BYFIELD — In a matter of minutes, the Masconomet girls hockey team’s emotions dipped from elation to disappointment at the sharp angle of a roller coaster.
Freshman Kylie Currier’s extra attacker goal with 37 seconds left in regulation gave the Chieftains new life in the Division 1 state tournament against Austin Prep at Governor’s Academy’s Whiston-Bragdon Arena Saturday.
Neither team scored in a single 5:00 overtime, however, and AP’s Maddy Ricci had the only goal of the four-round shootout as the Cougars outlasted the Chieftains, 2-1.
MIAA rules call for a 12:00 overtime and a five-round shootout. Though the officials did not correctly implement the overtime, Masco won’t protest the result of what was a well played, exciting contest.
Masco (14-5-2) pulled goalie Alex Jones with 2:17 to go trailing 1-0. AP goalie Shannon O’Neill (31 saves) denied both Kendra Dow and Jensena Moner as the Chieftains threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the net.
“We realized that we were coming up on the end of our season, and not the end we wanted. We started playing with cautious desperation,” said Masconomet coach Nicole Twomey.
In the final minute, Dow’s shot was sticked aside by O’Neil and Katie Terban won a battle behind the net to free it. She popped it out to Currier in the the slot, and the ninth-grader from Middleton fired it top shelf to end O’Neil’s 89:23 postseason shutout streak on Masco’s 30th shot.
“I wanted to throw it at the net,” said Currier. “Katie got it to me and I saw some space there and just got it to the net.”
After a cautious overtime, the teams went to the shootout. AP’s first shooter hit the post before Ricci scored and Jones made saves on the final two Cougars. For Masco, Terban’s backhander went wide and O’Neil stopped Dow, Currier and Moner to win the shootout, 1-0.