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Redmen Work Overtime To Reach D2 North Hockey Semifinals

Mar 04, 2019 01:08AM ● By Bill Gilman

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 With apologies to B.T.O., the Tewksbury High hockey team is "takin' care of business and workin' overtime!"
The Redmen (15-4-3), seeded No. 7 in the wild and wide-open Division 2 North, are headed back to the sectional semifinals -- but it wasn't easy, not by a longshot.
Tewksbury opened the tournament by knocking off No. 10 Lynnfield, 2-1, in overtime. The Redmen then took down No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury, also by a 2-1 score, this time in double overtime. 
Tewksbury advances to a semifinal showdown against No. 14 Danvers (12-8-2), Tuesday at the Tsongas Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. It will be the Redmen's first trip to the sectional semifinals since 2014.
Against Lynnfield, Michael Arsenault played hero with the game-winning goal in the extra session. The senior captain made a terrific defensive play to break up a rush by the Pioneers, took the puck the length of the ice and snapped a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net to send the Redmen into the quarterfinals.
For Tewksbury, it was the first post-season win in three years.
Junior goalie Justin Letourneau earned the win in net with 23 saves. Will O'Keefe gave Tewksbury a 1-0 lead early in the third period. Lynnfield was able to get the equalizer with just over six minutes left in regulation.
If the win over Lynnfield was a thriller, the win over Lincoln-Sudbury was one for the ages. The teams had met twice during the regular season, with the Warriors taking a 3-0 win in the first game and the teams battling to a 1-1 in the second.
The third time would be the charm for Redmen, with O'Keefe triggering the celebration with a goal 2:23 into the 3-on-3 second overtime.
Letourneau again earned the win between the pipes, playing brilliantly with 24 saves.
Tewksbury grabbed a 1-0 lead when Arsenault scored midway through the second period. Lincoln-Sudbury tied the game early in the third period on a goal by Jacob Noyes. 
Both teams had chances to win it in the 4-on-4 overtime session but were unable to convert. That set the stage for O'Keefe's heroics in the second OT.

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