With only one period left to play, the Foxborough Warriors’ hockey team already experienced a period where they outshot Tri-County-Millis and took the lead and another period where they gave up a two goal lead. Tied 2-2 with 15 minute to play, the Warriors lit up TCM with a three goal period to erase the doubts of the second period.
“We were confident going in the third. The guys came out and showed what real teams are made of and put them away in the third. That’s what we need going forward,” Foxborough coach Jim Genovese said.
Taking back the lead after initially leading 2-0, the Warriors defeated Tri-Country-Millis, 5-2, in an important Division 3 matchup for the Warriors.
The Warriors wasted no time setting up shop in front of the TCM net. Spending the majority of the period with the puck, the Warriors got off 14 shots in the opening frame compared to Tri-County-Millis' two. The Warriors almost got on the board at 5:05 when Owen Campbell's shot was saved followed by a Nick Dowling rebound that could only find the crossbar.
“It was huge,” Genovese said of the fast start. “We haven’t played since last Saturday so we had to get our feet going.”
It only took a couple more minutes for the Warriors to score when Kyle Sperzel was able to redirect Scott McDonald’s shot into the back of the net to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead after the first 15 minutes.
Things continued to go Foxborough's way after a goal by McDonald at 1:37 gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead. Literlly spinning around the TCM defense, the Warriros' second goal came off of a spin move by McDonald into a shot.
Tri-County Millis only needed nine seconds to get back into the game. Owen Hilton was successful on the power play after getting the rebound for the score at 3:02. Only moments after the faceoff TCM and Foxborough were tied thanks to another shot from Hilton that deflected off a skate and into the goal.
“We took it too them the first period. Second period, we just kinda layed back,” Genovese said. “We got out of position on a couple goals.”
Going into the final period tied, the Warriors looked as they did in the opening period attacking the net. Tri-County Millis dodged a couple of bulletts when Dowling’s shot off a faceoff hit the crossbar with 12:36 to go in the game and Mike Campbell’s one timer to Sperzel couldn’t get past TCM goalie CJ Gloash.
The go ahead goal finally came 7:54 into the final period when Dowling was able to jam the puck in near the left post to give Foxborough a 3-2 lead.
Looking for another goal to pad the lead, Owen Campbell found the top left corner of the goal with a slap shot near the right dot at 10:24 to help dim the chances of a TCM comeback. A final power play goal from Campbell with 11.3 seconds left in the game added to the lead and gave Foxborough a three goal win.
The win gives Foxborough a record of 6-9-3 overall but improves their record against Division 3 teams to 6-0-2. The record against Division 3 teams is what will be emphasized come tournament selection time, so the Warriors will be looking to get any wins they can against opponents from that Division.
Score by period
Aiden Campbell, Scott McDonald
Owen Campbell (PP)
Tri-County Millis Goals
Owen Hilton (PP)
Alex Golash, Joe Galligan