- Scott Barboza, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.”