Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bridgewater-Raynham Hockey Tops Braintree for Spot in Creek Oyster Cup Final

 By Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports)

KINGSTON, Mass. - Few teams could ever go a whole season without letting up a goal.

Three games in, the Braintree High boys’ hockey team is no longer one of the rare teams with a perfect defensive performance thus far. The Bridgewater-Raynham Trojans (2-1-0) changed that on Tuesday afternoon, bruising their way to a 3-1 win over the Wamps at The Bog in Kingston in the first round of the Island Creek Oyster Cup.

“I told the guys we were going to find out what kind of team we had today," Trojans head coach Dave Patrick said. “And we found out. We’ve got one right here and we can play.”

In their first two regular season games, the Wamps outscored their foes, 15-0. By the time the second period was done against the Trojans, they had allowed two more goals than they had in the previous seven periods.

On the day, the Trojans were outshot 25-13, yet they were able to find openings. An example would be less than five minutes into the second period when senior forward Colin Trahon tipped in a puck into the net from the left side, effectively killing the Wamps' defensive streak. Trahon scored the goal off a long pass from senior defenseman Tyler Harrington, who was near the blue line on the right side of the ice.

Nearly ten minutes later, senior defenseman Matt Webber doubled the Trojans’ lead, slipping the pick into the Wamps net in a crowd of players just outside the crease.

They might not have been able to come back, but the Wamps did not go down quietly. With 8:12 remaining in the game, sophomore defenseman Brett Lockhart put one past Trojans first year starter Connor Harkins, who recorded 24 saves in net.

“I can’t say enough about him,” Patrick said when speaking about Harkins. “He’s special. He’s very quick. The rest of the team did a great job behind him today.”

Just 22 seconds after the Lockhart goal, the Trojans responded. Senior forward Joey McDermott -- assisted by Trahon and senior forward John Sweeney -- gave the Trojans an insurance goal, putting them up 3-1.

Defensively, the Trojans received strong play from senior captain Brian Cellini and fellow senior Tyler Harrington.

“They kept people out from in front of our net,” Patrick said. “We had too much action around there in the last two games. But we did a lot better job of that today.”

With the win, the Trojans will face Duxbury on Thursday for the Oyster Cup final.

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