Duxbury, Hingham girls battle to 3-3 tie

KINGSTON — Playing for the third time in just over two weeks, there was plenty of familiarity between Duxbury and Hingham.

And while the Dragons took the first two contests over the Harborwomen by a combined 10-3 margin, there was no separating the Patriot League rivals on Saturday.

In a back-and-forth affair, Duxbury notched three power-play goals while Hingham’s Kathryn Karo netted two goals, including the game-tying tally with 2:59 left in the third period to force a 3-3 draw at The Bog Ice Arena.

“Our team showed we can play with anybody, we just got to play within the system,” said Hingham coach Tom Findley. “Our big players came up big.”

Duxbury (7-0-1) looked on the verge of another win over Hingham (2-4-2) when Ayla Abban scored from within front on the man-advantage with 8:33 remaining in the third period.

But the Harborwomen displayed their resiliency as Ryan Maguire dished off a pass to Karo and Karo rifled the equalizer past Anna McGinty (17 saves).

“At the end of the game, they executed a play coming out of the zone and we lost coverage,” said Duxbury coach Dan Najarian.

Duxbury struck first in the opening frame as Lily Sparrow shot through a screen for a goal just 11 seconds into a power-play opportunity.

Erin Packard then knotted things up for Hingham in the final minute of the first period with a shot from the point that redirected into the back net.

Karo, with a sensational individual effort, proceeded to give Hingham a 2-1 lead with 5:33 left in the second period. She started out out of her own zone and weaved through the entire Dragons defense before circling behind the back of Duxbury’s net and firing top shelf for the goal.

It was Duxbury’s turn to respond as the Dragons took advantage of another Hingham penalty. Ani Flaherty put home a bouncing puck with 10.6 seconds left before the second intermission, forcing a deadlock that remained after the final buzzer.

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