Boston Latin got a victory, beating North Andover 4-2 Wednesday at Matthews Arena, but coach Frank Woods wasn’t impressed.
“We expected a very difficult game and I think that’s pretty much what we got,” he said. “It was not a very pretty game. It was not a well played game on either side.”
The game was extremely physical and there were frequent penalties, and the first quarter ended tied at 0-0.
“In the first period we weren’t playing very well and our competition level was very low,” Woods said. “We weren’t doing a good job on our end getting the puck out cleanly.
Boston Latin got it together at 11:25 in the second quarter when freshman forward Jimmy O’Leary pushed the puck into the net, assisted by senior captain Ryan Dougherty.
“We had the younger kids step up with the goals; two were by freshmen and the first of their career,” Woods said. “It was something we talked about the entire game - get pucks in the net. We didn’t do enough of that tonight, but we were able to create some opportunities.”
Boston Latin struck again at 6:09 when senior forward Joe Petruzziello positioned himself in front of the net and tapped the puck off an assist from senior forward Greg Penella from behind the goal.
North Andover began to get frustrated and moved to Boston Latin’s side of the rink for the remainder of the quarter, but was stopped by the defense of senior CJ Duella and senior captain Brian Forgione.
When Penella scored just 30 seconds into the third quarter after a mad dash, as well as freshman Sean Burke at the 7-minute mark, it looked like Boston Latin was on its way to a shutout. North Andover had other plans.
Although it struggled to get the puck into the net for the entire game, North Andover scored the last two goals in the last six minutes.
“We definitely underestimated them out there and let them get back in the third period,” Forgione said. “Two goals in the third period is not good. We didn’t play the way we are capable of playing. We could have played a lot better.”
Senior forward Jake Silk had a beautiful shot that opened the scoring for North Andover and senior forward Dan Rivet finished in the last minute.
Boston Latin will face one of the top teams in the league, Lincoln-Sudbury, on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Matthews Arena. Woods hopes two days of practice will be enough to get his team ready.
“[Lincoln Sudbury] is one of the best teams in our league and we’re going to have to be a whole lot better than tonight if we want to beat them,” he said. “We just have to play a lot smarter.”
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