Girls Hockey Opens Season with 1-1 Tie vs. Matignon


by Dakota Antelman


by Dakota Antelman

The Algonquin/Hudson/Nashoba/Marlboro co-op Girls Hockey team took the ice for the first time on Sunday, playing Matignon High School to a 1-1 tie.

The game was part of the day-long Reagan Summit tournament held at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro. Teams each played two periods of hockey in front of large crowds which turned out in force for what many deem the annual beginning of the hockey season.

Despite intermittent Algonquin rushes up the ice, Matignon dictated much of the play in the first period, pelting Hudson sophomore, and T-Hawk starting goalie, Elizabeth Cautela with 15 shots. Cautela was strong in her 2015-2016 debut, stopping every shot she faced in the first period.

T-Hawks coach Jay Monfrieda turned goaltending duties over to Angie Ferro for the second period. Nevertheless, the T-Hawks offense managed to keep the Warriors offense at bay. A part of that sustained attack, the T-Hawks quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Hudson sophomore Kayla Currin.

Matignon did not take long to answer however. Moments after Currin put the T-Hawks on top, the Warriors were able to race down the ice and put the game-tying shot past Ferro.

Knotted at 1-1, the T-Hawks and Matignon spent the final ten minutes of the game battling for puck possession and, in turn, shots on net. The T-Hawks defense was able to stifle the Matignon offense in the second period, allowing just nine shots, eight of which Ferro saved.

With the Reagan Summit behind them, the T-Hawks now turn their attention to next Saturday’s regular season opener against Leominster.