Martha’s Vineyard girls book return trip to state hockey tourney

Kassidy Bettencourt (left) and Erin Hegarty congratulate goalie Katy Smith after the Vineyarders defeated Cape Tech/Nauset 10-3, Wednesday afternoon at the M.V. Arena to qualify for post-season play. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard girls varsity hockey team booked a return trip to the MIAA state hockey tournament with a 10-3 win over Cape Tech/Nauset (CTN) Wednesday afternoon at the M.V. Arena.

The Vineyarders came into the game needing two points in their final six games to qualify for post season play and took care of business quickly against a young, outmanned Cape Tech/Nauset team. M.V. lit the lamp seven times in the first period and led 10-2 after two periods.

Aubrey Ashmun netted a hat trick, junior Alex Clark scored twice, her first varsity goals, and Megan Hurley scored her first varsity goal. The other Vineyard goals were scored by Emily Cimeno, Callie Jackson, Kassidy Bettencourt, and Belle Dinning. Assists went to Emily Cimeno (2), Alex Clark, Belle Dinning, Emily Hammett, Sydney Minnehan, Skylah Forend, Kassidy Bettencourt, Erin Hegarty, and Dylan Brockmeyer. Katy Smith got the start in net and picked up her third win of the season.

Considering the score, the Vineyarders kept the celebrations muted after the big win.

“I was worried about the game,” Head Coach John Fiorito said.

“No, I was worried,” Assistant Coach Andre Bonnell interjected with emphasis.

“We don’t have a lot of games like that on our schedule,” Coach Fiorito said, “So people who haven’t gotten to play a lot got to play.”

The coach had special praise for junior Alex Clark, who had a three point night. “She’s worked so hard. She was a figure skater for years. People couldn’t be happier for her…she didn’t play at all last year and she’s become a big part of our team.”

The Vineyarders (9-4-2) are set to host Sandwich, one of the best teams on the schedule, weather permitting, Saturday at 1 pm