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January 30, 2013

Coming to a rink near you

Masconomet girls hockey game set for Graf tonight

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The Newburyport boys hockey team has enjoyed a crazier than usual fan base this season, thanks to some body paint and creative chants. That is exactly the atmosphere Twomey wants to expose her players to.

“Newburyport boys hockey has always had a very strong fan base,” said Twomey. “So, absolutely, I’d love to tap into their fan base a little (and) it made sense to, rather than going to Haverhill (where the Masco boys play), to play it at the Graf. We can really pack the fans in, and even if there aren’t that many, it will end up looking like more people are there. It’s just a good rink in that Newburyport and Triton house their youth programs there. So it seemed to make sense. If there’s a rink up here in the Cape Ann League, the Graf is it.”

This season has been not only the first for Twomey as head coach, but the first where the Chieftains can skate more than one line. Things have been going nicely as they sit on an 8-3-0 record so far.

“This has been a big year for us, the program has changed quite a bit, and I’ve been extremely happy,” said Twomey. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to be there for my first year. For the challenges we’ve faced as a team this year, we’ve overcome them, and I think that we continue to get better.”

Speaking of improving, tonight represents a chance for the Chieftains to get a little something back in a rematch with the Mustangs, who are one of the three blemishes on their record. Medford posted a 3-1 victory over Masco Jan. 7, and two of the Mustangs’ goals came on the power play.

“Out of our three losses, there are two that we certainly want to get back,” said Twomey. “And luckily, we get to get one of them back (tonight). This will be a different game (too), we will be playing in our home rink and hopefully playing in front of a ton of fans.”

More fans and more players are what Hodge is hoping for.

“More girls should join the team,” said Hodge. “More girls should play. This is only my second year on the team, and I think that if more people know about it now, the better.”

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