Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 6, 2014

Girls hockey wraps up rock-solid winter

It was a blur to Caroline Hughes, right up until a teammate jumped onto her in celebration last Monday in the preliminary round of the Division 1 tournament.

“We are always told to crash the net and look for rebounds,” Hughes said. “I went to the net, Brenna (Keefe) got the puck on net and I was there for the rebound. Then one of my teammates started hugging me.”

With 34 seconds left in regulation, Keefe fired a shot on goal that was saved, but Hughes was there to pick up the rebound and scored to give No. 13 Andover a 2-1 victory over No. 20 Newton North.

“Caroline just never ceases to amaze me,” forward Jojo Olson said. “She always knows how to get the key goal just when we need them. I wanted to do a back flip over the boards I was so excited”

It was Newton North that took control early, scoring minutes into the first period. But Andover struck back to tie the game in the second, on a goal by Olson.

“I brought it down low and was actually trying to center it in front of the goalie,” she said. “It just went off one of their girls and into the net. I didn’t even know it went in. I just heard everyone cheering and someone congratulated me.”

The Golden Warriors continued to dominate the pace of play into the third period, firing shot after shot on Newton North goalie Natalie Cohen. But the sophomore net-minder was focused, stopping 18 shots in the third quarter alone, and 38 for the game.

Just as the game seemed destined for overtime, the Golden Warriors struck for the game-winner.

“I was trying to get the puck in deep, get it on net and see what happened,” Keefe said. “Thank God, Caroline was there. I saw her shoot it in and it was a pretty awesome moment to see the magic happen.”

On Saturday, however, a Watertown-Belmont squad proved a tough match for the Golden Warriors, Despite two goals for star Veronica Alois, No. 13 Andover fell to No. 4 Watertown-Belmont 3-2 in the first round of the Division 1 state tourney.

Jess Leone had two assists and Meghan Johnson turned aside 22 shots for the Golden Warriors.

— Dave Willis, staff writer

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