Tewksbury Holds Off Boston Latin, 6-4, To Claim D2 North Championship
Mar 12, 2019 06:42PM
● By Bill Gilman
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.
Tewksbury wins against Boston Latin this evening at Tsongus Area. South Champion Bulldogs have worthy opponent in theTewksbury Redmen this coming Sunday at the TD North Garden. Game On! @CantonCommunity @CHShockeyblog @CantonHSnews @MassHockeyNews1 https://t.co/T9uqHd7JDY— Ed McDonough (@Digucator) March 12, 2019
MIAA D2 North Final: Tewksbury advances to the State Final at TD Garden with a 6-4 victory over Boston Latin @BLS_Athletics @HockeyBLS @TMHS_Athletics @TMHSHOCKEY @masshshockey @BostonHeraldHS @In_The_Slot pic.twitter.com/2fIxfMyNul— Dave Arnold (@photog24) March 11, 2019
This is why you can never predict the tournament.— Jim Clark (@In_The_Slot) March 11, 2019
Tewksbury lost both regular-season meetings to Boston Latin (3-2, 4-2) but won when it mattered most.
The same was true for Sunday's Div. 3 North matchup as Lowell prevailed after being swept by Newton South in the reg. season. https://t.co/lI71HUFt7O
MIAA D2 North Final: Tewksbury leads Boston Latin 4-2 after the 2nd period. Tewksbury goals by Campbell Pierce, Kyle Morris and Jason Cooke. Boston Latin goal by Tom Woodfin @BLS_Athletics @HockeyBLS @TMHS_Athletics @TMHSHOCKEY @masshshockey @BostonHeraldHS @In_The_Slot pic.twitter.com/NoeunA14Kt— Dave Arnold (@photog24) March 11, 2019
One last thought from tonight..... pretty cool the Brother/Sister Will and Abby O Keefe will both play for State Championships on Sunday. Good for the O Keefe Family!— TMHS Athletics (@TMHS_Athletics) March 12, 2019