By John Anderson

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Auburn girls hockey defeated Bishop Fenwick on Wednesday night, 4-3, and it was a win the Rockets desperately needed. Starting the season with five losses is tough, especially when the team is playing well. In the team’s tenth year, Coach Pete LaPrad told Auburn Mass Daily, “We’ve been competitive in every game, even if the score didn’t reflect it.”

Senior Katie Mason had a huge impact on this win, and she earned a hat trick in the process. Just over a minute into the game, Mason scored with an assist by Julia Crowley, and with less than a minute left in the first period, she scored on a penalty shot.

Mason scored five minutes into the second assisted by Julia Crowley and Anna Sosik. Bishop Fenwick also got two goals, but they never pulled ahead of the Rockets. Sophomore Amalia Monson scored with 1 second left in the second with Samantha Foulkrod assisting and put Auburn up 4-2.

Fenwick scored once more in the third, and despite pulling their goalie, they could not find the back of the net. The Rocket defense was excellent in the last few minutes, and keeper Annie Graves recorded 16 saves for the game.

Coach LaPrad said the team’s opening schedule was challenging, “Our team is playing top teams in the upper divisions. We’re pushing the envelope and trying to elevate this team.”

Last night, at least, the Rockets were elevated.

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