Westford Falls in Overtime of Girls Hockey Semifinal
Though the Grey Ghosts erased a 2-0 third period deficit, Arlington Catholic came back to win in overtime and eliminate the locals.
It was a season to remember for the Westford Academy girls hockey team. But it was an ending the Grey Ghosts will likely hope to forget.
Westford wiped out a 2-0 third period lead to force overtime, but defending champion Arlington Catholic netted the game-winner with 9:03 to play in overtime to win the Division 1 semifinal contest, 3-2, at Chelmsford Forum.
Bretta Beer fired home the team's first goal of the game just 49 seconds into the third period, pulling the Grey Ghosts within a single tally. The Cougars had the chance to ice the game with 4:29 left, but goalie Kerry Pouliot stoned a penalty shot chance to give her team life.
With 3:00 to go in the game, Westford was forced to skate shorthanded after being whistled for a penalty. But Kathryn Walker poked the puck free in neutral ice and skated towards goal. She was taken down and awarded a penalty shot of her own, a chance she cashed in on to force overtime.
But head coach Todd Fletcher's charges were eliminated soon after, ending their tournament run one game shy of the state championship tilt.
"From top to bottom we had a special group of seniors. They went out in style. We fought right until the end," said Fletcher. "Just them being around this envorinment, playing in the middle of March, it's great. They got a taste of that and now they want more."
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