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Tewksbury Holds Off Boston Latin, 6-4, To Claim D2 North Championship

Mar 12, 2019 06:42PM ● By Bill Gilman
 Tewksbury High entered the Division 2 North Tournament as the 7th seed in a 17-team field. But there was always a sense that the sectional was wide open and could be had by a team that got hot at the right time.
That team turned out to be the Redmen.
Tewksbury (17-4-3) built a 5-2 lead in the third period, then held off a furious rally to take down Boston Latin, 6-4, Monday night at the Tsongas Center, for its first D2 North title since 2011.
That year, the Redmen went on to beat Franklin, 2-1, for the D2 State Championship. They will have a chance to duplicate that feat on Sunday, when they travel to the TD Garden to take on unbeaten South Champion Canton High (24-0-1) for the D2 State Title.
Tewksbury has lost just once (11-1-3) in its last 15 games.
Freshman Jason Cooke and junior Kyle Morris led the Tewksbury offense with two goals each. Ben Bieren and Campbell Pierce also scored.  Will O'Keefe added a pair of assists, as 11 Redmen had at least one point.
Junior goalie Patrick Latourneau earned the win between the pipes with 26 saves.
Latin, which had beaten Tewksbury twice during the regular season, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period. But the lead didn't last long, as Bieren drilled home the equalizer for the Redmen. 
The second period belonged to the Redmen, who got goals from Cooke, Morris and Pierce to build a 4-1 lead. Latin got one back early in the third period, but Morris answered with his second to give Tewksbury what appeared to be a safe 5-2 lead.
But Boston Latin, playing with a sense of desperation, pressed the attack and managed to cut the deficit to 5-4. With around a minute to play, Latin pulled its goalie for the extra skater, looking to send the game into overtime. But Cooke was able to knock in an empty net goal with just over 30 seconds to play to seal the sectional championship and send the Redmen to the state final.

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