UPDATED: Yale’s First Varsity Goal Game-Winner For Flyers Against Hopkinton

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FRAMINGHAM – In their first game back after a one week pause due to COVID numbers in Framingham, the Flyers rebounded well from the break and trounced  Hopkinton 5-2 in a non-league matchup at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough.


Senior captain Logan Steele got the scoring started in the first period when Sophomore Carolyn Cotta won a face-off in the offensive zone back to Junior Ryen Taylor, who put a low shot on net. Steele then battled for the rebound and slipped it past the Hopkinton goaltender for her second goal in the last two games.

Hopkinton kept the pressure on and was able to tie the game up with about 4 minutes left in the first period. Just over a minute later though, junior Mason Puumala made a great defensive play to keep the puck in the Hopkinton zone, and put the puck on net where junior Sophia Tersoni was able to tip it past the Hopkinton goalie to put the Flyers up 2-1.


The second period was another stanza of back and forth play between the two squads. Freshman Zoe Yale notched her first varsity goal off a rebound from Steele to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead, but Hopkinton responded just 3 minutes later to bring the game to 3-2.

Yale’s goal would stand as the game winner.

The third period was all Framingham , with junior Mason Puumala adding a goal of her own for some insurance. Puumala walked off the side wall and slid a beautiful pass to senior captain Ava Sullivan, who’s intial shot was deflected high off the glass. Puumala saw the opportunity and pounced on the puck when it landed by the net, and beat the Hopkinton goalie to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead. 

With just under 2 minutes left, Hopkinton pulled their goalie for an extra skater but junior Amber Welch was able to muscle her way through the neutral zone, and scored an empty net goal from her knees while being hauled down by a Hopkinton defenseman.

Junior Mikal Franklin played well in net, making 32 saves.

Through 3 starts, Franklin has posted a .949 save percentage.

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