On Saturday at 5:10 PM the Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham girls’ hockey team will take the ice for their second varsity season. The program will feature several returning players and some new when they face Sandwich at the Falmouth Ice Arena.
“After our first preseason game I was impressed with what I saw,” Coach Kristen Alexander said. “We still have a lot of work ahead, but every time we step on the ice we will be improving and I think we’ll surprise a lot of teams.”
The team will be led this year by veteran seniors Brittany St. Germaine and Shayna Santigo, both defensemen.
The first line this year will feature a freshman and two 8th graders. Tannah O’Brien, a freshman, has made the move up front from the defense.
“We’ll use Tannah as a center this year,” Alexander said. “She has great puck skills, is knowledgeable, skates very well and has a hard shot.”
Eighth graders Marrisa Fitzgerald and Carly Lacasse will round out the line.
“Marrisa’s speed will help us tremendously and she knows how to position herself. Carly is a very knowledgeable player who knows where to be looking for the play.”
The second line should consist of sophomore Emily Gregoire and 8th graders Leah Hidenfelter and Alyson Hickey.
“Emily began playing hockey just two years ago and has improved a lot,” the coach said. “Leah is probably one of our hardest workers and really hustles from goal line to goal line. Ally is playing her first year of hockey since the 2nd grade. She is very coachable and willing to learn.”
Also in the mix looking for playing time are junior Michelle Flemming, sophomore Emily Chambers and 8th graders Portia McCarthy and Grace Dufromont.
“They have all showed improvement in the first week of practice,” Coach Alexander said. “They are all very coachable players that want to be here and want to learn.”
Joining Santigo and Brittany St. Germaine on defense are sophomore Natalia Gordon and freshman Jess Ballard.
“They’re veterans,” the coach said. “I think our defense is going to be strong.”
In goal this winter the team has veteran netminder Ariel St. Germaine. A junior this season, it is the fourth season on the team for the talented St. Germaine, who joined the program as an 8th grader.
“Ariel stepped up and played goalie when no one else wanted to,” the coach said. “She has come a long way.”
BMW will be on the ice twice this weekend as they will host Quincy/North Quincy on Sunday at Falmouth at 6:40 PM.