Boston High School: Emily Sanidas

Recap: No. 7 Barnstable 3, No. 6 Falmouth

December, 28, 2014
BARNSTABLE, Mass. -- It's one thing for two teams to be familiar with one another, but in the case of the Falmouth and Barnstable girls' hockey teams, it goes a little further.

During the high school season, the two squads are the oldest of rivals, but when they're not representing their schools, the bulk of the two rosters are teammates one of the Cape Cod Storm club teams. A number of the girls played together on the U19 national championship-winning team last spring, and several others were on the U14 team that went to the national tournament.

With their allegiances split down town lines on Saturday night, it was the Red Raiders that prevailed. Barnstable scored three times in the second period, with two goals from Callie Rogorzenski, as they upended the Clippers by a 3-1 score.

Barnstable is now 2-0-0 on the year, Falmouth suffered its first loss, dropping to 4-1-1.

Barnstable Coach Peter Nugnes said that the middle frame has been his team's favorite so far in the young season. “The second periods seem to have been our period this year, it was huge against Sandwich as well.”

Trailing 1-0 after one, thanks to a seeing-eye snap shot by Falmouth defenseman Kendall Stouffer, the Raiders rallied back to pop three past Maddie Scavotto and take control. Rogorzenski had the first two, tying it at 1:04 of the second with a move up the left wing and a snipe to the top shelf.

Barnstable's go-ahead, and insurance, tallies were netted just 47 seconds late in the frame. Rogorzenski got her second when she blocked a slap shot at the blue line by Brooke Bowman, and raced ahead on a 2-on-0 break, with Danielle Derosier riding the right wing. Rogorzenski kept the puck, and snapped it by Scavotto (24 saves) to the near side.

Barnstable remained on the attack and got another one to make it 3-1. Lyndsey Phelan worked the puck out of the right wing corner and flung it to the front of the cage, where Olivia Pearsall chopped it in at 11:42.

Falmouth nearly got one back with 97 seconds left to play in the second, but an early whistle proved very costly. Forward Emily Sanidas bounced a rebound under Olivia Sollows at 13:23, but the referees lost sight of the puck after Kelly Ferreira's initial shot, and blew the whistle.

Coach Erin Hunt did not call the officials out for the mistake, but certainly felt her team lost a golden opportunity. “In a game like this, that's close, every goal counts and it would be helpful to have that, but we can't change what the official calls, so it is what it is,” she said.

Nugnes credited his goaltender and defense with being the difference in the game. With the lead in hand, Sollows made three big saves on a Falmouth power play following the non-goal, and halted the four FHS bids in the third that she saw, on her way to a 24 save evening.

“She didn’t see the fisrt goal, she never saw it. But if she sees them she usually stops them,” Nugnes said. “A lot of people talk about how good [Scavotto] is, but I think we've got a pretty good goaltender over here, too.

“Olivia is huge, the whole team plays different in front of her and than other goalies we’ve had before, she’s focused all the time.”

In the third period, the Raiders slowed the tempo and kept the Clippers from using their speed. Falmouth managed just four shots on goal during the period. Sollows best stop came on fellow freshman Emma Callahan, kicking aside an early backhand bid.

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – It was apparent the Burlington wasn’t going to go quietly. But it was Falmouth’s decision to fight fire with fire that delivered the Clippers a double-overtime victory over the upstart Red Devils.

While Burlington pushed the defending Division 2 girls’ hockey state finalists to their limit, scoring a late third-period goal to force overtime, the experience of Falmouth’s lone senior, Alexa Scribner, lifted the Clippers to a 4-3 victory in the second overtime period.

“We just had to keep up the energy,” Scribner said of Falmouth’s overtime effort. “Even though they were getting a lot of shots on us, we still could get shots on them because we could get in their zone for most of the game, so we had confidence.”

Falmouth (15-2-4) controlled play and outshot the Red Devils (15-5-1), 6-1, in a scoreless first period. The Clippers only intensified their dominance in time-of-possession during the second period, while peppering Burlington goaltender Cassidy Smith (29 saves) with 15 shots.

Burlington was first on the board, however, as eighth-grade sensation Kelly Browne tallied her first of two goals at 2:19 of the second. The lead would be short-lived though, as Falmouth countered just 29 seconds later on Emily Sanidas’ wrister set up by Scribner (1 G, 1A) and Kelly Ferreira (1 G, 1 A).

Falmouth claimed its first lead of the game at 9:12 of the second on a power-play snipe from Maddi Haberl.

“We just tried to use our speed,” Clippers head coach Erin Hunt said. “We have a lot of kids that have a lot of speed, too, so we just wanted to get pucks on net and crash for the rebounds. That was the game plan, and play a little more defensively, get them deep in the corner and because we were able to turn their ‘D’ around and use our speed.”

The Clippers were victimized by a defensive zone turnover leading up to Browne’s second goal of the game at 1:01 of the third.

Following the tying goal, the Red Devils continued the onslaught with a string of three straight power plays, including a 42-second 5-on-3 advantage around the two-minute mark. Falmouth clamped down in its own zone, only allowing one shot to get through to Madison Scavotto during the 5-on-3.

“They got that goal, but then we killed off those penalties, that was huge for us on the 5-on-3,” Hunt said. “That gave us a little momentum back. They did a nice job [on the PK].”

After skating even for most of the bulk of the period, Falmouth pushed ahead with 4:07 remaining, as Ferreira used a toe-drag to get past a Burlington defenseman and finish up to for a 3-2 lead.

But once again, the Red Devils responded. With a 1:14 remaining, Krista Toscano picked up her second point of the game with the game-tying goal.

After a scoreless first overtime, in which the Clippers outshot Burlington, 4-0, Scribner ended the game at 1:19 of the second extra session.

“I didn’t really look,” Scribner said. “I just shot it because I knew where I was near the net.”

Recap: No. 4 Duxbury 4, No. 3 Falmouth 1

January, 30, 2013

FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Check in with coach Friend Weiler after just about any Duxbury girls hockey game and you are likely to hear mention that, in the biggest games, Hannah Murphy is a lock to step up and do something to help her team win.

Coming up with different superlatives to describe Murphy's play night after night can prove difficult because it happens so often but Weiler may have topped himself when he finished praising his senior captain with the line, "Magic Murphy ruled the day again."

Murphy was indeed magical in a game the third-ranked Dragons had circled on the calendar immediately after a 1-0 loss to Falmouth on Jan. 5. She scored a pair of first period goals, assisted on another, and also helped a key a shorthanded unit that killed off eight power plays in a 4-1 victory over the third-ranked Clippers Wednesday night at Falmouth Arena.

"I'll say it once and I'll say it a thousand times, she plays her biggest in the biggest games," Weiler explained. "She was charged up, she leads by example, she had the girls ready to go today. Character kid. She's Hannah. As I call her, Magic Murphy, ruled the day again."

Murphy first tally happened almost by accident. With the Dragons (13-1-1) on an early power play, Murphy floated out from behind the Falmouth (11-1-1) net looking for a teammate to pass to. Finding no one, she elected instead to shoot and stuck a hard wrist shot over the shoulder of Clippers goalie Maddie Scavotto and under the crossbar for the game's first score at 4:39.

Just under three minutes later, Murphy used the back of the net to her advantage once again, this time trying a backhanded wraparound. Scavotto made the initial stop but Marissa Fichter swooped in and buried the rebound. Murphy proceeded to win the ensuing faceoff, walked and in and drilled home her second goal as Duxbury grabbed a quick 3-0 lead.

"I was kind of low so I was trying to walk out. It was weird," Murphy said of her first goal. "I was looking to the high D and I was like, they're not there and then I just saw that I had the good opening so I shot it."

On the next two, Murphy said, "I think we were pressuring hard and just kept pressuring. I saw an opening, tried to wrap it around and rebound, Marissa was right there. Ten seconds later, we were literally after every goal we were fired up. next goal, won it off the faceoff and went down."

Falmouth got one goal back in the second when Olivia Hough scored her first of the season on a backhander from the slot, but Duxbury shut them down from there and got one final tally in the third from Zoe Griffin.

When facing a goalie the caliber of Scavotto, who came into the game with a minute goals against average of 0.83 and made 28 stops to shut out Duxbury in their last meeting, starting strong was a must.

Normally a team that builds momentum throughout a game, the Dragons came out breathing fire from the time they got off the team bus and the effort was rewarded with the three early markers.

"It's always important to start fast and I really think the girls were buzzing, they were moving around, they were communicating, all of the things that we had worked on," Weiler explained. "When you play a team like Falmouth you've got to maximize your chances and I think we did a good job. High energy, lot of movement around and just continued to keep pressure and pressure and pressure. Lot of shots. If you keep shooting, hopefully eventually they go in right, right?"

The Dragons were whistled for an uncharacteristic 10 penalties in the game, resulting in eight Falmouth power plays. That pressure on the Dragons shorthanded unit but that group - Murphy, Griffin, Liz Collins, Jacqui Nolan, Payton Donato and Carly Campbell - all participated in a sterling performance to keep the Clippers from breaking through at all.

"That was a tough obstacle to climb but the girls rebounded, they worked hard, and they continued to be intense," Weiler said. "They kept the pressure up and they continued to dig down deep in spite of what was going on out there."

In the third, Falmouth displayed much better puck control and did a better job of keeping the puck in the Dragons end, but when all else failed, Rachel Myette (17 saves) was there to make the stops.

"It was definitely a lot of pressure that was put on us but our defensemen were skating up to me saying, 'This is our job, we love playing like this.' It's five on three and they're like, 'Let's go, this is our favorite part of the game' and I'm just like, 'Yeah, keep it up.'"

The Clippers have been dealing with a key injury to top forward Madison Haberl, who has missed several games, and lost Maggie MacDonald early on in last night's contest. That forces other players to step up, and the Clippers got several key contributions that will allow coach Erin Hunt to walk away with some things to feel good about going forward.

"Looking positively, I think we had a lot of our players step up who haven't been getting a lot of ice time and they hung in there and they were competitive and thats great for our team," Hunt explained. "Olivia Hough scored the first goal of the season for her and it was a great goal. I mean, we can play and pass in the neutral zone but usually our goals are the hard working kind and that's what she did. Kelly [Ferreira] was there, too, and they just worked hard in front of the net and those are the goals that we like."

"Emily Sanidas is playing center, she's a freshman, shes backchecking hard, she's all over the place and she's picking up the defensive zone systems," Hunt added. "And we had Casey Eustis a senior...she was a goalie last year, started as a defenseman this year and then we bumped her up to forward with the injuries. She played wing tonight and did a phenomenal job keeping the pucks on the wall and getting them in deep. I think we've got a great team and I'm really happy that they were able to get in and contribute."