Matt Long was brilliant Sunday night for the Blue Knights (4-2) as he stopped 29 shots in a 1-0 boys’ hockey victory over Wayland. It was the second straight championship for Sandwich in the Judy Kostas Memorial Hockey Tournament held at Charles Moore Ice Arena in Orleans. Long received the Al Tyldesley Tournament MVP Award.
Long stonewalled the Warriors as they hammered away during first period back-to-back Sandwich penalties. In the second period Max Kent put the Knights on the scoreboard with a backhander from just to the glove side of Wayland goalie Ben Boshetto. Dan O’Brien and Alex Cabana were credited with the assists. Long made the lone goal stand as he shutout the Warriors the rest of the way.
“We were a bit sluggish in the first period,” coach Jordan Mohre said, “but then we got that goal and that was all it took. It was a team shutout. We play so as to allow Matt [Long] to see the puck. All it would take is one slip-up and its a tie game. Matt did a nice job. These tournament games have more intensity. Hopefully we can carry that into the rest of the season.”
North Attleboro quickly opened the scoring Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Kostas Tournament just 27 seconds into the game on a deflected shot that got past Blue Knight goalie Matt Long.
Trailing 1-0 entering the middle period Jon Cassista registered the equalizer on an unassisted effort with 2:34 remaining. Tied opening the final period NA put nine shots on goal, all of which Long blocked. With a minute remaining in the game Cassista broke the stalemate with a shot set up by Alex Cabana and Matt Brooks. Long, who stopped 25 shots after the game-opening goal, sealed the net for the final 60 seconds for the win.
The Knights return to the ice Wednesday, when they will host Marshfield at 6 PM.