The Vineyard girls' hockey team won the consolation game but failed to nab a top spot at the Nan Rheault Tournament, held this weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena.
Seniors Kassidy Bettencourt and Katy Smith were named Players of the Game after Sunday’s consolation game 5-2 win over Peabody. Smith tended goal in her second varsity game of the season to earn the win with 19 saves, and Bettencourt sparked the Vineyard offense with her first-ever hat trick. All of the Vineyard offense came off the bench to see ice time.
“Everybody played, that was the best part,” head coach John Fiorito said.
Bettencourt got the scoring started early with a goal less than a minute into game. She was assisted by freshman Belle Dinning, who notched another assist shortly after as senior Emily Cimeno neatly swooped the puck past Peabody’s goalie. Peabody scored on a power play as the second period began, but Dinning scored a goal of her own with nine minutes left on an assist from Cimeno and freshman Sydney Minnehan.
Cimeno and sophomore Aubrey Ashmun teamed up to assist Bettencourt on her next two goals. Peabody scored again at the start of the third, but the Vineyard victory was sealed. The girls move to a 6-4-1 season record, and face Quincy/North Quincy at home on Saturday.
On Saturday the girls fell 3-2 to visiting Scituate in the first round of the tournament. The team struggled early on in the evening game and were down 3-0 as the third period began. With eight minutes left on the clock, senior Emily Cimeno scored on an assist from sophomore Aubrey Ashmun, who also assisted on senior Kassidy Bettencourt’s goal five minutes later. Though the offense was sparked in the final minutes of the game, they could not score the needed third goal.
In spite of the disappointment, head coach John Fiorito noted the team’s resiliency in the final period.
“We talk about being resilient, we’ve been doing it all year,” he said. “I think they’ve proven we can compete.”