division 1 boys' hockey state championship
Needham 4, Westford Academy 1
Needham's Cody Sharib scored twice over about a five-minute span between the first and second period to help the Rockets build an early cushion and skate to a breezy 4-1 triumph over Westford Academy in the Division 1 title game at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Needham's Mark Joyce added an open-netter with 26.7 seconds to play to seal the triumph. Westford got its lone goal from Tyler Harrington on the power play with 4:10 remaining.
Westford fans get a little something to cheer about as Tyler Harrington pots a power-play goal with 4:10 to play, pulling the Grey Ghosts within a pair of Needham at 3-1.
Harrington crashed hard from above the left circle and pounded home a feed from behind the net on the opposite side.
Needham, 3-0 (7:30, 3rd)
Midway through the third period and not much to remark about.
Westford Academy picked up an early power-play opportunity and, potentially, a chance to give themselves a spark (and a chance) in the third period. But nothing came out of it for the Ghosts.
Needham is just keeping them at arm's length with a comfortable three-goal cushion.
Cody Sharib and Sam Kane registered second-period goals and Needham has stretched its lead over Westford Academy to 3-0 at the second intermission.
Sharib, who scored with 2:29 to play in the first period, got his second of the game with a rebound effort just 3:42 into the second period. Kane added a power-play tally with 1:53 to play in the frame to add to the Rockets' cushion.
Needham, 3-0 (1:53, 2nd)
Needham's Sam Kane fired home a power-play goal from the end line, sneaking his blast under the crossbar with Westford Academy netminder Curtis Serafini prone near the opposite post as the Rockets now lead, 3-0, with 1:53 to play in the second stanza.
Needham, 2-0 (3:14, 2nd)
Needham is carrying play and doesn't seem to be taking its foot off the accelerator, even with a two-goal advantage.
Westford isn't helping its cause as the Ghosts just picked up a penalty and will skate shorthanded for 90 seconds.
Needham, 2-0 (11:18, 2nd)
Cody Sharib pots his second of the game by flicking a rebound over the shoulder of prone Westford netminder Curtis Serafini at 3:42 of the third period and the Rockets lead, 2-0, with 11:18 to play in the frame.
Cody Sharib pots the period's lone goal with a snap shot from the bottom of the left circle at 12:31 and the Rockets lead Westford Academy, 1-0, at the first intermission.
Westford controlled the first part of the stanza, but it was all Needham late. The Rockets put some quality shots on Serafini, who was equal to the task, before leaving a bit too much space between his blocker and the post on Sharib's goal.
Needham, 1-0 (2:29, 1st)
Needham's Cody Sharib outraces a defender through the left circle and sneaked a blast between Westford netminder Curtis Serafini and the left post to put the Rockets out front, 1-0, with 2:29 to play in the frame.
Scoreless (9:55, 1st)
Westford's Paul Burns had a puck hop his way in the slot and he put a crisp blast on Sam Gifford, but the Needham netminder made the stop to keep this game scoreless.
Scoreless (12:35, 1st)
Westford kills off an early Needham power play thanks to a couple of big stops by Curtis Serafini, who turned aside a few lasers the Rockets sent from the blue line.
It's a battle of Super 8 play-in losers as Needham and Westford meet in the Division 1 championship game. The teams are on the ice warming up, back with updates all game long.
Starting lineups are not being announced here today. Instead, much like the high school football Super Bowls, a member of each team is featured on the Jumbotron introducing his school (and, of course, thanking the MIAA and the Boston Bruins organization for letting them play here), before the team skates in unison to their own blue line.
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