Third-seeded Sandwich (14-5-2) dominated the opening minutes of last night’s first round MIAA Division 2 South Sectional hockey game until 5:49 into the opening period North Quincy’s Robert Cameron got a piece of a rebound and poked it into the net giving the 14th-seeded Red Raiders (9-8-4) a 1-0 lead that turned into a 3-1 victory.
“The first goal is a critical goal,” Sandwich Coach Jordan Mohre said. “The momentum from then snowballed.”
The Red Raiders carried the momentum into the second period getting off two quick shots on SHS netminder Nick Kennedy in the opening minute. The Knights came back with Josh Noonan, Drew Buckland and Max Kent getting off shots, but couldn’t get one past NQ goalie Nolan Greene.
The Raiders took a two goal lead at the 5:45 mark of the second when Timmy Glynn jumped on a rebound in front and punched it into the net. Two minutes later Buckland raced up the middle, split the defenders and fired a shot from the high slot that zipped past Greene, cutting the lead to one.
“When we made it 2-1 I thought the momentum switched to our side,” Mohre noted, “but it wasn’t there for us unfortunately.”
With 2:45 left in the second period the Knights were called for tripping. Thirty-one seconds into the power play the Red Raiders took a 3-1 lead when Rudy Tryon launched a blast from the blue line that had eyes. The puck somehow found it’s way through a crowd in front of the net leaving Sandwich goalie Nick Kennedy with no chance to make a save.
“It was a tough loss,” Mohre added. “It was a phenomenal season. This season we didn’t start out as a team, but we became one. We fought to the end and I’m very proud of that. Together these kids changed a lot of things in this program that we’ll all be grateful for in the years to come.”