Drake Busts Record
West Lebanon — Something about milestones brings the best out of Lebanon girls hockey senior Chrissy Drake.
Needing five points to surpass graduated ex-teammate Kyra Herbert as the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer, Drake matched a career high with five goals — including the game winner 2 minutes, 25 seconds into overtime — in Lebanon’s 5-4 win over Concord at Campion Rink last night.
The only other time Drake scored five goals was Dec. 28 against Souhegan, when the effort gave her career point No. 100.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Drake. “I didn’t expect to be in a position for this (entering the season), and then after I got 100, it looked like it might be close. I knew it would probably come down to near the end of the year. I came into the game a little nervous, but I knew my linemates would make it happen.”
Drake deposited her first goal late in the first period to begin a Raiders ascent out of an early 3-0 hole, then scored three times more in the first 2:16 of the second to give the Raiders a 4-3 lead.
The overtime winner came from the slot on feeds from Loren McEwen (four assists) and Aubrie Mazurek and gave Drake 138 points, one more than former linemate Herbert garnered over four seasons for the Raiders. Second-place Lebanon improved to 12-3-1 with the win and earned a regular-season sweep of the Crimson Tide (4-10-1).
“The greatest attribute about Chrissy is the way she sees the ice,” said Raiders coach Brad Shaw. “She can come up the ice, see the traffic, get the puck to her teammates and then get separation and get herself back open. And the other thing about her is she just has a killer shot.”
Drake’s rapid-succession strikes at the start of the second period gave the Raiders momentum after they appeared unfocused and a touch lackadaisical in the first 15 minutes.
Concord junior winger Annie Mullen (hat trick, assist) had three points in the first 12:15 of action, tipping in a feed from Elizabeth Donlon in the fifth minute, poking in the rebound of an Erika Moffitt pad save in the 12th and scoring point blank on a pass from Katlyn Dasey on the power play with 2:45 left in the period.
Less than a minute later, a charging Raiders top line made it 3-1 when senior Amelia Gage tapped to McEwen and she quickly found Drake at the left post to make it 3-1.
Even with that spark, the Raiders needed to gather themselves at the first intermission on a night when Drake wasn’t the only Lebanon player aiming for a milestone. Lebanon’s only other senior, Gage, entered the game needing just two points to reach 100 for her career.
“I had to remind them who we were,” said Shaw. “We were so revved up about senior night, and we were thinking more about records than about hockey. I told the girls to relax and play like we practice.”
Apparently, Raider practices are fairly exquisite. Their edge in the second period was clear from the opening faceoff, firing rapidly on Concord netminder Arielle Berger (24 saves) with Drake goals coming at 36 seconds (from Sierra Rogers), 1:49 (from Micaela Schones and McEwen) and 2:16 (from McEwen and Mazurek). The third tally of the barrage came on a rocket from the top of the right slot as Drake tied Herbert 137 career points.
“We knew we made some mistakes in that first period, but our line has great chemistry,” Drake said of the mental approach to the second period. “We know how to find each other open because we know where each other are going to be.”
Concord tied it with 2:17 left in the second period when Mullen struck on a out front from Donlon to make it 4-4.Neither team played with much luster in the third period until the latter stages, when both did their best to avoid overtime.
Berger halted a strong offering from Karli Swenson with 3:32 to play, then stopped a Drake bid from the left point with under 1:30 to go. On the other end, Moffitt snuffed a breakaway opportunity from the Tide’s Emily Scheer with just 17 seconds remaining.
Drake endeavored with earnest to make quick work of Concord in the OT, delivering her historic goal on the third shift of the extra session.
“I hate overtime; I just really wanted to get it over with,” she said. “I didn’t want it to keep going back and fourth.”
Jared Pendak can be reached at email@example.com or 603-727-3306.