BAILEY McDEVITT (12) scored two goals against Arlington on Saturday night. (Dan Pawlowski File Photo)

ARLINGTON — The Wakefield High girls’ hockey team traveled to Arlington on Saturday night to play what many consider to be the best team in the state. The Spy Ponders entered the game with an overall record of 15-1-1, ranked 2nd in the MIAA’s Div. 1 power ratings behind only undefeated Austin Prep. 

The Warriors, who have been focusing on improvement during a tough season, showed plenty of promise. Arlington went up 2-0 after one and pushed the lead to 5-0 in the 2nd period.

Wakefield revealed their character in the 3rd period, outscoring their opponents 3-1 to account for the final score of 6-3 Arlington. 

Wakefield got two goals from senior captain Bailey McDevitt and one from senior captain Olivia Johnsen. 

Assists on the three goals went to senior captain Maeve Recene, junior Charlotte Rossicone, sophomore Fiona Recene and freshman Maddy Taylor.

Wakefield’s first came early in the period after a long bank pass up the right boards by Taylor. McDevitt skated onto it in the neutral zone and used a power move plus a kick of the right skate to get it past one final defender before finishing low on the backhand. 

The Warriors made it 5-2 with 12:14 left in the 3rd when McDevitt tipped in a point shot from Rossicone. McDevitt cleanly won an offensive zone faceoff back to Rossicone who wasted no time in firing a wrist shot that McDevitt was ready to deflect at about the faceoff dot. 

That goal certainly got the attention of the Spy Ponders who were forced to turn it up a notch. Senior captain Abby Boudreau, who faced plenty of shots in this one, did a good job of keeping Arlington at bay until the home team made it 6-2 with about eight minutes to play. 

The Warriors got the final say on a quality play all around. Junior Ava Gustafson won the puck back in the defensive zone after a great back check and Olivia Johnsen played it from behind her own net along the boards to sophomore Fiona Recene who touched it right back to Johnsen in stride for a perfect give and go. Johnsen’s skating created a 3-on-1 and she dished it to senior captain Maeve Recene on the left wing in the neutral zone. Recene carried it deep and centered it, the goalie getting a piece but Johnsen scoring on the rebound with 48 seconds left. 

Wakefield didn’t get the win, but proved to themselves that they can skate with the very best in the state at any level. The Warriors won’t qualify for the state tournament but they can finish their season strong tomorrow when they travel to Boch Ice Center in Dedham at 4:50 p.m. to play a talented Medfield/Norton team (12-6). The local Warriors were edged by the Medfield Warriors 2-1 on Dec. 28 at the Stoneham Arena.