Redmen Bust Out and Head to Final
LOWELL -- The shots came flying at Danvers goalie Robert Prentiss from all angles and degrees of difficulty.
Tewksbury 4, Danvers 1
The Falcons’ senior netminder continually stayed square to the puck, making even the stops on point-blank chances seem fairly routine.
But Tewksbury’s attack was relentless, continually creating scoring opportunities throughout the second period and the early minutes of the third. The Redmen figured sooner or later they would score a go-ahead goal.
And it was senior Aaron Scott who found the range with the latest biggest goal of the season for a Redmen club that has been playing like it’s been touched by magic during the postseason.
Scott ripped home a power-play goal from the right point that gave Tewksbury the lead at 5:15 of the third period and the Redmen would add two more scores to post a 4-1 victory over Danvers in a Division 2 North boys hockey semifinal at the Tsongas Center Tuesday night.
Aaron Connelly assisted on Scott’s game-winning tally. Kyle Morris, Jason Cooke (power play) and Cole Stone (empty net) potted the other Tewksbury goals. Redmen goalie Patrick Letourneau made 21 saves.
Prentiss finished with 38 saves. Tewksbury beat Danvers, 4-1, during the regular season, but Prentiss wasn’t in net for the Falcons in that game.
“It was a crazy one,” said Scott, who assisted on Tewksbury’s first goal. “Danvers is a hard team. We just went out there and played physical. We shot the puck. They have a big goalie. The guy made big saves. We crashed the net for rebounds and got it done.
″(On my goal) I just turned the corner and ripped it. I didn’t even look. I just ripped it. When it went in I was like, ‘wow’. I mean their goalie was playing lights out. Once we got that second goal we just knew this game was ours.”
The seventh-seeded Redmen (16-4-3) will play fourth-seeded Boston Latin (17-3-3) in the Division 2 North final on Monday at the Tsongas Center.
Tewksbury won its first two tourney games by 2-1 scores, over Lynnfield in overtime and Lincoln-Sudbury in double-overtime. Just when it appeared they may be headed to OT for a third straight game, the Redmen finally got some pucks past Prentiss.
“You always worry when a goalie is standing on his head, and that’s what their kid was doing all night,” said Tewksbury coach Derek Doherty. ”(Prentiss) is a real good goalie. He kept them in the game. He had us a little frustrated. I was hoping it was a matter of time, which it became.
“Aaron put a nice shot on net. I don’t think he saw it. He didn’t have a chance to get side-to-side. That was a huge goal. It brought everybody up.”
Unassisted goals by Cooke and Stone completed Tewksbury’s three-goal third period outburst.
Letourneau came up with some big stops in net for Tewksbury, including several testers with the score tied, 1-1.
“We have a pretty good goalie in our net, too,” said Doherty. “He made the saves when we really need them to keep us in that game.”
The score was tied, 1-1, heading to the third period. Tewksbury carried the play throughout a scoreless middle period, outshooting the Falcons, 17-8.