Griffin Vetrano’s latest highlight video may not go viral this time, but it certainly was no less important to the fortunes of the Norwell boys hockey team.
Vetrano finished off a 2-on-1 feed from Timmy Ward at 1:52 of double overtime and the top-seeded Clippers survived a 4-3 battle with #16 Dover-Sherborn/Weston in a Division 4 Round of 16 battle at The Bog in Kingston.
The winning play started on a defensive zone faceoff as Ward took the puck behind the net and then broke up the left side as Vetrano curled at the blue line, both streaking past the defense to create a 2-on-1. Staying wide, Ward fed Vetrano coming down the slot, and the senior then went to the backhand at the left post and beat D-S/Weston goalie Andrew Goldstein (40 saves).
The goal set off a celebration along the boards in front of the Norwell crowd, which is where Vetrano shattered the glass with a leap after his first goal last Saturday against Greenfield, the video catching some national attention over the weekend.
It was the fourth time Norwell took a one-goal lead in the game, but this time D-S/Weston wouldn’t be able to respond.
Ronan Schipani opened the scoring with 5:58 left in the first when he streaked into the zone and beat a challenging Goldstein. It seemed ready to stay 1-0 after one, but off a faceoff Caden Popiel buried a rebound with 1 second left to tie it.
Ward restored the lead for Norwell just 58 seconds into the second, but another quick faceoff goal by Finn Maher pulled D-S/Weston even again. In the third it was Schipani scoring on a 2-on-1 off a far blue line turnover for the 3-2 lead, but Mattias Sarnblad once again found the equalizer for the visitors.
An eight-minute 4-on-4 overtime didn’t settle things, but Vetrano and Ward finished it quickly in the 3-on-3 period.
Connor Burke had three assists and Maher two for D-S/Weston.
Stoneham 7, Hull/Cohasset 4
Junior Danny Storella was the star of the night with five goals, and the #3 Spartans needed every one of them to finally shake the #14 Skippers at Stoneham Arena.
Cam Shinnick and Ryan McGuinness added a goal apiece for Stoneham, which led 3-1 after one period and pushed it to 5-2 after two.
Luke Dunham scored twice for H/C, his second goal cutting it to 5-4 with about five minutes to go before the Spartans added a pair late. Justin Appleby added a goal and assist, and Matt Mahoney a goal.
Sandwich 5, Latin Academy 2
Colin McIver scored a pair of goals, Chris Cardillo scored the big tiebreaking tally in the final minute of the second period and the #4 Blue Knights eventually pulled away from the #13 Dragons at Gallo Ice Arena.
Drew MacKinnon got it started and McIver buried a rebound to give Sandwich a 2-0 lead after one. But Latin Academy responded in the second, getting goals from Liam Smith on the power play and then John Driscoll to pull even. Cardillo’s goal with 24 seconds left in the period gave Sandwich the lead for good.
Caleb Richardson and McIver again added goals in the third. MacKinnon and Cardillo each added an assist, and Mitchell Norkevicius made 18 saves.
Nantucket 2, Martha’s Vineyard 1
Riley Williams scored in overtime off a feed from Cosmo Tedeschi and the #11 Whalers, after splitting the regular-season series with their island archrivals, got the one win that mattered most against the #6 Vineyarders at Martha’s Vineyard Arena.
Tedeschi also scored the tying goal with 2:37 left in the second period before it became a battle between standout goalies Griffin Starr (Nantucket) and Graham Stearns (Vineyard). Williams finally broke that, clinching the Whalers’ deepest postseason run in program history.
After a scoreless first, Finn Lewis gave the Vineyarders the lead before Tedeschi’s equalizer.
Assabet Valley 5, Ashland 3
Thomas Rider batted home a loose puck during a scramble in front with 13:20 to go and the #9 Aztecs pulled off the mild upset of the #8 Clockers at Loring Arena.
Joe Bermingham added an empty-net goal to seal the win for Assabet, which took a 3-1 lead after one period before Ashland stormed back with a pair in the second.
Steven Denn got the scoring started with a blast from the point at 9:17 of the first, and it settled down there until a wild final couple of minutes to the period. First Mark Milko tied it for Ashland with 1:41 left, but Rider responded with a rebound goal 11 seconds later. Just when it appeared Assabet was content with the one-goal lead, Brady Sawyer struck with just 13 seconds to go.
Anthony Rodrigues closed the gap to a goal at 1:05 of the second, and PJ Kissane tied it with 4:17 left in the period for the Clockers.
** Featured image courtesy of @BEACHSKATES