Warriors stage comeback in middle frame, tie Lexington 2-2
SAUGUS — While a lot of good things happened for the Warrior girls’ hockey team in the season opener, the one negative is that it didn’t get the win.
Wakefield and Lexington played to a 2-2 tie last night at the Kasabuski Arena in a Middlesex League crossover game.
The Minutewomen came out strong and tallied two goals in the first period. However, the Warriors didn’t get down on themselves and stormed back with a pair of goals in the second. Both teams had some opportunities in the third period but neither squad was able to net the game-winner.
“It was a pretty even game,” said Coach Jack Foley. “We were a little sluggish in the first period. Miriam Wood made a lot of nice saves for us.”
Wood, a senior, faced 36 shots total and turned away 34 of them.
“We had a much better second period. We got a couple of goals late in the period,” said Foley. “In the third period, both teams had their opportunities and both hit a post. The girls worked hard and it was a really good effort. We have a young team, many of them playing hockey for the first time and they’ll improve.”
Lexington took a 1-0 lead at 9:32 of the first period. Sophomore forward Emily DeVine scored with the assist going to junior forward Brigid Avery.
The visitors made it 2-0 at 11:54. Eighth grade forward Carly Kreytak scored the second goal with DeVine and Avery earning the assists.
The game remained 2-0 until the Warriors stormed back with two goals in the second which were both tallied by junior assistant captain and forward Julianne Bourque.
Bourque’s first goal came at 6:37 with the assist going to eighth grader Brooke Lilley. The goal was scored on a 2-on-1 break. Bourque passed to Lilley. Lilley, who is the daughter of former Warrior great John Lilley, held the puck for a second or two and then fed the puck back to Bourque who redirected it past eighth grade goalie Abby Ortyl.
Bourque’s second goal came at 13:18 and was on the power play. Freshman defenseman Courtney Hill and sophomore defenseman Megan Kerrigan earned the two assists.
Wakefield had 25 shots total and put two goals up on the scoreboard. That was despite senior captain and forward Meghan Guarino, Wakefield’s leading scorer, was out with an injury. Foley hopes Guarino will be back next week.
The Warriors will have a tough test on Saturday night (5:30 p.m.) when it takes on Reading at the Kasabuski Arena.
At Kasabuski Arena, Saugus
Lexington……….2 0 0 — 2
WAKEFIELD……0 2 0 — 2
First Period — Lex, DeVine (Avery) 9:32. Lex, Kreytak (DeVine, Avery) 11:54.
Second Period — Wak, Bourque (Lilley) 6:37. Wak, Bourque (Hill, Kerrigan) 13:18 (pp).
Third Period — No Scoring.
Goalies — Lex, Ortyl (25 shots-23 saves). Wak, Wood (36-34).