The seniors on the Fontbonne hockey team won the Division 2 state title as freshmen, and after not making it to the tournament last year, Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Milton in the preliminary round granted them a chance to repeat.
“The girls are excited, I’m excited. I’m probably more nervous than they are,” said coach Bob Huxley, whose Ducks are 12-7-2.
Behind a play from the Ducks’ top scoring line of junior Shannon McIsaac, senior McKenna Russell, and freshman Katie Nolan, they broke a 1-1 tie with three minutes left in regulation at Shea Rink.
McIsaac and Russell teamed up on the forecheck, and sent the puck to Nolan waiting on the post to knock home the winner.
“Great team effort by the three of them together,” Huxley said.
Huxley doesn’t number his lines, but identifies with colors — gray, red, white, and gold — and the trio make up his gray line.
“[It] gives all the girls a better feeling about themselves and the team,” he said. “They are a color rather than a number.”
After the Ducks broke the tie, Milton attempted to match the pressure by pulling its goalie for an extra forward.
With the Wildcats attacking freshman goalie Jessica Olibieri (19 saves), the gray line again made its presence known as Nolan scored her second goal of the night. She picked up a rebound and one-timed it into the empty net with :03 left on the clock to advance to the first round.
Scituate 4, Old Rochester 2 — Chris DeAngelo led the Sailors with a pair of goals.
St. John’s Prep 91, Billerica 61 — The Eagles were led by Max Butterbrodt’s 19 points.
Everett 77, East Boston 55 — The Crimson were led by senior guard Tyree Gregory with 22 points.
Wakefield 55, Malden Catholic 46 — The Warriors were led by senior Kendall Hamilton, who had 16 points and six rebounds.
Minuteman 71, South Boston 56 — Sophomore Darrel Akins scored 19 points and junior Brandan Robinson added 15 points to lead the Mustangs.
Lowell Catholic 59, Maimonides 40 — Junior forward Mustapha Koroma led the Crusaders with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Regan scored 20.
Newton South 56, West Roxbury 54 — Phil Levine-Cablo made a layup with 10 seconds left to give the Lions the lead. Deion Arneaud led the victors with 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Central Catholic 71, Woburn 44 — Senior center Casey McLaughlin had 34 points, 16 rebounds, 6 steals, and 3 blocks for the Raiders.
Fenway 51, Notre Dame (Lawrence) 23 — Senior Tajanay Veiga-Lee scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers as she eclipsed the 2,000-point career scoring mark.
Belmont 69, Charlestown 31 — Katie Leinbach paced the Marauders with 19 points, and teammate Olivia Lyons added 18.
East Bridgewater 53, Rockland 45 — Sophomore Olivia Signori led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 16 rebounds.