Martha’s Vineyard girls clinch state hockey tournament berth

Vineyarders Emily Hammett, Alex Clark (hidden), Haven Huck, Kylie Hatt, and Callie Jackson celebrate a first period goal against Cape Tech/Nauset. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls hockey team booked a place in the MIAA state Division 2 tournament with a dominating 9-0 win over Cape Tech/Nauset Saturday afternoon at the MV Arena.

Alex Clark scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Vineyarders, who improved to 9-2-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the Southeast Mass. Girls Hockey League (SEMGHL) Southeast Division. Meg Burke notched her first varsity goal to go with an assist. Callie Jackson scored a pair of goals, while Kylie Hatt, Sydney Davies, Emily Hammett, and Julia Levesque each tallied once. Haven Huck had two assists; Davies, Hammett, and Belle Dinning had one apiece.

The Vineyarders outshot the overmatched Crusading Warriors 24-0 in the first period and 52-5 for the game. The girls host Bishop Stang in league play Wednesday at 3:30 pm.

MV girls beat Dolphins in battle for first place
The tournament clinching win aside, the highlight of the Vineyard season to date came Friday afternoon at the Tony Kent Arena in South Dennis. Martha’s Vineyard and Dennis-Yarmouth came into the game unbeaten in league play and tied for first place. The Vineyarders returned home with the top spot to themselves following a 3-2 win. Sydney Davies scored the game winner in the third period by banging in a rebound from Callie Jackson’s initial shot. Emily Hammett set the winning play in motion and earned an assist.

“We had the best period we’ve played all year,” coach John Fiorito said of the Vineyarders, who held D-Y to just three shots on goal in the final period. “It was probably the biggest regular season hockey game we’ve ever had. It was a great back and forth game and everybody played well.” Winning goalie Julia Bettencourt also had a solid game between the pipes.

The teams traded goals in the first period. The Dolphins scored first, then Sydney Davies equalized for the Vineyarders with 4:52 left, assisted by Aubrey Ashmun and Olivia Ogden.  Ashmun put the visitors up 2-1 just 1:27 into the second stanza but D-Y tied the game 48 seconds later.

Vineyarders rally to beat North Quincy
Wednesday afternoon in Quincy, Belle Dinning scored twice in the third period, lifting the Vineyard girls to a 5-3 win over North Quincy.

“That was Belle’s best varsity game,” coach Fiorito said. “She was the player of the game. She played hard, she played wonderfully.”

Twice the Vineyarders trailed. The hosts took a 2-0 first period lead with goals ten minutes apart. Sydney Davies got one back for M.V. before the intermission. Aubrey Ashmun tied the game early in the second period. The Vineyarders dominated play in the middle session but again fell behind before Callie Jackson tied the game at 3-3 by snapping in a goal from the high slot.