FRAMINGHAM – The Red Hawks of Natick High scored four goals in the first four minutes of the girls hockey game Saturday afternoon, on their way to a 6-1 win over Framingham High.
“To go down four goals like that is really really hard for a team to bounce back,” said head coach Casey Diana.
Framingham has yet to win a game this season, but they Flyers did not look like their winless record, after that first four minutes today, January 12.
One of the turning points of the game, was the final two minutes of the first period.
“Killing off the 5-on-3 for almost two full minutes to end the period that is huge for the team both in today’s game and moving forward in the season,” said Diana.
“That penalty kill built a lot of confidence,” said Diana. “Killing off that penalty against a very good Natick team was a good sign.”
The lone goal in Saturday’s game for the Flyers came from Rachel Marinofsky. She shot the goal from the point past Natick’s goaltender.
“Rachel is a kid who is just a Swiss Army knife for us,” said her coach. We can put her on forward. We can put her on defense. She works hard on every shift no matter what position she is at.”
Diana said her team’s “power play still needs a lot of work.”
The Flyers leading scorer is Georgia Parker, who had opportunities Saturday, including a couple of breakaways.
“George is a spark plug. She is a kids we know is going to go out on that ice and skate around and cause havoc for other teams,” said Diana.
“She is probably one of the most talented girls in the league and teams will often put two girls on her. We have seen that a lot in the last couple of games, which explains why she has not scored in the last couple of games,” said Diana. “But she makes opportunities and she finds a way to get the puck into the net and the other kids feed off that.”
Another positive for the Flyers is they have identified a goaltender. Several Flyers including captain Caroline Stacey, and even Parker, have played goal this season, but Saturday Maira McCarthy was between the pipes.
McCarthy is a junior transfer from Marian High.
“She has been in net the last couple of games,” said Diana. “When she was younger, she played goalie. She stepped up this year and said coach I can play net if you need me. She gets more and more comfortable every day. For her it is a matter of getting back into the net and getting used to her movements again. Every day, she looks better.”
The Flyers biggest struggle is playing a complete game.
“We are really fighting ourselves, taking a nap in the first period, like we did today,” said Diana. “When we go out and skate for a full 15 minutes we play good.”
If you didn’t count the first four minutes of the game Saturday, the Flyers lost 2-1 to Natick, a closer scored than the 6-1 final.
“We need to put it together and play a good three periods of hockey,” said Diana.
Next up for the Flyers is a game against the Wildcats of Weymouth High at Loring Arena on Wednesday.
Updated to fix coach’s name on January 13.
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