The winter season started on a down, yet still promising note, as the combined Watertown/Belmont high schools girls’ ice hockey team lost to their chief nemesis, the Duxbury High Dragons, 3-2, in the season opener on Saturday, Dec. 13 held in Kingston.
The Maraiders – combining the team’s Marauders and Raiders – held a 2-1 lead over the defending Dev. 1 state champions late in the first period by goals scored from Belmont’s Erin McLaughlin (on the power play with an assist by Belmont defenseman Serena Nally) and Watertown’s all-star Emily Loprete who took the puck the length of the rink to score on a backhand.
Yet Watertown/Belmont could not hold off this year’s top-rated team, with Dragon freshman Kelly McCarthy scoring the game winner on a breakaway four minutes into the final period.
It’s expected the Maraiders and the Dragons will meet up once again in the playoffs in March.