Girls’ Hockey Starts Season With a Bang

The following article, written by Joe Walsh of BHS News, will also appear in The Braintree Forum.

by Joe Walsh
BHS News

After defeating Notre Dame 5-2, and Milton 1-0, The Braintree High School Girls’ varsity hockey team suffered their first defeat of the season Wednesday, losing to Norwood 5-1.

Norwood began the game by overwhelming the Braintree defense, delivering a ferocious bombardment on sophomore goalie Molly Devlin, scoring four consecutive goals in under two minutes. Braintree Head Coach Kevin Burchill was displeased by his team’s performance at the beginning of the game, saying “It didn’t resemble hockey in the first period.”

There was an increase in Braintree’s momentum during the second period. The Wamps were able to obtain several scoring opportunities, but only capitalized on one, which resulted in sophomore Meg Gilbride scoring the only Braintree goal of the game. By playing more aggressively, Braintree’s defense mitigated Norwood’s prolific first period, not giving up any goals. “Second period we pulled it together a little bit, … but if you don’t hit the net when you shoot it, it doesn’t go in.”

Braintree failed to abridge the gap in the third period, not managing to score, and allowing Norwood one goal, for a final score of 5-1. “ We had a little momentum… but when you dig yourself into a four goal hole, forget it it’s over.” Said Burchill.

Burchill believes that the main reason Braintree was defeated is that they thought too much, and were not aggressive enough “ We’ve come off two good wins and now they think they are a good hockey team and that it’s going to continue, it doesn’t work that way.”

This week the coaching staff plans to work on coverage “ if we’re going to be aggressive, the way we have to be, to get on the puck, then for every action there’s a reaction. Where I have a defenseman pinching, I’ve got four people watching; one has to cover, slide, it’s a constant rotating around and they have to figure that out… you can’t leave a team that shoots pretty well two or three seconds to shoot the puck.” Noted Burchill.

The Wamps are a young team with a lot of talent and although they have a lot of work ahead of them, Burchill is confident that they will continue to get better with every game. Braintree’s next game is against Dedham, which will be a tough Bay State League Conference match up, and will be a good test for the team.