READING — When two top teams meet, there’s usually fireworks. That narrative was in play on Wednesday night in front of a packed Burbank Ice Arena as fifth-ranked Reading toppled No. 4 Woburn 3-2, overcoming a second period filled with penalties.
Reading (14-2-1, 12-2-1 Middlesex Liberty) fell to the Tanners, 3-1, earlier this season. The win moved them into a first-place tie in the league with Woburn (16-2-1, 12-2-1).
Michaela Boyle’s scored twice to up her season goal total to 34, and her coach Peter Seibold called her the best in the league.
“Michaela’s a game-changer,” said Seibold.
Woburn took a 1-0 lead in the first but Boyle’s first tally tied it a minute later. She scored the go-ahead goal two minutes into the second period.
The other reading scorer was freshman Sydney Conte.
Georgie Santullo scored and had an assist for the Tanners. Reading led, 3-1, after two, before Woburn got one back to make it a one-goal game.
“We forechecked really well,” said Seibold. “They couldn’t get in the zone as easily as the first and second periods.”
Junior goalie Maggie Fennelly withstood a late Woburn push to seal the win. A no-goal call at the final whistle ended it.
“It’s big,” said Seibold of the win. “They played all three zones and were consistent. We’ve had that in flashes but this is the game we all brought it together.”
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