Mass. Boys Division 2 Tournament – Wednesday Recap: Silver Lake Comeback Stuns North Attleboro In OT; Walpole Tops Wakefield in Shootout; Canton, Duxbury Prevail

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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After falling behind by three goals midway through the second period, and again by two goals entering the final minutes of regulation, Silver Lake easily could have been deterred and chalked things up to one of those unfortunate nights that can happen in a one-and-done postseason.

Sam Dilley
Silver Lake

But the Lakers wouldn’t be denied, as Sam Dilley’s second goal of the game tied it with 20.6 seconds left in regulation, setting the stage for Pat Murphy’s game-winner in overtime as the #9 Lakers stunned #25 North Attleboro, 5-4, in a Division 2 Round of 16 game at Hobomock Ice Arena.

It was a 4-2 game when Aidan Dunphy skated in from the left circle and snapped home a wrist shot with 2:37 left, cutting the Lakers’ deficit in half. After a timeout with 1:22 to go, SL coach Dan Scott pulled goalie Peter Bond for an extra attacker on an offensive zone faceoff.

The Lakers kept hammering away and, following an NA timeout with 51.4 to go, kept the puck in the zone. Dunphy skated the puck from the left point into the corner and then found Dilley with a diagonal pass to the top of the high slot. Dilley took a stride and snapped a shot off the left post and in to tie it at 4.

With new life, the Lakers didn’t waste much time winning it in the 4-on-4 overtime. Murphy forced a turnover in the defensive zone and broke out with Dunphy and Gavin Sampson on what eventually became a 3-on-1. Murphy got to the right circle and didn’t hesitate firing one inside the far left post at the 3:18 mark.

Early on it looked to be North Attleboro’s night again. Coming off an upset of #8 Newton South, the Red Rocketeers led 1-0 after one on a Brady Sarro goal, and pushed it to 3-0 as Sam Clarke and Mark Ayvazyan scored 41 seconds apart midway through the second.

After a brief timeout following a mid-ice collision that left a player from each side shaken up, the Lakers converted on the ensuing power play – Mark Kelleher batting home a rebound at the right post at 9:14. Dilley buried another power play goal with 1:53 left to cut it to 3-2 entering the final period.

Ayvazyan added his second just 42 seconds into the third to push NA’s lead back to 4-2, where it stayed until the dramatic final minutes of regulation and overtime.

Dunphy finished with a goal and three assists, Dilley two goals and an assist, and Kelleher a goal and an assist. Sarro had a pair of assists in addition to his goal for the Rocketeers.

Walpole 2, Wakefield 1

It took more than a week into the 2022 hockey tournament – and roughly 140 games total – before one couldn’t be settled in regulation or either of two eight-minute overtime periods.

Matt Bianculli Walpole

Tim Abplanalp and Matt Bianculli made sure the first overtime shootout of March would go in the Timberwolves’ favor. Abplanalp made four consecutive stops in the five-player shootout after Bianculli converted Walpole’s only successful attempt in the first round, and #6 Walpole came away with the victory over the #11 Warriors at Rodman Arena.

Bianculli beat Wakefield goalie Gabe Brissette with a quick little backhand move to the left. Brissette wouldn’t allow another, but Abplanalp was even more stingy at the other end.

Eddie Jackson scored the regulation goal on the power play for the Timberwolves to make it 1-0 going into the third, when Ryan Rossini tipped home the equalizer for Wakefield.

Abplanalp finished with 29 saves for Walpole, Brissette with 34 for the Warriors.

Canton 4, Plymouth North 1

Make it 21 consecutive wins following an 0-2-1 start for the #3 Bulldogs, who scored three times late in the first period and held on from there to topple the #14 Eagles at Canton Ice House.

Eddie Gillis opened the scoring with 3:30 left in the first, and Brennan Pecararo doubled the lead less than two minutes later. AJ Thomas then delivered a backbreaking goal with 1 second left to send the Bulldogs flying into the intermission.

Thomas’ second goal capped Canton’s scoring early in the second period and the defense did the rest, aside from a Josh Bates goal for Plymouth North with 12 seconds left in the second.

Duxbury 5, Dartmouth 1

Dan Bird scored a pair of goals and the #5 Dragons used another big third period to pull away from the #12 Indians and take the victory at The Bog.

With the Dragons holding a tight 2-1 lead entering the third, Bird scored the middle of a three-goal sequence in a span of four minutes to break it open. Connor O’Connell made it 3-1, then Bird and Tyler Walser put the finishing touches on Duxbury’s victory.

Duxbury never trailed, and after a scoreless opening period took a 1-0 lead on Brendan Bonner’s goal with 11:31 left in the second. Bird scored his first with 3:42 left in the period before James Charrier got Dartmouth on the board going into the final 15 minutes.

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