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March 23, 2013

Kick Saves: After big gains, have Beverly and Masco turned the corner?

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What’s more, seniors Jones of Masconomet and Ami Thompson of Beverly played every minute of every game this season and were the only goaltenders on their team’s rosters. Pingree senior Aly Heffron was the only goalie on her team’s roster as well, but skated on the wing for one game when fellow senior Mack Foster donned the goalie pads and manned the nets.

Peabody graduates Joanna Ambeliotis, but has a capable middle school understudy in Jillian McCormick, who won three games this winter.

Great teams definitely need help in goal, and it’ll be interesting to see who emerges in that department next season.

It’ll be very difficult for any high school goalie to match Jones, who graduates with Masconomet (and area) records of 44 wins, 2,500 saves and 21 shutouts in her career. She twice had a goals-against average of 1.25 for a season and boasts a career GAA of 2.22, with upward of 4,600 career minutes played over 102 games in five seasons.

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A final word about the overtime fiasco in the Masconomet/Austin Prep Division 1 state tournament game, in which the referees incorrectly enforced a 5:00 overtime and four-round shootout when MIAA rules call for a 12:00 overtime period and a five-round shootout:

It should never happen again.

I believe it was an honest mistake, but it was also a preventable one.

The state should immediately implement rules requiring the person assigning officials to review overtime rules with the refs before the state tournament begins.

In addition, a simple printout with the procedures should be mandatory in the scorer’s box at every state tournament game. This way, the officials can refer to it if they have any questions if the teams are tied at the end of 45 minutes.

There’s simply no good reason to get this wrong in the first place. Not taking steps to make sure it can’t happen again would be even worse.

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