The boys' hockey game between No. 3 Needham and Springfield Cathedral will shake out as a tie in the standings, but the Rockets went home Wednesday night knowing they won in dramatic fashion.
Needham's Sammy Kane scored his second goal of the game 10:27 into the third period, tying the Springfield Cathedral Tournament first round affair at three goals apiece. Then Tommy Coleman netted the game winner in the fifth round of shootouts to lift the Rockets, 4-3, and propel them to the championship game against No. 6 Malden Catholic Thursday evening.
It was the Coleman and Kane show for Needham (17-1-2), as Coleman tied the game at one 13:08 into the first, then Kane gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead 11:29 into the second period.
Springfield Cathedral battled back in the third, as Austin Orszulak ripped a power play goal past goalie Evan MacDonald at 6:44 of the third to tie it. Brendan Geary followed by giving the Panthers a 3-2 lead 2:57 later.
But Kane netted the equalizer 46 seconds later in the period to send the game to overtime.
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