Last second goal secures 1-1 tie with Billerica for Algonquin girls’ hockey

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By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

Algonquin celebrates its game tying goal while Billerica players comfort their goalie and gape at the immediately updated score on the scoreboard.

Region – A bouncing puck amid a late game scrum turned what would have been a disappointing day for the Algonquin girls hockey team to a celebratory one as the Tomahawks secured a 1-1 tie Jan. 7 vs. Billerica.

Despite outshooting their opponents for much of the game and hitting the goal post with at least one shot, the co-op Algonquin team trailed 1-0 entering the final minute of their game. Pulling their goalie, though, they shoved a puck past Billerica to improve their season record to 2-1-2.

The game was fast at times but yielded few shots and little action in general near either net until its second half. Indeed, Billerica only scored its goal with just over three minutes left in the period. Algonquin, meanwhile, outshot their opponents for much of the game, but did not even muster their tenth shot until shortly after Billerica scored.

A series of penalties late in the third period cemented momentum strongly in the Tomahawks favor as they successfully killed two concurrent penalties before transitioning into a man advantage situation of their own thanks to a Billerica penalty that they then continued by pulling their goalie.

With the win, Algonquin now moves on to a busy section of their schedule with six more games before the end of the month.

Algonquin’s Kerryn O’Connell sprints between two Billerica defenders during the second period of the game.
Algonquin’s Sabrina Ferro watches the game through her tinted face shield.
Algonquin’s Amy MacGlashing fights for the puck at the face off dot in the second period.
Algonquin’s Natalie Peterson slows her attack on the Billerica net as she waits for her teammates to join her.
Algonquin’s Amy MacGlashing settles the puck after a turnover in the third period.
Algonquin Head Coach Mike Hodge rallies his players during a timeout as his team trailed 1-0 in the third period.
Algonquin goalie Lana Pacific peers through defenders and teammates as her team successfully kills a pair of simultaneous penalties that led to a five on three manpower disadvantage.
Billerica goaltender Mia Gonsalves watches as the puck bounces over her glove in the final minute of the game. The shot, tipped by Algonquin’s Ella Kea tied the game at 1-1.
Algonquin’s Kerryn O’Connell carries the puck against a Billerica defender early in the first period of their game.