Girl skaters drop 7-4 non-league contest to Marblehead

HOPE MELANSON, a freshman forward (#2), scored two out of the four Warrior goals in a non-league game against Marblehead last night at the Stoneham Arena. (Donna Larsson File Photo)

HOPE MELANSON, a freshman forward (#2), scored two out of the four Warrior goals in a non-league game against Marblehead last night at the Stoneham Arena. (Donna Larsson File Photo)

Published in the January 19, 2017 edition.


STONEHAM — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ hockey team hosted Marblehead High last night in a non-league game and lost by a 7-4 score at the Stoneham Arena.

Marblehead scored early and Wakefield soon found itself down 4-0 in the first period. Having been drubbed 11-1 by Burlington on Saturday, it would’ve been easy for Wakefield to fold up the tent and give in, but the Warriors regrouped and came back strong.

“You’ve got to give it to ‘em. We don’t really roll over and die, which we haven’t done all season, which I’m proud of. That’s definitely a positive out of that one,” said Wakefield coach Jason Lawrence.

It was just a couple of minutes into the game when Marblehead got their first goal, courtesy of Sydney Cresta and a couple of minutes later a goal from Cate Delaney made it 2-0.

Midway through the period  Cresta got her second goal of the game to give Marblehead a 3-0 lead. Delaney scored again, taking advantage of a 2-on-1 situation and Marblehead was now up 4-0.

This prompted a time out from Wakefield and Lawrence was able to settle his team, which seemed to help.

“(We) Just kind of regrouped. I thought we came out a little flat. I just tried to talk about getting back to our game plan, that sort of thing. We’d stepped away from our game plan,” he explained.

Late in the period, Wakefield got a goal from Brooke Lilley to send the teams into the first intermission with the Magicians up 4-1.

Marblehead’s Grace Moroney was called for tripping early in the second period and Wakefield had some scoring chances with Courtney Hill getting a couple of shots on net.

e Lilley and Olivia Cameron also had scoring chances on a later penalty but could not score. Then Lilley came in on Marblehead goalie Sarah Ryan and scored to make it 4-2.

Beth Legget scored from the point when Wakefield goalie Juliette Guanci appeared to be screened to make it 5-2.

Late in the period Wakefield’s Annabella Forziati was called for a four minute major penalty for making head contact. Wakefield spent the end of the second period and the beginning of the third period killing the penalty.

Abby Kalinowski scored a power play goal to make it 6-2, but with the infraction being a major penalty, Marblehead maintained a man advantage for the rest of the penalty. Wakefield was able to successfully continue to kill the rest of the penalty.

“Any time you’ve got a major like that, it’s tough but I thought we did a good job of killing it. We worked hard on the penalty kill and the penalty kill’s been strong all year,” noted Lawrence.

Hope Melanson scored for Wakefield to close the gap to 6-3.

Wakefield dominated much of the third period and scored late in the game on another goal from Melanson, but Marblehead scored just 10 seconds later to make it 7-4 where it would stand.


At Stoneham Arena

Marblehead………..4  1  2 — 7

WAKEFIELD……….1  1   2 — 4


First Period — Mar, Cresta (Fusegni) 1:59. Mar, Delaney (Moroney, Amigo) 3:59. Mar, Cresta (un.) 7:52. Mar, Delaney (Moroney) 8:27. Wak, Lilley (Cameron) 11:51. Penalties — None.

Second Period — Wak, Lilley (un.) 9:04, Mar, Legget (Amigo) 10:26. Penalties —Wak, Cameron (tripping) 3:15; Mar, Moroney (roughing) 7:01; Wak, Cameron (hooking) 11:12; Wak, Forziati, major, (head contact) 13:59.

Third Period — Mar, Kalinowski (Peters) 1:17 (pp). Wak, H. Melanson (Horrigan) 2:00 (sh). Wak, H. Melanson (Cameron) 13:15. Mar, Fusegni (Shatford) 13:25. Penalties — Mar, Perry (holding) 7:29; Wak, S. Melanson (tripping) 10:52.

Shots on Goal — Marblehead 31. Wakefield 27.

Power Plays — Marblehead 1 for 5. Wakefield 0 for 2.

Goalies — Mar, Ryan (27 shots-23 saves). Wak, Guanci (31-24).