Waltham's Brian Rowland netted the go-ahead goal with 11:58 remaining, his second tally of the game, as the Metro boys' scholastic hockey team rallied from an early 3-1 hole to pull out a 6-5 win over Northeast at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, securing a spot in today's gold medal game.
Danny Graham (Billerica/Arlington Catholic HS), who scored the first Metro goal with 43.9 seconds left in the first period, fired in the tying goal, unassisted, in the third period.
The gold medal game will feature Metro and Southeast, which rolled over Coastal 7-4 after building an early 4-0 cushion.
Northeast jumped out to a quick, 2-0 lead in the first, as Brian Sullivan (Burlington HS) and Christopher Rolli (Stoneham HS) each found the back of the net, with the help of Joe Czarnota (Reading HS), who recorded the assist on both goals. Michael Kelly (Stoneham HS) added an impressive goal in the final minute of the first period, as he stickhandled past three men and rifled one in over the Metro goalie’s shoulder to put Northeast up, 3-0.
Nick Finn (Canton/Boston College HS) and Mike Vecchione (Saugus, Malden Catholic HS) each had one goal in the close fought win.
Southeast 7, Coastal 4
Ryan Hall (Westwood/Xaverian HS), Timothy Boyle (Hingham/Catholic Memorial HS) and Gerard McEleney (Canton/St. Sebastian’s) led the Southeast offense with two goals apiece, while Dan O’Hear (Walpole/Catholic Memorial HS) added a goal and two assists. Tom Jenkins (Canton/Xaverian HS) also added two assists in the Southeast victory.
Coastal tried to mount a comeback later in the game, scoring twice in both of the last periods. Jake Holmes (Plymouth North HS) and Max Willman (Barnstable HS) each found the back of the net in the second. Teammate Joey Gomes (Dartmouth HS) chipped in with two of his own in the third, but it was still not enough for Coastal to overcome the three-goal deficit.
Central 8, West 7
Down 6-2 after two complete periods, Central erupted for six goals to pull out the wild win in what was the last game of the tournament for both teams.
Central took the 2-0 lead early, thanks to goals from Ryan Azar (Marlboro HS) and Tyler Kirby (Hudson HS). However, the West offense jolted to life in the second, scoring five straight. Andrew Tullo (Southwick/Canterbury Prep) led the attack with two goals and an assist, while Max Wosky (East Longmeadow HS) added two of his own.
Justin Huard (Auburn HS) and Corey Lussier (Spencer/Auburn HS) sparked the Central comeback, as each scored two, third-period goals, while Kirby chipped in with his second of the game. With the game tied at 7-all, Tucker Falk (Auburn HS) found the net with just 39 seconds left on the clock to give Central the victory.
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