Cards recover in second period to advance past Bow
TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – The Bishop Guertin High School boys hockey team had seen this movie before.
They were just hoping for the same ending.
Earlier this year, they had trailed upstart Bow 1-0 after a period, then stormed back for five goals in a two-goal win.
Same deal in Wednesday night’s 6-2 preliminary round win over the Falcons at Skate 3. Guertin trailed 1-0 after one, scored five times in the second period, and that was that.
“We did the same thing when we played them up there,” said Cards coach Gary Bishop. “It was like a repeat performance. I said ‘What are you guys thinking here? Move your feet, they’ve only got two lines, they can’t go all game long.'”
And now the No. 6, 13-6 Cards hope for a different result when they head to Phillips Exeter Saturday at 1 p.m. to face No. 3 Exeter, which beat them here 3-2 in overtime early in the season.
But first, they had to get past that first period last night, as Bow’s speed gave them fits and led to a goal by Aiden Roy at 7:02
But Guertin owned the second to grab a 5-2 lead heading into the final period.
“We just wanted it right back,” said Cards forward Pat Madden, who was one of six different scorers for BG. “We just wanted that next goal. We were going into (the second period) as if it were 0-0, and I feel we wanted it more.”
First, Ben Young wristed one past Bow netminder Brian Carter (34 stops), who had frustrated the Cards in the first period, just 1:33 into the second. Two minutes later Mike Schaaf slipped one by Carter to give BG the lead for good. The official game-winner was by Sean Wilson, assisted by Young and Derek Amiral, at 6:46 to make it 3-1.
Bow did make it a 3-2 game just 19 seconds after Wilson’s goal, with Devin Perry beating BG goalie Evan Butler (18 stops). But Madden and Aaron Pratt also scored before period’s end and Guertin was in command.
The No. 11 Falcons (7-12), were gassed by the time the third period came.
“I think so,” Bow coach Tim Walsh said. “We don’t have enough hockey players right now. It wears you out. You don’t have to play three lines the entire game, but you have to do it at some point.”
Amiral got a goal in the third just coming out of the box to finish with a goal and two assists, while Young had the same. Schaaf, Madden, Christian Milward and Sam Cronin each had single assists while Dan Woodford had two.
“The Amaral line (with Young and Woodford) came up big for us,” Bishop said.
And now it’s on to the quarters, a round that foiled the Cards a year ago.
“We’re feeling pretty good right now,” Madden said. “It’s playoffs, we think we can have a really good game at Exeter.”
“They’re better, we’re better,” Bishop said. “We’re looking for a great game.”
Just a different result.