MOA Warriors - Varsity Girls Ice Hockey
The MOA Warriors dropped their 2nd in a row with a 2-1 loss to King Philip. Some nice passing by Cat Luciano and Isabelle Shanteler found MacKenzie Fraser open out front for an early lead. But KP tied it up with :16 left to make it 1-1. Each team traded shots (and penalties) but KP got a shorthanded goal late to go up 2-1 with just under four minutes left in the game and the MOA Warriors could not respond with their goalie pulled just under two minutes.
The undefeated Canton Bulldogs continued their winning ways as they beat the MOA Warriors 3-1 at the Canton Ice House. The Bulldogs capitalized quickly as they converted on an early power play opportunity. Isabelle Shantler got the lone goal soon after with assists going to Cat Luciano and Melissa Shanteler. The Bulldogs answered with a second goal with just over minute left in the first period and put away an empty net goal to seal the win in the third period.
In a defensive and goaltending showcase, the Franklin Panthers and the MOA Warriors played to a 0-0 draw at the Rodman Ice Arena in Walpole. The shutouts went to Cate Gallagher and Franklin's Natalie Stott. In a penalty filled affair, each of the goaltenders faced multiple power play and even strength shots.
The MOA Warriors blanked the Ursuline Academy Bears 3-0 in a home game at the Foxboro Sports Center. Cat Luciano and Isabelle Shanteler combined for all three goals while Cate Gallagher earned the shutout in net. Shanteler got the eventual game winner with 3 minutes left in the first from a pass from behind the net from Luciano. The score stayed until the third when Luciano split the Ursuline power play, got a shot on net and Shanteler got the short handed tally. Luciano got an empty netter to seal the win.
In the first of a home and home series with Medfield/Norton, the MOA Warriors fell 3-0 in a pre-holiday tilt at Rodman Arena in Walpole. Both teams had solid defense and goaltending, but penalties hurt the Warriors and Medfield/Norton made the most of their chances.
The Warriors mout have got goals in their stocking as they beat Medfield/Norton by a score of 5-0 in a post-Christmas game at the Foxboro Sports Center. Isabelle Shanteler (Mansfield) led all scorers with two goals.
Lily O'Brien (Mansfield) got the scoring started just 2 1/2 minutes into the game as her passing attempt deflected off a Medfield/Norton defender and past the M/N tender. It looked like penalties would again cost the Warriors as they had to fight off multiple penalties, including a five minute major. But the first ended at 1-0.
Killing off another penalty early in the second, Shanteler was coming on the ice on a change as Cat Luciano (Foxboro) cleared the puck. The streaking Shanteler went in alone and faked out the goalie for a 2-0 lead. Shanteler scored again three minutes later, this time on the power play, as Warrior puck movement got Medfield/Norton players out of position and Shanteler hit a wide open net. Before Medfield/Norton could regroup, the Warriors came down right off the faceoff and Luciano fired a rocket top corner for a 4-0 score. The Warriors ended the period as they started as Kristina O'Connell (Mansfield) came out of the penalty box, got behind the defense and went in alone for another breakaway goal for a 5-0 lead. Medfield/Norton came out firing in the third but the MOA defense helped goalie Cate Gallagher (Easton) get her first high school career shut out.
The MOA Warriors opened the 2017-2018 season with an 8-1 non-league win over the Dover Sherborn / Hopkinton Raiders Sunday. Senior Catherine Luciano (Foxboro) led all scorers with a hat trick and one assist.
Holy Cross hockey commit Luciano got the Warriors on the board just 6 minutes into the game as she finished a give and go with junior Isabelle Shanteler (Mansfield) with a one-timer past the DS/H goalie. Freshman Alex Ledin (Foxboro) also assisted on the goal. After the Raiders put one on the board, the Warriors first line answered right back with Shanteler stuffing the wrap around after assists from Luciano and MacKezie Fraser (Foxboro).
The second period started the same way as Luciano scored off a two person rush with Shanteler to make it 3-1. After that, it was all Warriors. After a pass by freshman Megan O'Hara (Mansfield) to senior Kayla Dalton (Mansfield), Dalton got it to senior Kristina O'Connell (Mansfield) for the one-timer and a 4-1 lead. A minute later freshman Emma Garland (Mansfield) put home the rebound off a Lindsey Corning (Mansfield) shot. It was Garland again with just :02 to go in the 2nd to give the Warriors a 6-1 lead going into the break.
In the third, freshman Tess Luciano (Foxboro) put home a rebound after shots by another freshman, Melissa Shanteler (Mansfield) and Corning. Finally, Catherine Luciano earned her hat trick with an unassisted goal. Senior Kerran Holmes (Mansfield) and Freshman Cate Gallagher (Easton) split the game in net.
The future looks bright for the Warriors as all lines got ice time and helped seal the win. Players contributing to the win, but not on the scoresheet included seniors Emily Bubencik, Nikki Mann, and Jillian Peppard, junior Danae Reager, sophomores Meghann Panarello, Raven Boswell, Ellie Waters, and Liz Healy, as well as freshman Ella Waryas, Emma Pereira Ellie Weinstein, and Lily O'Brien.
For the first time, a Hockomock League title will be awarded in girl's hockey. The MOA Warriors start their title quest this Saturday, 12:30pm against Hock foe Franklin at Pirelli Veterans Arena in Franklin.
MOA faced off at the Canton Ice House against a Westwood team that had only lost one game this season. Westwood came out early and score 2 quick goals to go up 2-0. This seemed to wake up the Warriors as MOA started to put more pressure and pick up the pace after those 2 quick goals. The Westwood goaltender turned aside many shots from the Warriors during the 2nd and 3rd period. In the waning minutes of the 3rd period, MOA finally got on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal by Junior forward Emily Ierardo with nice assists from Junior MacKenzie Fraser and Freshman Shayna Menzer to bring the score to 3-1.
The MOA Warriors went up against Stoughton at Devine Arena and came out firing with 6 goals in the first period. Junior forward Catherine Luciano and Sophomore forward MacKenzie Fraser each scored twice in the opening period. Junior forward Madison Haughey and Sophomore forward Lindsey Corning each scored a goal apiece to bring the score to 6-0 after one period. Luciano picked up her 3rd hat trick of the season with her third goal of the game in the second period. Freshman forward Ellie Waters scored in the third to get bring the final score to 8-0.
Junior forward Emily Ierardo picked up 2 assists in the game. Junior forward Jill Peppard, Sophomore's Maggie Riley and Fraser and Freshman defender Shayna Menzer each picked up an assist. Junior goalie Kerran Holmes was outstanding as usual in net and picked up her first shut out of the season.
The MOA Warriors went to play a Stoneham team that was 6-3 on the season. After a scoreless 1st period, Sophomore forward Isabelle Shanteler scored at the 5 minute mark of the second period off a great pass from Junior forward Catherine Luciano. Stoneham tied it up a couple minutes later and then went up 2-1 with around a minute left in the second. The Warriors came out hard in the 3rd period and Freshman defenseman Shayna Menzer tied it up with around 6 minutes left in the third. Stoneham got a penalty right after the goal by Menzer and the MOA power play scored around 45 seconds into the powerplay with a goal by Sophomore forward MacKenzie Fraser with assists by Luciano and Shanteler to go up 3-2. Menzer scored an empty net goal with 30 seconds left in the game to make the final 4-2. Junior goalie Kerran Holmes turned away many difficult shots by a solid Stoneham team to help lead her team to MOA's 4th win of the season.
The MOA Warriors had 2 game winning streak going into the game against a tough King Phillip team they had lost to earlier in the season. MOA opened up the scoring with Junior forward Madison Haughey taking a feed from Senior Captain Brynne Levine and scoring at the 10:46 mark of the first period. The score remained 1-0 until KP tied it up at 14:22 of the second period. KP then went up 2-1 at 5:14 of the second. As they did in their previous game against Stoneham, MOA came out in flying in the third period. Junior forward Catherine Luciano scored a shorthanded goal at 8:16 off a pass from Sophomore forward Isabelle Shanteler to tie it up 2-2. Then Junior forward Emily Ierardo took over and scored at the 7:18 mark of the third to go up 3-2 with the assist coming from Freshman defenseman Shayne Menzer and then Ierardo outhustled 2 KP defenders to score a great goal to go up 4-2. The assist went to Haughey and that was the final score. Junior goalie Kerran Holmes was again key to the win making several tough saves against a strong KP team.
On Teacher Appreciation night, the MOA Warriors squared off against a tough Medway-Ashland team. The Warriors played a tough game but couldn't capitalize on some good scoring chances. The line of Junior forwards Kristina O'Connell and Kayla Dalton plus senior captain Heather Bubencik were strong on the forecheck all night long. Defensively, the MOA squad of senior captain Lizzie Miller, sophmores Denea Reager, Ally Delano and Emily Bubencik as well as freshman Shayna Menzer did a good job of limiting the number of shots on goaltender Kerran Holmes, who was outstanding turning away 22 shots during the game. Unfortunately, Medway-Ashland was able to put away 2 goals to win the game 2-0.
After playing a game the night before, the MOA Warriors girls ice hockey team had an 11am game against the Medfield Warriors. Medfield went up 1-0 with a quick goal 45 seconds into the game. MOA tied it up at 4:00 in the first with a power play goal when junior forward Madison Haughey tipped in a blast from freshman defenseman Shayna Menzer from the point. The tough MOA team then started to carry the play starting with a fantastic breakaway goal from junior Kayla Dalton at the 5:00 mark of the second. A minute and 20 second after than, sophomore Isabelle Shanteler scored with assists coming from linemates sophomore MacKenzie Fraser and junior Catherine Luciano. Medfield came back quickly though with a goal of their own around 20 seconds later to make it 3-2 with MOA in front heading into the 3rd period. MOA went up 4-2 at the 11:55 mark of the 3rd when Luciano out hustled the Medfield defense to put a backhander past the Medfield keeper with an assist coming from Shanteler. Medfield brought it back to 4-3 with a goal at the 4:35 mark to keep it close. MOA put the game away with 2 empty net goals by junior Emily Ierardo and Shanteler to win the game 6-3. Junior goaltender Kerran Holmes was exceptional once again by stopping 17 shots during the game. Senior captain defenseman Lizzie Miller played a great game playing sound defense and picking up 2 assists.
The MOA Warriors faced off against the #14 ranked team in the state, Westwood. MOA opened the scoring at the 6:30 mark of the second period when sophomore forward Isabelle Shanteler found linemate sophomore MacKenzie Fraser skating towards the net and Fraser shot it top corner over the Westwood goalie's shoulder. Less than 3 minutes later, at the 3:51 mark, Shanteler found junior Catherine Luciano in front of the net for a one-timer that found the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead into the third period. MOA knew the strong Westwood team would not go away quietly, and Westwood came out and scored the next 2 goals in the third to tie up the game 2-2. MOA continued to put pressure on the Westwood defense and at 4:45, Luciano scored the game-winner with an unassisted goal high over the goalie's shoulder. Junior goaltender Kerran Holmes turned away several strong Westwood chances for 25 saves in the game. The defense of senior Captain Lizzie Miller, junior Emily Bubencik, sophomores Danae Reager and Ally Delano and freshman Shayna Menzer all played outstanding defense containing a powerful Westwood offense. The line of senior Captain Brynne Levine and juniors Madison Haughey and Emily Ierardo had many scoring chances throughout the game and the line of senior captain Heather Bubencik and juniors Kristina O'Connell and Kayla Dalton, with sophomore Lindsey Corning helpinig out, had constant pressure on the Westwood defense with strong forecheck. It was a great team win by the MOA Warriors.