Mass. Boys Division 2 Tournament – Friday Recap: Duxbury Outlasts Masconomet in OT; Tewksbury Outduels Silver Lake; Gloucester Wins Wild Battle With Norwood

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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When Matt McMillan scored the tying goal for Masconomet in the waning moments of regulation Friday night, it could have completely swung the momentum of the Division 2 quarterfinal at Chelmsford Forum.

Except that Duxbury goalie Sam Mazanec wouldn’t let it happen. And then Aidan Harrington and the Dragons took it back for good.

Duxbury’s Brady Glass scored the Dragons first goal, tucking the puck past Masco goalie Nick Santangelo early in the second period. Dragons won 3-2, in overtime.

Harrington finished off a 2-on-1 break with 2:57 left in the eight-minute 4-on-4 overtime, lifting the fifth-seeded Dragons to the 3-2 victory over #4 seed Masco.

Brendan Bonner started the winning play when he broke out along with Harrington, and then avoided a check from a Masco defender along the left half wall. Bonner actually hesitated as another Masco defender slid to break up the play, the puck again skidding across the crease to a wide-open Harrington, who flipped the shot over prone Masco goalie Nick Santangelo.

Masco had pressed hard for the equalizer in the closing minutes, only to be denied time and again by Mazanec (38 saves) until McMillan finally cashed in with a shot from low in the left circle with 45 seconds left in regulation.

Richie Guarino gave Masco a 1-0 lead after one period, but Duxbury responded on a Brady Glass tally in the second. Harrington’s first goal, just 17 seconds into the third period, gave Duxbury the lead.

Tewksbury’s Sean Lane snaps home the Redmen’s fourth goal of the night during a second period power play.

Tewksbury 4, Silver Lake 1

The top-seeded Redmen scored three times in the opening period, including a goal from Matthew Cooke just 21 seconds into the game, and prevailed in a tense, penalty-filled affair against the #9 Lakers at Breakaway Ice Center.

Cooke scored twice in the period, sandwiching a Tyler Barnes tally, to send the Redmen rolling. Jason Cooke had a pair of assists in the period.

Sean Lane made it 4-0 in a second period that was marred by rough play. A total of six players from the two teams received game misconducts in the final two periods.

Ben O’Keefe made 19 saves for the Redmen, allowing only a goal by the Lakers’ Aidan Dunphy with 2:57 to play.

Jack Costanzo Gloucester

Gloucester 6, Norwood 4

Jack Costanzo scored four goals, including the tiebreaking and clinching tallies in the third period to lift the #2 Fishermen past the #7 Mustangs at Dorothy Talbot Rink.

Costanzo’s goal came on a controversial play when an apparent whistle was blown from the stands, causing players from both sides – and even the officials – to hesitate momentarily. But Costanzo kept going and beat Norwood goalie Ethan Barrows 5-hole with 4:37 left. During a delay to clean up the hats thrown on the ice, the officials conferred and deciding to let the goal stand.

The Fishermen had to overcome a pair of penalties late before Costanzo scored a 6-on-4 shorthanded goal with 33.4 seconds left.

Norwood had erased a two-goal deficit already in the third period, both on goals by defensemen Kyle Leger from the blue line, the latter tying it with 7:51 to go.

Gloucester grabbed an early 1-0 lead on an Emerson Marshall tally, but the Mustangs converted a pair of turnovers into goals by Kevin Broderick and Conor Lydon.

Costanzo scored twice and Derek Ellms once for Gloucester in a second period in which Marshall also took a big hit behind the net that went unpenalized and had to leave the game.

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