Petti's Hat Trick Leads Redmen Over Boston Latin, 4-1
Feb 11, 2015 10:38PM
● By Rick Spencer
Senior captain Ryan Petti (8) scored three goals to lead Tewksbury to a 4-1 win over Boston Latin.
There’s nothing like a convincing road win to get a team back on track, and that’s what the Tewksbury High hockey team put together Wednesday night with an important, 4-1 win over Boston Latin at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena.
Senior forward Derek Petti scored a three-goal hat trick that led the Redmen to their third straight victory and improved their record to 13-3 overall and 9-1 in Merrimack Valley Conference/Dual County League Division 2 play.
The victory puts Tewksbury just one win away from clinching the MVC/DCL Div. 2 title, and stands as another step in the right direction for the Redmen, who had stumbled slightly when they lost two out of three games during the final week of January.
Tewksbury rebounded with a 5-0 win over North Andover last Wednesday night, then knocked off Concord-Carlisle 4-1 on Saturday before besting Latin on Wednesday.
“We put three good periods together and came out on top,” TMHS head coach Derek Doherty said. “I think our last five periods of hockey are what we’re hoping to see for the remainder of season and going into the (state) tournament. We played physical hockey with good, hard forechecking.”
Petti, who is quickly closing in on the Tewksbury High career scoring record, which is held by his coach, scored once in the second period and twice in the third, as Tewksbury erased an early 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals.
Latin drew first blood just 4:43 into the first period and led 1-0 after one, but Petti evened the score with an unassisted goal at the 4:13 mark of the second period. The game remained tied until the mid-way point of the third period when senior forward Colin Quinn netted his 17th goal of the season, assisted by Jonathan Fowler and Rob Cutone, to put Tewksbury ahead to stay.
Senior defenseman Sean Brady scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Petti and Quinn, with 1:15 to play to pretty much seal the deal, and Petti added an empty net goal with 43 seconds left to wrap up the scoring.
For Petti, it was his fourth hat trick of the season. The TMHS captain has 23 goals and 21 assists for 44 points with four regular season games left to play. Petti is the top scorer among all 52 teams that play Division 2 hockey in Massachusetts.
Quinn, who skates on Tewksbury’s prolific first line with Petti, now has 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points on the season.
“Our first line can really put the puck in the net, but a lot of the credit for that goes to our other lines,” Doherty said. “Our second line is really buzzing around making things happen and that helps us out match-up wise. Petti and Quinn, they score a bunch of goals, no question. But our second and third lines had a great game doing their job getting the puck in deep and taking away the neutral zone. That makes other teams tired. When you’re doing a lot of hitting on their defense and wingers, then you put Petti and Quinn out there against a defense that’s been beat up, it’s a big advantage.”
The win sets up a monumental showdown with MVC/DCL rival Lincoln-Sudbury on Saturday at 4:00p.m. at the Breakaway Ice Center. After a 5-2 win over Methuen on Wednesday, the L-S Warriors sat one point ahead of the Redmen with a 9-1-1 record through 11 MVC/DCL Division 2 games. Tewksbury has two divisional games left (the Redmen play Methuen on Monday) but can wrap up the league championship with a win over Lincoln-Sudbury on Saturday.
Doherty thinks his team is hitting its stride at just the right time heading into Saturday’s showdown.
“I’m very, very happy with the way these kids have played over the last five periods,” Doherty said. “Now we just want to see some consistency right into the tournament. This is way we need to play for the remainder of the season. No excuses now. With four games left going into the tournament, this is way we have to play.”