AUBURN, Maine - The Concord Capitals Girls 19U Nationals won the USA Hockey Girls Tier II 19U New England District Tournament division final as underdogs. They went into the tournament as the NH #2 seed and missing a number of their players. This did not phase the team at all as they were all business and were there to win.
They opened up the tournament against the #2 Connecticut representative Shoreline Sharks on Friday night. The Capitals came out flying and dominated the game winning 5 - 0.
The next day the ladies were up against the defending NE District champion Vermont Shamrocks. The teams were evenly matched throughout the game trading shot after shot on the goalies. In the second period the Shamrocks were able to put the puck passed Abbey Houle on a rebound to put them up 1 - 0. The Capitals were not able to come up with the equalizer and ended up losing to the Shamrocks.
In the second game of the day they played against a familiar team in the Connecticut Northern Lights. These teams had met a couple times before, in the regular season, and they were both hard fought contests. Plus, this was a rematch of last year’s semi-final matchup where the Northern Lights knocked out the lady's in overtime 2 - 1. The Capitals were determined not to have the same outcome and poured on the offense against them winning handily 5 - 1 to given them the #1 seed moving into the Semi-Finals on Sunday.
The Capitals drew their rivals the Seacoast Lady Spartans who beat them in the NH State playoffs in overtime 2 - 1. The Capitals were looking forward to matching up against them to redeem the loss in the states. This was a physical contest between the teams and neither of them backed down to the challenge. Both goalies, Megan Fiske (Seacoast) and Abby Houle (Concord) were amazing between the pipes. At the end of 51 minutes of regulation hockey the score was knotted at 0 - 0. They went into a 10-minute overtime and both teams had golden opportunities to put the game away. Neither of them could capitalize on their chances and the game remained tied 0 - 0. The teams left the ice to rest and to allow it to be resurfaced. Both teams came out quickly on the fresh ice, determined to put the game away. With just over 3 minutes left in the 2nd overtime Drea Chin threw the puck on net from the blue, with a screen in front by Morgan Sisson, and it found the back of the net. With the victory it earned them a berth in the championship against the Vermont Shamrocks.
With only a two and half hour rest the Capitals were back on the ice to redeem their only loss in the round robin to the Shamrocks. Just like their first matchup, this was a fast paced and physical game between these two evenly matched teams. The Shamrocks opened up the scoring in the first period on a shorthanded goal to put them up 1 - 0. The scored remained the same until the 3rd period. The girls dug deep into the tank for energy, as they knew a trip to the USA Nationals was on the line. With only five minutes left in the third the Capitals got the equalizer on a tip out front by Molly Flanagan. Not less than two minutes later the Capitals went ahead on another tipped goal by Colleen Donoghue to put the Capitals up 2 - 1. The stunned Shamrocks took a timeout to try and regroup for the final 3 minutes of the game. With a minute and half left, in the game, the Shamrocks pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Sydney Fascetta had a chance to put the game away, but was taken down by the Shamrock player, in front of the net, and the puck slid wide. The Capitals held off the Shamrock's attack to win the Championship and earn a berth into the USA Nationals as the 19U Tier II New England District Champions April 5 - 9 in Marlborough, MA.