Nashua North, BG hockey teams skate to 1-1 tie

TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Is there ever a winner in a 1-1 tie?

You might say it could have been Nashua High School North after its deadlock with Bishop Guertin at Skate 3 on Saturday.

The 7-7-1 Titans had suffered through a few frustrating late-game losses in the last few weeks, and at least that didn’t happen.

“We were disappointed we didn’t get the ‘W’,” North coach Dan Legro said. “But we’re, as coaches, not disappointed with our players or our effort. We’re happy with our performance because this season we’ve had a lot of games – I’d say too many games – where we lost on the last shift or two.”

As for the 4-8-2 Cardinals, they were just as desperate for a win, as they’re trying to push into the Division I tournament with just two weeks and a rugged schedule left.

“We needed a win, and now we’ve got ourselves behind the eight-ball, really,” Cards coach Gary Bishop said. “We’re still in the hunt; we’ve just got to win some more games.”

Why didn’t a win happen for either team? Tough luck on the power play.

The Cards took 11 penalties, five in the third period and overtime, but North went 0-for-6 with the man or two-man advantage.

The Titans took nine penalties, and Guertin’s only goal did come during one of them when Max McCabe stuffed home a rebound past netminder Jake Genest (20 saves) at 6:24 of the opening period. Evan Dalaker and Nick Apostolakes had assists.

Standing in North’s way was Guertin goalie Griffin Scanlon. He was the victim of a great 4-on-4 play by Titan Jake Latham when Latham shot the puck and retrieved the rebound in the left corner and just fired it off Scanlon into the net at 9:30 of the second period.

But Scanlon got his revenge. From the start of the third period through the overtime, he had 18 saves, and 29 for the game.

“The goalie on the other team saved their day,” Legro said. “He made some big ones, some point-blank rebounds. He’d get something on it or something. Hats off to Scanlon.”

“Those games are my favorite when you keep getting shots,” Scanlon said. “We had plenty of chances to score. You always want to play well, but we’ve just got to keep moving forward and try to win the next game.”

It was amazing that Guertin survived the onslaught. The ultimate in frustration had to come when BG defenseman Keith Murphy sprawled in front of the net with Scanlon down to rob the Titans early in the overtime.

Still, they felt OK.

“I think it’s good,” Latham said. “I think we’re back on the right track now, back to playing the way we were at the beginning of the season. Right before the playoffs, (the tie) is good timing.”