Martha’s Vineyard girls tie up Dolphins, 2-2

The Vineyarders mob Aubrey Ashmun after she scored the tying goal with 1:08 left to play. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Aubrey Ashmun scored a power play goal with 1:08 remaining to lift the Vineyard girls varsity hockey team to a 2-2 tie with Dennis-Yarmouth Saturday afternoon at the MV Arena in the home opener. The Vineyarders stayed unbeaten at 3-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Southeast Mass. Girls Hockey League (SEMGHL).

With 1:18 left in regulation, the Dolphins incurred a tripping penalty. With Vineyard goalie Jackie Hegarty pulled for a 6-4 advantage, Sydney Davies and Callie Jackson quickly set up Ashmun, who fired the puck into the top right corner from the left faceoff circle.

The speedy Dolphins (1-4-1) came out strong at the start and played well throughout, peppering the Vineyard goal with 10 shots in the opening period. Jackie Hegarty shut the door and the game remained scoreless until the Vineyard’s Belle Dinning lit the lamp at 4:05 of the second period, scoring on a rebound after Callie Jackson took the initial shot.

The Vineyarders did not enjoy their lead for long. Sam Shastany equalized for D-Y just 20 seconds later. The rest of the period unfolded with some controversy. First, Callie Jackson attempted what looked to be a successful wraparound for the go-ahead goal but no signal was given and play contunued. Worse yet for the Vineyarders, Kristina Cheverie scored for D-Y with 11 seconds left in the second period. Jackie Hegarty made the initial save but the puck ended up in the net. The Vineyard bench immediately contested that a whistle had sounded prior to the puck crossing the goalline. Despite Vineyard head coach John Fiorito’s protests, the referees allowed the goal to stand.

The Vineyarders, to their credit, shook off the disappointments and forged ahead in the third period, growing stronger with each shift and making the most of their late power play opportunity.

“We’re weirdly resilient,” coach Fiorito said. “We have some veteran kids who want to play; they compete all the time and a goalie who does a good job.” It was a good game. It was fun. They [Dennis-Yarmouth] are a pretty good team.”

The Vineyarders play a make-up game Wednesday in Foxboro against King Philip of Wrentham before returning home Saturday (11:30 am) to face Bishop Stang.