ORLEANS — Talk about a turnaround.
After going 1-4 in their first five games of the season, the Sandwich High School girls hockey team made a turning point in their season this week, culminating in last night’s 5-0 win over
Norwell/Cohasset in the 2014 Judy Kostas Memorial Holiday Hockey Tournament.
The win gave the Blue Knights the Kostas Tourney championship crown.
Senior Katie Lowry can take a big part of the credit for that title as the fast-moving, sure-handed starting forward netted a hat trick last night and had five assists in the Blue Knight’s victory on Friday night at the Charles Moore Arena.
But it was spitfire senior co-captain Nicole Martin who captured the tournament Most Valuable Player honors with her equally relentless pursuit of putting the puck in the net. Last night, Martin had two goals and an assist to go along with two goals and three assists on Friday night.
To be frank, Norwell/Cohasset never knew what hit them last night.
Just 19 seconds after the opening first period face-off, Martin found the back of the net on an assist from senior forward Annabelle White and senor forward Colleen MacDonald that made it 1-0. Nearly eight minutes later, Lowry nailed the first of her three goals on an assist from Kate Towey and again, White. Four minutes later, with the period nearly over and up 2-0, Lowry took the puck in herself and scored her second goal to make it 3-0, Sandwich. To fully solidify the Blue Knights’ dominance last night, Martin put her second goal in the net with just 35 seconds remaining in the first period (assisted by Alexandra Glynn) that made it an even 4-0.
Following a scoreless second stanza, Lowry perfected her three-goal night just 43 seconds into the period, assisted by both White and Martin.
Martin and Lowry are among the top five scorers on the Cape thus far this season. Sandwich goalies Allison Hir and Delanie Corcoran, an 8th grader, split time en route to the shutout.
The Blue Knights hope to even their record on Monday night at the Tony Kent Arena at 7:45 pm when they travel back down Cape to face the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins.