Twice as nice in net for Fontbonne girls
Fontbonne Academy’s hockey team is nine games into its season, but already one of the biggest questions for coach Bob Huxley has been answered.
And that question — who is going to play in goal? — has not one answer but two: Samantha Moussalli and Jessica Olivieri .
The freshmen netminders have turned the Ducks’ biggest question mark into one of its most important strengths, lifting the team to a 6-3 record (2-0 in Catholic Conference play) in a season nearing its halfway point.
“They’re both top-notch players and top-notch people,” Huxley said. “It’s at the point where they both practice extremely well, and I think they’re both pretty even. I think we’re going to go right through the season platooning them.”
The similarities between the two are eerie in terms of both statistics and playing styles.
Moussalli, of West Roxbury, has played five games to the tune of a .935 save percentage and 1.21 goals-against average. Olivieri, a Milton native, has a .940 save percentage and a 1.26 GAA in one fewer game.
The solid foundation between the pipes allows Huxley to lay the plans for the rest of his lineup.
Through Sunday, senior captain McKenna Russell, of Stoughton, and junior captain Shannon McIsaac, of Avon, lead the team with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Huxley put junior Madison Devine (Walpole) with the captains on the first line against Boston Latin, and the result was three goals. giving Devine a team-high eight goals.
“They all work as a team and each player makes the other players a little better,” said Huxley.
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