READING – Keeping a typical degree of focus and composure for senior night time could be a problem, one the Reading boys hockey workforce is aware of a bit of too effectively about after losses the final two years.
But simply when each appeared to flee the Rockets in an necessary Middlesex League Liberty rematch on Saturday, they reeled them in to tug out a memorable comeback for 12 seniors.
Costly penalties had a annoyed Reading group down two scores getting into the second intermission, but it surely buried 4 unanswered targets within the third interval to rally previous Woburn, 5-3, at Burbank Ice Arena.
Seniors had been proper in the midst of it, as Cam Fahey’s second aim of the sport gave the Rockets (12-3) their first lead halfway by means of the body. Senior Matt Fichera’s second help fed the tying aim simply three minutes prior, which senior goalie Chris Hanifan (18 saves) additionally received his first profession help amid a whole vitality shift.
“There was definitely a lot emotion in the locker room after period two because of what I would call a lack of discipline,” stated Reading head coach Mark Doherty. “We do have good senior leadership, they work hard. … (The response) was good. Good leadership, very upset captains. It was good, it was time to grow up.”
As composure took a nosedive over the ultimate two minutes of the second interval, it seemed as if the Tanners (11-3) had been going to double up on their 4-0 win over Reading from earlier within the yr.
Jack Lee buried his second aim of the night time for Woburn to snap a 1-1 tie, utilizing an influence play with 1:20 left within the body to retake an early lead. Hanifan dedicated a roughing penalty with 7.8 seconds left when a Tanner skated into him following a save, and Jack McEleney (two assists) took benefit of it for a 3-1 lead with simply 0.3 on the clock.
Reading led in photographs 27-17, however a three-penalty interval and a two-goal deficit confirmed a wanted change in angle.
“We were definitely not upset with how we were playing, just the discipline – that stuff got in the way,” Doherty stated.
“Coach gave us a speech, said we can’t let emotion get ahead of us,” added senior captain TJ Michel. “We’ve just got to play hockey. Good teams find a way to win, battle adversity, and that’s just what we did in that third.”
Fichera plucked a turnover in Woburn’s zone and slid it a couple of toes to sophomore Jack Melly for a aim from the excessive slot simply 59 seconds into the third. Not even 4 minutes in, Hanifan then made up for his pricey penalty by discovering a wide-open Fichera down the ice on a Tanners’ line change. He thread the needle to Ryan MacCurtain getting into the zone, and the sophomore tied up the rating at 3-3.
“I knew I had some weight on my shoulders because of a stupid penalty,” Hanifan stated. “I knew we needed to regroup pretty well, down two going into the third.”
Fahey netted the game-winner with 8:41 left on a wrist shot whereas skating up prime throughout the center. Reading went on to commit two extra penalties, however staved each off in a messy ending. Junior Jack Filipksi’s first profession aim on an empty-netter with eight seconds left was icing on the cake of a top quality win, particularly with how Logan Roderick (35 saves) performed in internet for Woburn.