Caroline Whitaker (back-right) and the rest of the DS/Hopkinton girls pose for a picture following their 2-2 draw with Oakmont. Photos by DS Athletics
By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Trailing 2-0 late in the third period to Oakmont Regional on Wednesday night, all hope seemed lost for the Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton High School varsity girls hockey team. But then, the DS girls staged an improbable comeback, scoring two goals in less than a minute span to retain a 2-2 tie.Oakmont netted the game’s opening goal with 4:30 remaining in the first period to enter the intermission ahead at 1-0. DS/Hopkinton goaltender Caroline Whitaker (19 saves) stood tall in period two, but the Spartans were able to net a second tally late off of a rebound to enter the third up by a pair.
Despite a set of incredible scoring opportunities early in the third period during two power plays, the lady-Raiders were unable to cut into the deficit heading into the late stages of regulation.
With 4:35 remaining, senior defenseman Madison Pawela finally broke through for DS/Hopkinton with a shot from the point that found its way through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. Seizing all of the momentum, DS/Hopkinton then took control off of the ensuing faceoff and worked a cycle game in the Oakmont end in search of the tying goal. Less than a minute after the Pawela goal at 4:35, DS/Hopkinton freshman forward Maddie Mezitt slammed home the rebound on a scramble in front of the net to tie the game at two with 3:49 remaining to send the Raider bench into a frenzy.
With 50 seconds to play, Oakmont called a timeout before a faceoff in the DS/Hopkinton end. The Raiders were able to win the ensuing draw and clear the puck to preserve their second tie of the season.
DS/Hopkinton will look to build off of the momentum from this comeback when they close out the regular season with a pair of non-conference games against Shawsheen on February 18 before traveling to Bishop Stang on February 22.