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Quinn Explodes For Six Goals, Redmen Romp Over No. Andover, 8-4

Dec 21, 2014 12:11AM ● By Rick Spencer

Colin Quinn (2) cruises toward the North Andover net on the way to his record-setting six-goal night for Tewksbury.

After averaging 38 shots per game and scoring only four goals in their first two contests this season, it should probably come as no surprise that the talented Tewksbury High hockey team exploded for eight goals in an 8-4 victory over an unsuspecting North Andover team Saturday night at the Breakaway Ice Center.
But what no one expected was that six of those goals would come from just one player.
Senior forward Colin Quinn, all 5-foot-9, 145 pounds of him, rewrote the TMHS hockey record book in just one night, scoring a school record six goals in a once-in-a-lifetime performance that no Tewksbury player in recent memory -- or perhaps ever -- can claim to have matched.
"That has to be a record," said 15th-year TMHS head coach Derek Doherty. "Six goals? Not since I've coached and not since I played here. The kids think a couple guys might have had four, or maybe five once. But definitely not six. Man oh man, every time he scored I was like 'Oh my god, he just scored again!'"
"I've never seen anything like that," agreed Quinn's linemate, senior captain Ryan Petti, who almost as remarkably, assisted on all six of Quinn’s goals.. "Quinn is a special player. I love playing with him. We feed off each other well and we make each other better. But six goals for him, I mean that’s an unreal achievement."

Quinn and Petti got things started just over five minutes into the first period when they combined for a short-handed goal, with Quinn sliding it home. Quinn made it 2-0, Petti and Sean Brady assisting, just three minutes later. The same three players combined on Quinn's third goal with 49 seconds left in the first period, giving Quinn a natural hat trick.

Senior forward Ryan Meade added insult to injury by scoring Tewksbury’s fourth goal with just eight seconds left in the period, and the route was on.

Quinn, who scored 10 goals as a junior last season, scored his fourth of the game and fifth of the season just one minute into the second period to make it 5-0 in favor of the Redmen. Petti made it 6-0 with his first goal of the season, Sean Budryk assisting, at the 6:15 mark of the second.

North Andover scored its first goal with 6:53 left in the second period to make it 7-1, but Quinn responded with his fifth goal of the game (No. 6 for the season).with 4:10 left in the second. Quinn recorded his record-setting sixth goal of the night just two minutes into the third period, Meade and Petti assisting, to wrap up Tewksbury’s scoring. With both coaches emptying their benches, North Andover scrambled for three meaningless goals in the last eight minutes of the game, but thanks to Quinn, there was never any doubt as to who would win this game.

After suffering through a frustrating, 3-1 loss to Chelmsford Wednesday in spite of enjoying a 33-12 shots on goal advantage, Doherty was visibly relieved after the game.
"Net front presence, guys crashing the net, playing with a little more energy," Doherty said. "We had two good days of practice and we went over a lot of stuff. We didn't execute things properly against Chelmsford. We didn't crash the net, we were playing outside the perimeter. But tonight we had a lot of net front presence. We got guys more in front, more involved, kind of breaking up the house and creating things.

““We finally came out and we finally played,” Doherty added. “We came out tonight and we scored goals, and a lot of them. It was nice to see.”

Doherty was particularly pleased to see the combination of Quinn and Petti get untracked after two games in which the highly-regarded first line duo (Petti plays center, with Quinn and sophomore Ryan Sheehan as his wingers) produced only one goal. Petti’s eight-point night put him over the 100-point mark for his illustrious career, with 104 total points to date, joining just older brother Derek Petti and 2011 graduate Ryan Doherty as the only three players to tally over 100 career points in the last two decades of Tewksbury hockey.

“I’ve been waiting for them to wake up after the last couple of games,” Doherty said of Quinn and Petti. “Those two are supposed to be the highlight reel for our offensive attack. And they finally came out and played tonight. I thought Ryan Petti had his best game so far. He took control, he used his strength and played physical. And when he does that, there’s not too many guys in the league that are like him.”

For Quinn, though, it was a night he vows never to forget.

“I have to give all the credit to my linemates,” Quinn humbly said afterward. “They fed me every time. Ryan Petti and Ryan Sheehan too, they’re  always working the corners, and Ryan Meade was out there a lot too, he fed me a lot. So I had a lot of easy goals. It wouldn’t have been possible without them.

“I didn’t even know what was going on out there,” Quinn added with a smile. “I’m just hoping I’ve got something left for the rest of the season because that will never happen again.”

Quinn credits his historic performance on Doherty’s insistence on getting greater net-front presence in this game.

“In Wednesday’s game we didn’t really have anybody in front of the net, and that was the main focus tonight, and it worked out really good for us,” Quinn said. “Most of my goals were out-front rebounds. They were a lot of the dirty goals, but I don’t mind that at all. A goal is a goal.”

The victory improves Tewksbury’s record to 2-1 overall, and 2-1 in Merrimack Valley Conference/Dual County League play. The Redmen get a break from league play for a week, but will travel to Maine next weekend for their annual holiday tournament in Portland.

Petti hopes this performance will help the team live up to its pre-season billing as the top Division 2 team in Massachusetts. “We have so much potential as a team,” he said. “There was a lot of hype in the pre-season, then in the first two games we were a little slow to start. But the past two days in practice we worked real hard and tonight we exploded and we’re going to try to feed off this. This was the start. Coach said this was the start of the season, right tonight, so hopefully from here on out we can build on this, cause this was a nice win. This is nice to have going into the holiday break.”

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