Boston High School: Sophie Layton
January, 4, 2012
By Matt Noonan | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Rivers girls' hockey picked up their sixth win of the season in a convincing manner, as the Red Wings pummeled St. George’s, 7-0, during the opener to the second day of Frozen Fenway on Wednesday.
“We’re always working to improve our offense, and to get the puck to net, to keep it simple in the offensive zone, and shoot,” Rivers head coach Melissa Dolan said. “[We] came out strong, ready to go, and I’m always happy to see that.”
Rivers played their best offensive hockey of the season, as their seven goals marks the most points they’ve scored through nine contests.
“I think it was a good win. We really finally came together, and really moved the puck well,” Rivers senior co-captain Taylor Cross said. “Overall, it was a good win.”
Following the opening face-off, Rivers (6-3-0) became quite comfortable in the St. George’s (0-7-0) zone, as they potted three goals off 14 shots, which came off the sticks of freshmen Lyndsey Smith and Kayleigh Rahbany, and sophomore Ellie DeCaprio.
“Going onto the ice for our first shift, we [decided] that we’re just going to go out there, and try to [score] and that’s what we did,” Rivers senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti.
The Red Wings extended their lead in the second when sophomore Jordan Cross recorded her first of two assists by connecting with senior co-captain Janelle Ferrara, and then sister and senior co-captain Taylor Cross a few minutes later.
“That was [a nice goal],” Taylor said with a chuckle. “I give her a lot of stuff for being my little sister playing, but I can’t argue with that goal because it was kind of cool, especially being [at Fenway], and getting the assist for her, too.”
Rivers concluded the game by adding two more goals during the third and final frame, as senior co-captain Hitti and sophomore Alexa Holmes notched two shots that sailed past back-up goaltender senior Sophie Layton.
“[There] was definitely a lot of good energy [on the ice]. We were really looking forward to it, and it was just everything we expected,” said Ferrara.
St. George’s offense struggled to produce offensive rushes or shots, as the Dragons finished the contest with just seven shots on net.
“[Winning today’s game] is great for team chemistry going forward. We’ve got Brooks up next, and we’re hoping to build momentum as we go,” Dolan said. “We’re getting better every game, and that’s the goal.”
FERRARA NOTCHES 100th
Senior co-captain Janelle Ferrara doesn’t exactly remember when she recorded her first goal in a Red Wings uniform, but certainly, she won’t forget scoring her 100th goal at Fenway Park.
The milestone occurred during the second period when Rivers scored a shorthanded goal.
“It was just a fun experience to be out there, and do it with my team,” said Ferrara, when asked to describe her goal. “We played really well together.”
Dolan congratulated Ferrara after the game concluded, and so did her teammates, too.