Latin Academy 4, Martha's Vineyard 2 (February 24, 2013) MIAA first Round: Latin Academy scored three third period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit, and end Martha's Vineyard's post season tournament experience in a preliminary game at South Boston's Murphy Arena. The Vineyarders scored the games first goal early in the second period when sophomore Sydney Davies converted after a mad scramble to the side of the Latin net. Callie Jackson and Emily Hammett earned the helpers on the Davies goal. Latin Academy answered just over a minute later, but Aubrey Ashmun put the Vineyard back on top with a pretty shorthanded tally. The third period saw Latin storm the Vineyard zone. Texe Craig held firm until the half way point of the final stanza. Latin's goal tied things at 2-2, and set up the grueling final moments. With 1:26 left in the contest, Latin Academy forced a play from behind the Vineyard net, and the puck snuck in the near post to give Latin Academy their first lead of the game, and the eventual game winner. An empty net goal with two seconds left sealed the game for Latin, and ended Martha's Vineyard's season in Boston. The loss signaled the end of wonderful high school careers of the six Vineyard seniors. Goalies Texe Craig and Katy Smith, forwards Kassidy Bettencourt, Emily Cimeno and Skylah Forend, and defenseman Tayla Kuehne should all hold their heads high. They all proved through the years that they are quality athletes, students and most importantly human beings.
Westwood 6, Martha's Vineyard 1 (February 22, 2013) Martha's Vineyard completed their 2012-2013 regular season with a loss at the hands of Division 2 power Westwood High School. The defeat did not dampen the senior celebration that honored the legacy of the six departing Vineyard varsity athletes. Kassidy Bettencourt, Emily Cimeno, Texe Craig, Sylah Forend, Tayla Kuehne and Katy Smith were all honored before the game for their commitment to Vineyard hockey. The seniors leave knowing they were instrumental in the transformation of Vineyard girl's hockey, and the six won a total of 23 regular season hockey games over the last two seasons. They all still have games ahead as they have led Martha's Vineyard to the state tournament for the second consecutive season. The Vineyard awaits their seeding from MIAA headquarters, but they will play a first round game sometime early next week. First on the schedule, though, is the SEMGHL all star game Saturday at Gallo Arena. Sophomore Aubrey Ashmun, and senior goaltender Texe Craig will represent the Vineyard in the annual display of the best of southeastern Massachusetts High School Hockey.
Martha's Vineyard 2, Latin Academy 2 (February 18, 2013) Martha's Vineyard earned a tie in their final road contest of the 2012-2013 season. Goals from Belle Dinning and Callie Jackson paced the offense, and Katy Smith and Texe Craig held the fort in net as the two SEMGHL teams skated to the deadlock at the historic Matthews Arena. Dinning put the Vineyard on the scoreboard first when she finished a nice Sydney Davies feed in the opening period. After Latin tied things at 1-1, Callie Jackson stole the puck behind the visitor net, before forcing her way to the front to finish the nice individual effort. Latin Academy was able to tie things late in the middle period, and both teams skated to a scoreless draw in the third. The Vineyard returns home for senior day Friday against non league and Division 2 power Westwood. All six seniors will be honored for their commitment to the program before the puck drops at 3:00pm.
Martha's Vineyard 4, Marshfield 3 (February 16, 2013) We don't know what makes matchups between these two teams special. Each of the past two season's the Vineyard had dropped road games to Marshfield in December, only to win one goal heart stopping affairs at home in February. The Vineyard lost to the Rams again in the early part of this season, and again the Vineyard returned the favor by pulling off a dramatic one-goal victory in front of their home fans on Saturday. Aubrey Ashmun scored with 52 seconds left to give Martha's Vineyard this victory, after Marshfield had scored two goals in 28 seconds to tie things at 3-3 late in the final period. Kassidy Bettencourt's hard work in the offensive end led to Ashmun getting the puck at the top of the left circle, and the sophomore center patiently picked her spot before firing a wrist shot past Marshfield all star goalie Taylor Newcomb. The Rams came into the contest on a high note after qualifying for the state tournament with their win Wednesday at Dennis-Yarmouth. Marshfield dominated the first period thanks in large part to five Vineyard penalties. Texe Craig played her best when her team needed her the most, making 10 first period saves to keep the game scoreless heading into the first period intermission. The second period was a back and forth affair. Emily Cimeno opened the scoring with a couple of sweet moves before beating Newcomb 4:11 into the middle period. Marshfield scored on a power play under a minute later, and despite several glorious chances from both teams, the score remained tied at 1-1 heading into the third. Ashmun tallied 43 seconds into the final stanza, assisted by Sydeny Davies and Bettencourt, and then Callie Jackson seemingly iced the win with a pretty goal with just over five minutes left. However, the Rams mounted their comeback, setting the stage for Ashmun's heroics. Martha's Vineyard's win raised their record to 10-6-2 (7-4-2 in the SEMGHL). The Vineyard travels to Latin Academy on Presidents Day for their last league game of the season, and then they return home for their senior game Friday against Westwood. Cape Cod Times
Sandwich 4, Martha's Vineyard 0 (February 15, 2013) Sandwich came to the Vineyard and showed why they are one of the top teams in Division 2 hockey. A quick Sandwich goal put the Vineyard on their heels, and that is where they would remain for most of the contest. Gutty work in their defensive end, and strong play for goaltender Texe Craig kept the Vineyard close, until Sandwich scored two late second period goals. Maggie Layo, who is among the top five scorers in the state of Massachusetts scored Sandwich's final goal half way through the final period, and Martha's Vineyard dropped to 9-6-2 on the season.
Norwell 4, Martha's Vineyard 0 (February 13, 2013) The Vineyard opened up a grueling last two weeks of the season, where they will play five consecutive games against tournament bound teams, with a road loss to first place Norwell High School. Martha's Vineyard hung with the Clippers for the first half of the game, outshooting the home team 9-5 in the first period, and the game was scoreless until just under seven minutes to play in the middle stanza. Senior Tori Dinger (2 goals, 1 assist) got the Clippers on the board, and Norwell never looked back from there. Another Norwell tally with just under two minutes left gave the Clippers a 2-0 lead, and then two third period goals sealed the game, and with it, first place in the SEMGHL East division. Martha's Vineyard gets right back at it Friday when they host Division 2 power Sandwich at 4:30pm.
Martha's Vineyard 10, Cape Tech/Nauset 3 (February 6, 2013) The Vineyard punched their ticket to their second consecutive state tournament with their victory at home on Wednesday. Aubrey Ashmun tallied her first career hat trick, and Alex Clark and Megan Hurley scored their first varsity goals in the romp that raised the Martha's Vineyard record to 9-4-2. The Vineyard scored seven times in the first period to quickly put the game out of reach. Clark (two goals and one assist) was dominant in the victory, and Hurley scored the Vineyard's last goal of the period right before the clock expired. Texe Craig and Katy Smith split the game in net, and the Vineyard watched the clock tick down before celebrating their return to the post season.
Martha's Vineyard 4, Hanover/Cohasset 2 (February 2, 2013) Texe Craig stopped 32 shots and the rest of the team played strong in all three zones to pace the Vineyard to the league win on Saturday at Martha's Vineyard Arena. The win raised the Martha's Vineyard record to 8-4-2 (6-3-2 in the SEMGHL) and ended the visitors postseason hopes. Belle Dinning and Emily Cimeno gave the Vineyard a quick 2-0 lead, but then Hanover played like a desperate team. They scored with one minute left in the first, and then evened the score at 2-2 early in the second. Aubrey Ashmun ended Hanover's middle period momentum with a late power play goal to put the Vineyard back up by one. The third period had playoff feel with Hanover storming Craig, but the senior netminder stood strong. The Vineyard worked hard in the defensive zone and weathered the storm, before Kassidy Bettencourt notched her 13th goal of the season late in the third to seal the victory. Martha's Vineyard has two practice days ahead in an effort to be prepared for their nonleague game against Nauset. A win at home on Wednesday will clinch the Vineyard's second consecutive trip to the MIAA post season tournament. Vineyard Gazette
Martha's Vineyard 3, Bourne 1 (January 30, 2013) The Vineyarders used a quality team effort to avenge an earlier defeat at the hands of league rival Bourne Wednesday afternoon at Martha's Vineyard Arena. Aubrey Ashmun tallied two goals, Kassidy Bettencourt netted one and Katy Smith stopped 15 shots in the 3-1 victory that raised Martha's Vineyard's record to 7-4-2 (5-3-2 in the SEMGHL). Ashmun lit the lamp early, as she raced down the left hand side, beating the Bourne netminder with a backhander just 14 seconds into the contest. Ashmun then broke a 1-1 deadlock with a goal with 19 seconds left in the middle stanza, and Kassidy Bettencourt scored on a great individual effort nine seconds into the third period to give the Vineyard a 3-1 cushion. The Vineyard limited Bourne to just two third period shots as they kept Bourne far away from Smith who won for the second time this season. Martha's Vineyard hosts Hanover on Saturday in another league showdown. Hanover will enter the contest after knocking Norwell from the perch of the league unbeaten after their 5-4 victory on Wednesday.
Martha's Vineyard 5, Peabody 2 (January 20, 2013) The seniors led the way in the Nan Rheault consolation game Sunday at the Arena. Katy Smith backstopped the victory in net, Kassidy Bettencourt tallied her first career hat trick and Emily Cimeno had a career high four points (1 goal and 3 assists) in the win. It is tough for any team to get ready to play after an emotional loss less then 12 hours earlier, but the veterans went to work early. Smith had several key stops in the opening period, and she was helped by senior defenseman Tayla Keuhne in front. Kuehne played a solid game in her own end, and she was aggressive in the offensive end. Senior Skylah Forend had a strong game as well from her wing position, and Bettencourt and Cimeno paced the offense. In the tournament final, Medway/Ashland and Scituate played a thriller. After regulation ended with the teams knotted at 2-2, both teams played a scoreless white knuckled overtime period. Medway/Ashland prevailed 1-0 in a three player shootout to win the game and the Nan Rheault Invitational. Common sentiment among many of the spectators was that this was the most competitive weekend in the Invitational's history. Thanks to the three teams for their effort and sportsmanship.
Martha's Vineyard JV: After a wonderful effort that resulted in a 2-2 tie against Needham, the Vineyard capped off a full Saturday of hockey with a dominant 7-1 victory over Scituate. Meg Hurley and Katrina Lakis scored first period goals to give Martha's Vineyard a 2-0 lead. Haven Huck then tallied two quick goals in the second before Emelia Capelli capped the middle period scoring to stake the Vineyard to a 5-0 lead. Alice Keenan finished off the scoring with two pretty third period goals. Jackie Hegarty and Katy Smith held down the fort in net, and Martha's Vineyard celebrated a great team effort.
Martha's Vineyard varsity: A three goal deficit proved too much for the Vineyard in the first round of the Nan Rheault Invitational, as Martha's Vineyard fell 3-2 to their league rival Scituate. Scituate dominated the last half of the first period, and the Sailors were able to beat Texe Craig with just under five minutes left in the opening frame to give Scituate the 1-0 lead. Another breakdown in the second led to Scituate's second goal, and the Sailors scored early in the third to take the 3-0 lead. The Vineyard didn't hang their head, though, and Aubrey Ashmun set up Emily Cimeno to give Martha's Vineyard some hope. Spirited work in the offensive zone set up an Ashmun to Kassidy Bettencourt tally with just under two minutes to go, but the Vineyard's comeback would end there. Martha's Vineyard gets back at it Sunday with a consolation matchup with Peabody.
Martha's Vineyard 2, Norwell 2 (January 12, 2013) Martha's Vineyard battled back from two one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 tie against a strong Norwell team Saturday afternoon at the Martha's Vineyard Arena. After playing on their heels for most of the opening period, the Vineyard settled down in the second to answer almost everything the Clippers threw their way. An opening goal from Tori Dinger gave Norwell the early 1-0 lead, but Texe Craig denied the Clippers the rest of the first period despite her team being outshot 9-4. Aubrey Ashmun's blast from the right circle with 5:48 left in the second period was batted home by Emily Cimeno, and the Vineyard had evened things at 1-1. Despite relinquishing the go ahead goal just 48 second later, the Vineyard proved they could play with the Clippers, outshooting the visitors in the middle stanza 10-6. Trailing by one as they entered the third period, Sydney Davies quickly sprung Ashmun with a slick pass just inside her own blue line. The sophomore center did the rest of the work, driving down the left boards before sneaking a low backhand between the legs of the Norwell netminder just 1:34 into the third. Hard play by both teams in all three zones limited the offensive chances the rest of the way, but kept everyone's heart racing over the final scoreless minutes. The tie keeps the Vineyard in the thick of the SEMGHL title chase as it nears the half way point of the season. Norwell leads the East with a 3-0-4 mark, with the Vineyard nipping at their heels at 4-2-1 (5-3-1 overall). Martha's Vineyard sets their sights on the annual Nan Rheault tournament that begins with a opening game on January 19 against league rival Scituate.
Martha's Vineyard 3, Hanover 2 (January 9, 2013) The Vineyard scored goals in each of the three periods, including the game winner with just under three minutes left, to win their third consecutive game on Wednesday at Gallo Arena. With the win, Martha's Vineyard moves to 5-3 on the season and 4-2 in the league. With the game knotted at 2-2, the Vineyard went to the power play with just over three minutes left in the third. Emily Cimeno moved the puck to Aubrey Ashmun, and the sophomore center went behind the goal line toward the Hanover net. Kassidy Bettencourt got open in front, and Ashmun put a soft pass on her stick. Bettencourt roofed it on the Hanover netminder, and the Vineyard took the 3-2 lead. Bettencourt started the scoring when she finished off another Ashmun dish early in the first period. After Hanover tied things in the second, Cimeno scored after a nice individual effort to give Martha's Vineyard a 2-1 lead. Hanover's pressure paid off with just under five minutes gone in the final period, before the Vineyard buckled down to score their power play goal, and prevail in the SEMGHL showdown. Martha's Vineyard returns home Saturday for only the second time this season, when they welcome the league's first place team, Norwell High School. Cape Cod Times
Martha's Vineyard 3, Scituate 0 (January 5, 2013) The Vineyard continued to build on solid defensive play en route to their second consecutive 3-0 victory. Texe Craig stopped all 25 Sailor shots to raise her shutout streak to eight consecutive periods. Sydney Davies was rewarded for stellar play in all three zones. She scored goals in the first and third period, and Emily Cimeno had a pretty end to end rush that netted the middle goal, as the Vineyard took advantage of solid forechecking that led to most of their offensive opportunities. Martha's Vineyard's victory against their league rival who defeated them twice last season, upped their record to 4-3 and 3-2 in the SEMGHL. The Vineyard travels to Gallo Arena Wednesday to take on Hanover, and then returns home Saturday for a tilt against Norwell.
Martha's Vineyard 3, Quincy/North Quincy 0 (January 2, 2013) The Vineyarders rung in the New Year with a complete team effort in their 3-0 SEMGHL win at Quincy Youth Arena. Three different goal scorers, fine play from all the defensemen and stellar play from their goalie, helped even the Vineyard record at 3-3. The Vineyard thoroughly outplayed Quincy in the first period. Despite holding a 9-1 shot advantage, though, Martha's Vineyard was unable to find the back of the net. However, the team didn't panic, and they were able to finally take advantage of their opportunities in the final two minutes of the minute period. Kassidy Bettencourt capped off a fine end to end rush by Olivia Ogden with hard work in front of the Quincy net with 1:40 left in the period. Aubrey Ashmun then set up Emily Cimeno on a 2-on-1 rush, and the senior's hard wrist shot just 15 seconds later gave the Vineyard a 2-0 lead. Craig played her best in the third as Quincy mounted a strong third period rush. Tayla Kuehne, Erin Hegarty, Sydney Minnehan and Ogden all helped the effort from their defensive positions. The Vineyard sealed the deal with a power play goal by Ashmun, and the team soon celebrated the shutout win. Things get even tougher for Martha's Vineyard when they travel to league rival Scituate for a 6pm Saturday night tilt.
Marshfield 3, Martha's Vineyard 2 (December 28) Down 3-0 and thoroughly outplayed after 15 minutes of hockey, the Vineyard had two choices. Pack it in and move on, or dig deep, show some resiliency and regroup. Luckily the team chose the later and 30 minutes later, while not quite able to overcome such a big hole, showed great character that the the Vineyard will be able to build on as the season progresses. The Rams jumped all over Martha's Vineyard in the early going. A goal early set the tone, and two goals in the last minute in the half gave Marshfield the 3-0 advantage. The score could have been even worse if it wasn't for the play of senior Texe Craig. A 13-2 Marshfield shot advantage kept the Vineyard on their heels throughout. The second period saw a different Vineyard team, with a different team effort. Sydney Davies first goal of the season cut the Ram lead to 3-1, and Martha's Vineyard proved they could play with Marshfield. The third period was an even better 15 minutes of play. Despite team stalwart Callie Jackson's exit on the first shift of the final stanza with an injury, the team did not recoil. Martha's Vineyard carried much of the play, and several players stepped up. Alex Clark, with help from Davies, set up Emily Hammett to cut the lead to one with 1:23 left in the game. While the team couldn't find the back of the net for the equalizer, they were able to hold their heads high for their ability to turn around a contest that could have been crushing.
Bourne 5, Martha's Vineyard 3 (December 22, 2012) A disappointing game leading into the holiday break evened the varsity's record at 2-2 on the season, and made clear what the team needs to improve upon when they return after Chrsitmas. A Bourne goal early in the first put the Vineyard in their first of many holes, but they responded quickly when Callie Jackson found the back of the net for the equalizer. However, Bourne would capitalize on a defensie zone lapse to regain their one goal lead. Aubrey Ashmun, after one of her many hard working shifts, tallied in the second to tie things at 2-2. But a late penalty lead to a Bourne power play goal, and the Vineyard found themselves down a goal once again. Martha's Vineyard needed a good third period start, but it was Bourne who started strong. A goal just under thirty seconds into the final stanza staked Bourne to their first two goal lead of the afternoon. Kassidy Bettencourt would give the Vineyard faint hope with her third goal of the season, but Bourne again took advantage of a Vineyard breakdown, and the two goal lead was restored. Constant Vineyard pressure over the last half of the third period, and a large MV shot advantage, has been a similar team refrain over the early part of the season, but Saturday it only disguised the overall sloppy team play. Three days off and a needed holiday break should help the Vineyard regroup in time for their next game, a league showdown with Marshfield on Friday, December 28.
Martha’s Vineyard 4, Latin Academy 1 (December 15, 2012) Martha’s Vineyard wanted to start their home opener strong, and three seniors helped lead the way on the game’s first shift. The rest of the team followed suit, and the Vineyard had their most complete effort of the young season in their 4-1 win over league rival Latin Academy. Just under a minute into Saturday’s contest, senior defenseman Tayla Kuehne pinched down the right boards and, after corralling the loose puck, centered to fellow senior Emily Cimeno. Cimeno’s shot was stopped by the Dragon’s netminder, but Kassidy Bettencourt pounced on the rebound and found the back of the net to give Martha’s Vineyard the early 1-0 lead. After the goal, the game evolved into a back and forth affair. Texe Craig made several outstanding stops in the Vineyard net before Erin Hegarty found Aubrey Ashmun for her first goal of the season. Latin Academy would find the back of the net with 1:40 left in the period, but the Vineyard still clearly had the momentum going into the first intermission. The Vineyard came out strong defensively in the second period, limiting the Dragons to just four shots on net. Bettencourt notched her second goal of the contest when she finished off a rebound of a Callie Jackson blast. The third period saw continued strong Vineyard defense and the final scoring of the afternoon when Cimeno scored a power play goal with 2:47 left to play. Martha’s Vineyard hopes to build off the good 45-minute effort when they travel to Falmouth on December 22 to play a SEMGHL game against Bourne. Cape Cod Times
King Philip 2, Martha's Vineyard 1 (December 12, 2012) The Vineyarders traveled to Foxboro and dropped a tough 2-1 decision on Wednesday. Despite controlling the second and third period, Martha's Vineyard couldn't score the equalizer, as the Vineyard fell to 1-1 on the young season. A disjointed first period allowed KP to have several chances that Texe Craig stopped, and the Vineyard missed on the few opportunities they had. The Warriors scored the first goal of the game early in the second period, but the Vineyard carried a majority of the play. A nice feed from Callie Jackson set up freshman Belle Dinning for her varsity goal, and Martha's Vineyard evened things at 1-1 with just over three minutes left in the middle period. However, a breakdown in the defensive zone less just over a minute later, allowed KP to score their second goal and the eventual game winner. The third stanza was dominated by the Vineyard. Two power plays yielded shots, rebounds and hit posts, but Martha's Vineyard couldn't find the back of the net. Craig made two brilliant saves when there was action in her end, but the Vineyard simply ran out of time. Two days of practice awaits before the teams home opener on Saturday, December 15 against league rival Latin Academy.
Martha's Vineyard 3, Brookline 2 (December 8, 2012) The Vineyard opened their 2012-2013 campaign in fine style with a non league victory on the road at Walter Brown Arena. Two goals in the first three minutes, domination in all three zones and contributions from all 19 players highlighted the teams first victory. Callie Jackson got Martha's Vineyard on the board just over one minute into the contest as she finished off a feed from senior Kassidy Bettencourt. Jackson, with help from freshman Belle Dinning, set up senior Skylah Forend for her varsity goal less then two minutes later, and the Vineyard was quickly up 2-0. While the Vineyard couldn't find the back of the net for the remainder of the first period, they continued to pile on the shots as every Vineyarder, including the six new varsity members, saw ice time. Martha's Vineyard tallied their last goal in the waning seconds of the second period. Aubrey Ashmun controlled an offensive zone faceoff, and Emily Cimeno finished it off with a quick wrist shot from in close. The third period saw a few small breakdowns that Brookline was able to capitalize on, but the games outcome was never in doubt. Skylah Forend earned player of the game honors, and everyone left satisfied with their first win of the season. Martha's Vineyard quickly gets back at it with a road contest at Foxboro on Wednesday against non league foe King Philip Regional High School. Cape Cod Times