Tannah O’Brien scored four times in a 7-3 victory over Cape Cod Tech/Nauset for the Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham girls’ hockey team Saturday afternoon at Gallo Ice Arena. BMW held a 3-1 lead with 4:20 to play in the second period, when O’Brien got down to business with her first tally of the night. In the third period it was all O’Brien for the BMW team as she scored three more times.
Marissa Fitzgerald got things cooking for the home team midway through the opening period with an unassisted effort. Midway through the second period BMW took a 2-0 lead when defenseman Natalia Gordon shook off the CCT/N defense and raced up the middle and went 1-on-1 with the CCT/N goalie, beating her to give BMW a two-goal lead.
Brianna Cowing answered for Cape Cod Tech/Nauset a minute later, cutting the lead to one, but Shayna Santiago struck with 4:20 remaining in the middle period to put BMW up 3-1. Off the ensuing face-off Leah Hidenfelter and Aly Hickey combined to get the puck to O’Brien, who 12 seconds later gave BMW a 4-1 advantage.
O’Brien opened the third period needing just 22 seconds to score her second of the game. Two minutes later she teamed up with Fitzgerald and Carly Lacasse to register her third, giving BMW a 6-1 lead.
Cape Cod Tech/Nauset came back with a couple of tallies midway through the final period. The visitors pulled their goalie in the final minutes for an extra skater, giving O’Brien a shot at an empty net, which she hit for the 7-3 final.
“We’re heading in the right direction,” coach Kristyn Alexander said. “The girls are having fun and winning. We are starting to play our positions better on defense, with covering in front of our net and getting the puck out of our zone. We still have a lot of work to do, and we are excited to start the second half of our season.”