MASSENA - Massenas Maddi Dillabough is no stranger to big hockey games, having played on the Potsdam Ice Storm 16U team that finished second place in the nation in 2012.
Ms. Dillabough, a sophomore who starts in goal for the Massena Red Raiders, is now looking at another honor, but this time an individual one, as she finds herself among 10 finalists for WPTZs Play of the Year.
The play was a save made in the third period against St. Albans, Vt.s Bellows Free Academy, in the semifinals of the schools annual Christi Corrian Blitz Tournament.
At the time the score was 1-0. Reflecting back on the play, Ms. Dillabough said she thought her team was looking at a tie game.
When I saw the rebound, I thought the chances wouldnt really be in my favor, she said. Its a difficult save, but I had one like it before. I probably dont want to rely on saves like that, but it worked again.
Jennifer Gray who coaches the Red Raiders hockey team, said as she was watching the play unfold, she thought there was going to be a tie game.
At first I thought it was going to be a goal, but then I was excited when I saw her save, Ms. Gray said. It was an impressive save. The play took place on the opposite side of the ice, and as you know, the puck can move faster than the girls can, but she got there just in the nick of time.
In the days that followed the game, which was played on Dec. 13, Ms. Dillabough learned she had the number one play for the week of Dec. 19. Now she finds herself competing against other members of the Top 10, including mostly college athletes and even two plays that were featured on ESPNs SportsCenter.
Its pretty cool. Ive always wanted to see what it looks like when Im out on the ice and its pretty awesome, Ms. Dillabough said,
When asked what she was thinking in the moments leading up to that play, Ms. Dillabough said she doesnt usually remember individual saves, but this is one save she does remember.
I dont really remember many of my saves, but I do remember this one, she said. I was thinking, Oh crap, this is going to be a tough one, but then I got it.
Ms. Gray, who noted the team later added an empty-netter and won the game 2-0, called the save a pretty big play.
At that point it was 1-0, so it was a close game, she said.
Since the top 10 plays first aired on Christmas day, Ms. Dillabough said she has heard from a lot of people have said theyre voting for her.
A lot of people have told me they were voting for me as much as they could, she said, adding shes not sure how the voting will turn out.
Ive watched all the other plays that have been nominated and they were all really impressive, she said. I guess if I won, it would mean my play was pretty impressive too.
WPTZ is an NBC affiliate based out of Plattsburgh and Burlington, Vt. To watch each of the top 10 plays and cast your vote for Ms. Dillabough, visit the link listed below. Voting will continue through New Years Eve, at which point the station will name its play of the year.
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