Arlington girls’ hockey tops Shrewsbury, earns first Division 1 state final appearance

Junior Maddie Krepelka scored both goals, increasing her season total to 32 and even 50 points. She opened with a rip at 14:42 of the first period and again went to just 1:48 in the third period, which was declared the winner after Taylor Ryder scored at 4:30 for the six-seeded Colonials (16-7-1).

“She’s definitely a game changer,” Arlington coach Jeff Mead said of Krepelka. “We have such a player who can finish and we have really good goalkeepers, we have some good older defenders but she is the backbone of our team.”

In a game with no penalties and therefore no power play opportunities for either team, Krepelka’s goal late in the first half carried a lot of weight for the Ponders in a game lacking any momentum.

Arlington goalkeeper Elise Rodd makes a key save in the third period of Monday’s tournament action against Shrewsbury.MARK STOCKWELL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

“It’s pretty amazing, but I couldn’t do it without my linemates and the rest of my team,” said Krepelka, who plays in Arlington’s top line with her sister Julia, a 31-point (11 goals, 20 assists) freshman. and senior co-captain Gabby Russo, the team’s second-best scorer with 13-23-36 aggregates. Julia assisted in Maddie’s second goal.

Freshman Risa Montoya made 19 saves for Shrewsbury.

“We’ve been working our way up to this point all year, it’s an achievement we’ve been working toward all along,” said Maddie Krepelka. “It’s a great opportunity to play at the Garden.”

Austin Prep inflicted his only loss of the season on Arlington.

State of Division 2

Algonquin/Hudson 3, Medfield 2 (OT) — Her coaches told Emily Johns to keep digging and assured her that she would score before the game was over.

The Clinton runner-up made space by dodging a defender, blasting the winner home with a two-for-none rush in overtime with high gloves and the 10th-seeded Titans in a Division 2 semifinals at Loring Arena passed No. 22 Medfield in Framingham.

Algonquin (18-3-2) plays Canton, a 2-1 win over Natick at the TD Garden on Sunday.

“My only goal was to score and put the puck in the net,” Johns said. “My coaches kept telling me to hang in there because I’m going to get one. Finally it worked.”

Algonquin’s Emily Johns (23) celebrates with teammate Mallory Farrell scoring her decisive goal against Medfield in Thursday’s tournament action.Contributors to Matthew J Lee/Globe

The Titans won their second straight tournament game in overtime, a testament to the team’s endurance and ability to remain calm under pressure.

“It was a one-bounce game and that was our jump,” said Algonquin coach Mike Hodge. “The message was just to dig deep. Find whatever you have and make it happen. I mean it was a hard fought game. That was fun.”

Sophomore Katherine Flippo weaved through two defenders and fired a goal just under the crossbar to give the Warriors (16-8) an 8-38 lead, but the Tomahawks were undeniable.

Mallory Farrell, a sophomore from Marlborough, eluded a defender at the blue line and leveled the game 2:53 to play with a powerful wrist shot and scored her second goal of the game. With the multi-goal game, Farrell hit the 30-goal mark for the season.

“I saw an opening and my coaches always told me to go wide and shoot,” Farrell said. “I thought about it and it worked.”

Algonquin last reached the state semifinals in 2018, a 5-0 loss to Wellesley.

“I just feel for the girls, they’ve worked hard for years,” Hodge said. “We knew we could have a chance this year. After the first week or two of the season, we saw tremendous growth in our team and started to think, ‘Why not us?’”.

“It’s a dream,” said Johns. “We’ve been working on this all season and it’s so crazy it’s finally true.”

Canton 2, Natick 1 — Although a co-champion banner accompanies the experience, what happened two years ago remains a sensitive issue for the Canton girls.

The Bulldogs were one of 12 hockey teams unable to play for their respective state titles after games were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two years later, Canton finally gets the chance to carouse on Causeway Street. The ninth-placed Bulldogs outlived fifth-placed Natick in a semifinal match at the Gallo Arena.

“It’s all about our team atmosphere,” said Tess Khoury, Canton’s senior co-captain. . “We were very sad about it, it was a great team back then. But we didn’t look at the past, we looked ahead. We believe in each other.”

Natick’s Emma Taville (centre) is sandwiched between Canton’s Anna Lehan (left) and Tess Khoury during Monday’s MIAA tournament showdown.MARK STOCKWELL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Senior co-captain Audrey Koen accounted for both goals for the Bulldogs (18-6), scoring in the first 8:48 and assisting Anna Lehan’s second game winner in the second game at 8:04 against the Redhawks (15-7-) . 2).

Junior Carolyn Durand made 17 saves, including a flurry in the last minute of regulation.

“You can tell she’s focused when she has a certain attitude,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich. “When she shows her personality online, you know she’s focused.”

The Bulldogs also benefited from a series of blocked shots from players up and down their lineup, from captains like Khoury and Allie McCabe on the relegation side.

“If players like that jump in front of the pucks and they’re also the top scorers, how can that be? [everyone else] don’t do it,” noted Aldrich.

The win for Canton avenged a 4-1 season-opening loss to Natick on December 11 at the Metropolis Rink.

Colleen Quirk had the only goal for the Redhawks at 1:09 of the second period.

For Canton, it is the fourth time the program has reached the championship round since 2017. The Bulldogs lost to Notre Dame (Hingham) in 2017 and Wellesley in 2018 before being named co-champions in 2020. Canton is still in the hunt for his first all-time state title in girls hockey.

Cam Kerry reported from the Loring Arena in Framingham.

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