CANTON — The situation was similar, as was the result.
For the second straight year, the Winchester High girls hockey team pushed the top-seeded team in the MIAA Division 2 state tournament to the limit in the round of 16 game only to drop a one-goal game.
This time, the Sachems fell to Walpole, 2-1 in overtime on Sunday at the Canton Ice House.
“A year ago, we played Wellesley and lost 3-2,” said Winchester coach Craig Seabury. “They went on to win the state championship. Now we play Walpole and take them to overtime. Next year we’ll have a slightly older group and maybe it will be different.”
Winchester, the 16th seed, finished its season at 9-7-7 while Walpole improved to 17-3-1.
“The North Shore teams are always tough, even if they don’t have the best record,” said Walpole coach Joe Verderber. “The league they play in is so tough. To be honest, we didn’t want to play them. We played them about eight years ago up in Stoneham. We were the higher seeded team and they beat us.”
Madison Ryan scored the winning goal for the Rebels at one minute and 34 seconds into the first six-minute, 4-on-4 overtime period.
The game was scoreless through the first two periods. At 7:10 of the first period, Walpole’s Olivia Malone found the back of the net on a power play but the goal was disallowed because a player had a helmet come off their head.
“After the goal was called back, it took us while to get back where we wanted to be,” Verderber said. “The second period was kind of a hodgepodge for both teams.”
The Rebels took the lead at 11:24 of the third period. Jess Tosone knocked in the puck while in the middle of a crowd in front of the Sachems’ net.
Thirty-three seconds after Walpole’s goal, Winchester went on a power play when Audra Tosone went to the box for tripping. The Sachems called timeout with 2:19 left. With 1:41 remaining Winchester goalie Amy Scali left the ice for a sixth skater. Almost a minute later, with 10 seconds remaining on the power play, Issy Brissette put in a rebound from the left of the goal, tying the score. Isa Healey and Amelia Lynch assisted.
“We drew that up well,” Seabury said. “We called the timeout halfway through the power play. We maintained possession and pulled the goalie. We scored. Then we almost won it at the end on a 2-on-1.”
After a turnover in the neutral zone, Lynch had a chance to win it for the Sachems with six seconds left in the third period, but her shot was just wide.
In the overtime, Walpole kept the pressure on the Sachems’ keeping the puck in the Winchester end for almost the entire period before Murphy’s goal.
“Overtime is very different with the 4-on-4,” Seabury said.
Winchester graduates one player, Alexi Monti.
“We were really playing well those last three weeks,” Seabury said. “We look forward to having these kids back next season.”