vineyarders faced off with the powerful Red Raiders and fell 3-1.
Despite the loss, Vineyard coach John Fiorito said that the Vineyarders played their best game of the season.
Angela DeBettencourt staked M.V. to a 1-0 lead 6:32 into the second period. Barnstable answered two minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.
With three minutes to play in the game, Cortney Sollows notched the game-winner. The Red Raiders scored their third goal with five seconds left.
Texe Craig had another fine game in net for M.V. who stand at 5-8-1 on the season. The Vineyarders need 9 points out of a possible 12 left in their six remaining games to qualify for the state tournament.
Last Saturday, the girls travelled to Wilmington and skated away with a 2-0 victory.
The win was sweet revenge for the Vineyarders, who dropped their home opener to the Wildcats 4-2, on Dec. 11.
Texe Craig earned her first varsity shutout in goal for M.V. and got great defensive help from Lily Gazaille and Olivia Higham.
The Vineyarders opened the scoring with a first period power-play goal. Callie Jackson and Gillian O’Callaghan worked the puck over to Maggie Johnson, who fired a slapshot over the goalie’s blocker from the right point.
Celia Mercier scored the insurance goal five minutes into the third period.
After the game, Coach John Fiorito continued to see improvement in his team’s play.
“We’re learning how to win a little bit against teams we should be in games against,” Coach Fiorito said. “Those are the games we need to win in the second half of the year.”
M.V. skated against Sandwich in a late game Wednesday and travels to Duxbury, ranked third in the state, on Saturday. They return home to face arch-rival Falmouth, Wednesday at 4:30 pm.
Jayvee girls fall to Bourne
The jayvee girls hosted Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham on Saturday and came out on the short end of an 8-2 score.
Emily Hammet and Kassidy Bettencourt scored the Vineyard goals. Courtney Mussell, Courtney Minnehan, and Rilla Hammett had the assists.