Women’s hockey: Cheverus passes Falmouth
The Cheverus women’s hockey team has youth and skill in abundance, and that was on display Wednesday afternoon when the Stags hosted Falmouth at Troubh Ice Arena.
Cheverus, a co-op team that also includes two players from Kennebunk and one each from Old Orchard Beach and Windham, had a sophomore hat trick Maddie Doherty, two goals and three assists from sophomore Mikayla Tarbox and one goal and three assists in the first year. Lucy Johnson in an 8-0 win – her third in a row.
Cheverus is 6-1-1.
âIt’s reassuring to know it’s going to be like this for a while,â Doherty said. “I think we have great chemistry together.”
Falmouth (5-3) tested Cheverus goalie Ella Lemieux early, but Lemieux (17 saves) turned down Kate Kinley seconds into the game, then stopped a Trinity Grenier shot and a Kinley rebound later in the game. the period.
âWe had to capitalize on the few chances we had, but their defense stifled them and if they didn’t, (Lemieux) was right in the lead,â said Navigators coach Rob Carrier.
The Stags took the lead at 4:39 of the first period when Johnson handed the puck to Talbot, who beat Navigators goaltender Whitney Adams.
It looked like the score would stay at 1-0 until the end of the period, but with 18 seconds left, Olivia Bradford got a loose puck, skated in a breakaway, faked Adams to move it to her left , then finished for a 2-0 advantage.
The second period started off unorthodox, with Adams out of the ice battling an equipment problem, but Falmouth’s defense held their own in front of an open net and Bradford narrowly missed the target. After Adams came back, the Johnson-Talbot combination hit 2:45 again in the period, as Johnson placed the puck directly on Adams’ stick and Adams hit it home for a 3 lead. -0.
With 3:32 left in the second, Cheverus struck again as Doherty scored in front after Talbot, operating behind the goal, set it up (Johnson was also credited with an assist), and the Stags took a four-goal advantage in the third period.
Then, Cheverus blew it up.
At just 11 seconds, Johnson scored unassisted and shorthanded.
After senior Clare MacDonald added a sixth goal, Doherty completed her hat trick with two last-minute goals, both assisted by Talbot.
âMikayla had all of my assists, and I helped both Lucy and Mikayla,â Doherty said. âWe all help each other. “
“This will be our team going forward,” added deer coach Scott Rousseau. âIt’s very exciting to set up this Talbot-Lucy Johnson-Doherty line. We have considered this line all year round.
The Navigators, who got 22 saves from Adams, are looking to regroup quickly.
âIt was really the only blowout we’ve had all season and every other game has been close,â Carrier said. âWe will be working to improve over the next few weeks. We have tough games against Cape and Lewiston and we’ll be focusing on the rest of the season.
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