division 2 boys' hockey state championship
Sandwich 1, Wilmington 0
A second-period goal by Craig Brubaker holds up as the game's lone score and Sandwich skates away with a 1-0 triumph over Wilmington in the Division 2 state championship at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Sandwich, 1-0 (44.9, 3rd)
Ice, ice baby.
Every time Wilmington starts putting some rubber around the cage, Sandwich is quick to clear (or cover up).
Wilmington is putting some pressure on trying to net that equalizer. Eric Siegel sent a bullet at the cage, but the rebound was quickly iced by the Knights.
Sandwich, 1-0 (6:41, 3rd)
Sandwich's Matt Cassissta broke in alone with a chance to extend his team's lead, but Wilmington's Michael Cabral made a huge save to keep this a one-goal game.
Sandwich, 1-0 (11:40, 3rd)
Couple of quality opportunities in the early going for Sandwich.
Kevin Flanagan skated in 1-on-1 with a defender, but had his bid denied at 13:24. Ernie Mello got off a big slapper with space in the slot, but couldn't light the lamp at 11:40.
Sandwich's Craig Brubaker potted a goal 4:28 into the second period and the Knights skate into the second intermission with a 1-0 advantage over Wilmington.
Sandwich continues to be the aggressor, boasting a 15-11 advantage in shots overall.
The Knights nearly extended their lead late in the frame when Darryl Lawrie's tip attempt sneaked wide. Wilmington had a few opportunities to dent the scoreboard, the best being a breakaway attempt by Sean Tavares that Sandwich netminder Pat Farrington ate up. Just 30 seconds later, Eric Siegel had a chance at the right post, but Farrington came up big again.
Sandwich, 1-0 (10:32, 2nd)
Sandwich sophomore forward Craig Brubaker cleaned up a loose puck with a big swipe in the slot as the Knights take a 1-0 advantage at 4:28 of the second stanza.
Sandwich carried play against Wilmington for the majority of the first stanza, but neither team generated many quality opportunities and the two teams skate into the first intermission scoreless.
Sandwich was banging on the door about midway through the period when Wilmington netminder Michael Cabral made a couple stops on Jon Kincaid. The Wildcats best scoring opportunity likely came when Eric Siegel just missed connecting with Patrick Boudreau on a cross-crease feed.
Wilmington held a 6-2 advantage on shots.
Scoreless (7:21, 1st)
Sandwich and Wilmington are scoreless halfway through the first period here at the TD Banknorth Garden.
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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