Redmen Aiming for One More Win
TEWKSBURY -- The Tewksbury High boys hockey team has been able to overcome every challenge during its memorable postseason run to the TD Garden.
State Div. 2 hockey
And in order to skate away with a state championship, the Redmen will have to defeat a Canton club that has yet to lose this season.
Tewksbury (17-4-3) will play unbeaten Canton (24-0-1) in the MIAA Division 2 state championship game at the TD Garden on Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
The Redmen are looking to win the Division 2 state crown for the first time since beating Franklin, 2-1, in overtime at the Garden in 2011. Tewksbury also won a Division 2 state title in 1995.
The Redmen have posted tourney wins over Lynnfield, 2-1 in overtime, Lincoln-Sudbury, 2-1 in double overtime, Danvers, 4-1, and Boston Latin, 6-4.
“It’s great to be in this position,” Tewksbury coach Derek Doherty said after beating Boston Latin in the North final. “You know what, the town is buzzing right now. It’s good for the town. It’s good for the people in the town. Hockey is big in Tewksbury, along with football. It’s important that we do well.”
Tewksbury heads into the state final on an 11-1-3 run, including the four postseason wins. The Redmen avenged a pair of losses to Boston Latin during the regular season in the North final.
Boston Latin tied Canton, 2-2, on Feb. 19. Canton has outscored its opponents, 23-1, en route to capturing the Divison 2 South crown. For the season, Canton has outscored the opposition by a 125-21 margin.
Tewksbury has plenty of balance at forward. Will O’Keefe is the leading scorer with 32 points (23 goals). Campbell Pierce has notched 26 points (10 goals) and Kyle Lombardo has tallied 22 points (6 goals).
In the state tournament, Aaron Scott (17 points), Jason Cooke (17 points) and Kyle Morris (16 points) have been big-time contributors. Defenseman Michael Aresenault is an offensive force (18 points) and a shutdown defender. Caden Connors, Robert Casey and Ben Bieren are also fixtures on defense.
Patrick Letourneau (1.68 GAA) has come up with numerous big stops in net during the state tournament.
For Canton, Ryan Nolte (56 points, 25 goals) and John Hagan (39 points, 15 goals) are the top scorers.