Girls Hockey: Deerfield Academy picks up the pace in win over NMH

  • Deerfield Academy’s Keri Clougherty (7) cuts up the ice between Northfield Mount Hermon’s Celia Begonia (15) and Lauren Carpenter (28) during their game Wednesday afternoon at McCollum Arena in Gill. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Northfield Mount Hermon’s Emma Chaffee (2) fights for possession against Deerfield Academy’s Brianna Felice (5) and Ellia Chiang (21) during their game Wednesday afternoon at McCollum Arena in Gill. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Deerfield Academy’s Brianna Felice (5) fires a shot against Northfield Mount Hermon during their game Wednesday afternoon at McCollum Arena in Gill. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Northfield Mount Hermon’s Lauren Carpenter (28) clears the puck out against Deerfield Academy during their game Wednesday afternoon at McCollum Arena in Gill. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Northfield Mount Hermon’s Bente Bechtold (19) sends a pass against Deerfield Academy during their game Wednesday afternoon at McCollum Arena in Gill. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/15/2020 10:15:54 PM
Modified: 1/15/2020 11:12:30 PM

GILL — It was a fast and furious attack by the Deerfield Academy girls hockey team against Northfield Mount Hermon Wednesday at McCollum Arena. 

The Big Green flew around the ice for the full 48 minutes of action, getting on the board in the first period before tacking two more goals onto the scoreboard in the second to earn a 3-0 win over the Hoggers. 

“Lately, we’ve been struggling on offense,” Deerfield Academy coach Brooke Fernandez said. “Yesterday at practice, we worked on shooting and I think it showed in the second period.” 

Holding a 1-0 lead, the Big Green (3-8-1) slipped another goal into the net with 13:09 to play in the second period. 

Forward Sara Robert took the puck into the NMH end and held it in the zone. She waited and slid a pass across the crease to a cutting Kailen Coelho, who tapped it into the net to give Deerfield Academy a 2-0 lead. 

The Big Green struck again with 7:19 to play in the second, as forward Erin Howe dished the puck back to Christina Halloran on the blue line. 

The senior blasted a shot on goal that Hogger goalie Breeese Burlingame didn’t even see to put DA up 3-0. 

Fernandez credited her team’s speed for the goals, as the Big Green controlled the puck for the majority of the period. 

“I think we have some really good speed,” Fernandez said. “NMH won a couple of the battles, they’re a little bit stronger to our speed.

Deerfield Academy picked up its first goal with 5:34 to play in the first period. Ellia Chiang tossed the puck to junior Brianna Felice, who fired a shot on net. 

The puck took a bounce off a skate in front and deflected into the goal to give the Big Green the early lead. 

Hockey is a game of bounces, and while the bounces mainly went to DA’s advantage, NMH couldn’t catch a break on one. In the first period, a Hogger shot hit off the crossbar, but the refs ruled it didn’t cross the line to be a goal, changing the complexion of the game. 

“They’re a good team and it could have gone either way at a couple of points,” Fernandez said. “If the shot off the crossbar went in, it might have given them momentum. If we had popped in a few rebounds, it would have been different, too.” 

NMH is low on numbers, only having two lines to work with, causing a disadvantage late in the game when stamina comes into play. 

Still, the Hoggers competed throughout, having their best period in the third where they had multiple opportunities to score, but unable to find the back of the net. 

“Their first goal was off a skate, the third our goalie didn’t see,” NMH coach Jessica Tabb Wood said. “We had one go in that the ref said hit the crossbar. For us, it’s a numbers thing. They have more numbers than us but our girls compete really hard. In the third period, we were able to use our forecheck to our advantage. We had opportunities, we created turnovers and had two-on-ones and shots on net. It was good to see because we only have two lines.”

The Hoggers (0-11) have yet to win a game this season, but hope to keep progressing each game and continue to be competitive moving forward. 

“We are competing really hard,” Tabb Wood said. “We haven’t won a game yet, but they’re close games that we stay in. We’re just trying to play smarter and not harder is something I try to reiterate. Not winning games is wearing on us a little bit but we have to focus on other things, little things to keep getting better.”

Deerfield Academy is beginning to click on offense, hoping to have a big run during the second half of its season. 

“We lost nine seniors last year, so we’re trying to figure out who we are as a team,” Fernandez said. “Every game we’ve played has gotten better and we’ve learned something from each of them. I’m really happy with the direction we’re heading. There’s so much potential with our team. I wouldn’t count us out of a playoff run just yet.” 


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