Photo: Belmont’s Katie Guden scoring her third and game-winning goal.
The first half of Belmont High Girls’ Ice Hockey home opener at the “Skip” on Thursday night, Dec. 13 was all Medford High as the Mustangs held a 2-0 lead and were peppering the Marauders’ goal with scoring opportunities galore.
The second half was all Belmont’s Katie Guden. The junior forward would put on an offensive show having a part in all of the Marauders five goal in Belmont’s 5-2 victory over the Medford. After opening the season with an away win at Burlington, 5-4, the night before, Wednesday, Dec. 12, Belmont, under head coach Ken Murphy, now stands at 2-0-0.
Number 14 – the same numeral Guden wears as the all-star quarterback of the field hockey team – tallied four goals (one an empty net) and assisted on senior Morgan Chase’s marker leading the Marauders in a four-goal outburst in the final period.
After surrendering a pair of first period goals to Medford’s Brenna Forbes and Elizabeth Lazzaro, Belmont appeared still a bit discombobulated against the speedy Mustang forwards heading into the second period.
Belmont would turn it around by taking advantage of the power play as Guden popped in her first six seconds before the midpoint of the game at 7:36. The Marauders then survived going two down shortly afterward and took control of the game. Just three minutes into the third, Guden found space between the dots at the top of the slot to snap it by Medford’s goalie Terrell Pesaturo to knot the contest at two. Less than four minutes later, it was Guden getting her hat trick by sweeping around the net and back to the slot to wrist the shot high stick side to give the Marauders the lead. The senior nearly made it four a minute later as she “clanged” a shot off the post.
Trailing for the first time in the game, Medford found their energy again but Belmont’s senior goaltender Amanda Hanley sprawled to her left to take a puck off a stick at the side the goal.
Belmont put the home opener beyond reach when Chase scored off a centering pass by Guden with two-and-a-half to play. Guden ended her big night with an empty-netter – with the assist from her field hockey teammate senior defense Jordan Lettiere – while finishing the game with nearly a “Gordie Howe hat trick” ending up in the box ’til the buzzer for a high stick.
Belmont will be at home Saturday, Dec. 15, for a 1 p.m. matinee facing Wilmington which is coming off a stunning upset of perinatal Middlesex League and state top 5 Woburn, 3-1.