Brissette powers Athol stickers to 3-0 victory on 'Senior Night'
ATHOL — Senior Night became Holly Brissette Night as the forward celebrated her final home game with her first career hat trick and a 3-0 victory over Turners Falls, Thursday night.
Brissette and classmates Kaitlyn Hart, Erika Teague and Alicia Lachance were recognized before the contest for their contributions to the program. Following the introductions, Brissette went to work in front of the home crowd to turn in the best game of her career.
“For Holly to get a hat trick on ‘Senior Night’ is amazing,” said Athol head coach Sarah King. “This was her best game ever and I could not be happier for her.”
While Brissette provided the offense, the entire team played brilliantly in the win and their coach took notice.
“I am so proud of this team,” said King. “We came out stronger and truly gave it our all for the entire game. They knew it was their last home game and left it all on the field.”
Brissette showcased her speed from the onset as she carried down the right side and fired wide just 25 seconds into the contest.
Brissette would eventually convert with 11:48 left in the first half to give Athol a 1-0 lead. She used a self-start to blow past a Turners’ defender and rocketed a shot from five yards out into the cage.
In the 22nd minute, Nina Alvarez fired a shot just wide on a corner play that could have upped Athol’s lead.
Brissette knocked in a rebound 9:11 into the second half for a 2-0 lead. The play developed off of a long hit and a cross found Lexi Cucchi in front of the net. Cucchi’s shot was turned aside, but Brissette poked in the rebound.
Brissette completed the hat trick by knocking in a pass from Maddie Truehart with 6:16 remaining.
Hudson Carlson turned aside 10 shots to preserve the shutout. Teague and Lachance were outstanding in front on Carlson to anchor the defense. Truehart also played a great game.
The win was the third of the season for Athol after consecutive winless campaigns. The victory also avenged a 3-1 loss to the Indians in the season-opener.
“We were still figuring out who to put where and how to gel as a team back then,” said King. “This shows how much we have improved.”
Athol (3-13-1) closes its season with a trip to Frontier today. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was washed out.