Redmen Explode For Four In The Third, Beat Concord-Carlisle, 8-4
Jan 03, 2015 09:15PM
By Rick Spencer
Senior captain Ryan Petti (8) scored three goals to lead Tewksbury to an 8-4 win over Concord-Carlisle.
Call it a pep talk, or call it a good old fashioned chewing out. Whatever it was that Tewksbury High hockey coach Derek Doherty said to his team in between the second and third periods Saturday evening worked like magic, because TMHS broke open a 4-4 deadlock with a four-goal explosion in the third period, and came away with a resounding 8-4 victory over Concord-Carlisle at the Breakaway Ice Center.
“I just explained to them, very nicely like a gentleman, that there were some things we had to do differently,” said Doherty with a wry smile after watching his team improve to 5-1 overall, 4-1 in Merrimack Valley Conference /Dual County League play. “We didn’t play well in the second period. We kind of got out of our style of play.”
“We didn’t really play well at all in the second period,” agreed senior captain Ryan Petti, who notched his second consecutive three-goal hat trick on Saturday. “Coach came in and told us what needed to be done. We knew what we had to do. It was a important league game...So we went out in the third period and we went off. We worked hard and everything fell for us.”
Senior forward David Dempsey broke the 4-4 tie at the 5:32 mark of the third period and Petti notched his second and third goals of the game within two minutes of each other mid-way through the third, putting Tewksbury in control and erasing any upset hopes that Concord-Carlisle had harbored prior to that point. Colin Quinn scored his second goal of the game to wrap up the scoring with 2:07 to play, marking the third time in six games so far this season that the explosive Tewksbury offense has scored eight or more goals in a game.
“We can come up with some big goals. We can come up with goals quickly,” Doherty said. “We have some talent on this team. We have some guys on this team who work real hard and play the systems, and we also have guys who have some pretty good talent along with that. And I always tell the kids that hard work will beat talent any day, but hard work and talent won’t lose.”
In Tewksbury’s case, much of that talent skates on the team’s first line, as Petti’s six goal outburst over the past two games has given him eight goals for the season, and 48 for his career. Petti, who also recorded two assists against Concord-Carlisle, now has 10 assists this season and 65 for his career.
Quinn’s two goals give him a team-leading 10 goals so far this season, as he and Petti have developed a chemistry that no other team has figured out how to disrupt as of yet.
“We’v e been playing together since we were like, four years old,” said Petti of Quinn. “And this is our second year playing on the same line together on the varsity. Ever since last year, we’ve just clicked. We make each other better. We just make each other so much better than we really are. We work so well together. We just click. I love playing with that kid.”
Quinn opened the scoring for Tewksbury at the 5:07 mark of the first period when he snapped up a rebound of a Petti shot and slid it into the net. But Concord’s Chilly Sample tied the score at 1-1 on a power play goal just 2:25 into the second period. Petti scored his first goal of the game three minutes later to put Tewksbury back on top, and Dempsey scored his first of two goals on the night two minutes after that to make it 3-1 in favor of Tewksbury, but that’s when things started breaking down for the Redmen.
Over the final 9:22 of the second period, Concord-Carlisle scored three goals, two of them on power plays. Tewksbury’s only response was a goal by junior forward Dario Riparo at the 7:33 mark, and the Redmen found themselves in a 4-4 deadlock after two periods.
“We had two stupid penalties (in the second period),” Doherty said. “And when you’ve got your (top players) killing penalties they’re on the ice all the time, so we had to eliminate that.”
The Redmen steered clear of the penalty box for the entire third period, and the home team’s fresh legs wore down Concord-Carlisle and took control of the game.
Senior center iceman Ryan Meade collected four assists in the game, while Quinn picked up a pair of assists to go with his two goals. The second line of Meade, Dempsey and Riparo combined to score three goals on the night.
“Our second line is producing,” Doherty said. “They’re making things happen too. Our second line would be the first line on a lot teams we play.”
The Redmen, who have now won four straight games and outscored their opponents 30-10 over that stretch, return to action with another important MVC/DCL road game against Bedford at the Edge Ice Arena Wednesday night at 7:30.