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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Medfield/Norton girls varsity hockey team hosted rival Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton on Saturday afternoon at Boch Arena in Dedham.
The Warriors (7-5-2, 3-3-1) entered looking to earn points for the third consecutive game following a 2-2 tie with Franklin and a 4-2 win at Dedham. The Raiders (1-13-3, 1-5-1), meanwhile, traveled to Dedham looking to snap a four-game losing skid.
Just 3:22 in, junior forward Taylor Guindon fired home a wrist shot bar-down from the right hash marks to draw first blood for Medfield. The Warriors would carry their one-goal edge into the first intermission.
At 3:01 of the second period, sophomore forward Grenne Campbell doubled Medfield’s advantage to 2-0, scooping up a loose puck in the neutral zone before dashing in on a breakaway and finishing a wrist shot upstairs. With time winding down in the period, Emily Swinamer nearly cut the deficit in half for DS/Hopkinton. The freshman forward won the battle to a loose puck in the neutral zone, flew in a on a breakaway but was turned aside by the glove of Medfield freshman goalie Katelyn Cardoso, preserving a 2-0 lead for the Warriors after two periods.
The Warriors maintained control and cycled the puck well in the offensive end for the majority of the third period. Medfield killed off a DS/Hopkinton power play with five minutes remaining to prevent the Raiders from cutting into the deficit. The clock ran out and Medfield came away with the 2-0 victory.
Medfield/Norton will look to continue the winning trend when the Warriors host Norwood on February 8. DS/Hopkinton will try and get back on track at Medway the same afternoon.
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