The Wilmington boys’ hockey team got a last minute goal to kick off their new life in the Middlesex League with a 2-2 tie against defending league champion Woburn at Ristuccia Arena Wednesday night.
After the the Wildcats won a face off in the Woburn zone with less than 30 seconds on the clock, sophomore Cody McGowan swooped in and collected a rebound off of a Brendan McDonough shot and deposited it over Woburn goalie Jeremy Flibotte for the tying goal with just 21 seconds left.
“Out of the gate we have a brutal schedule,” said Wilmington coach Steve Scanlon. “We know that we are going to be in for a battle every single night.”
Without two-thirds of their top line, the Wildcats (0-0-1) also knew that they would have a tough time generating offense against a Tanners defense that returned five of their top six.
Wilmington could only muster 12 shots on net while sophomore goalie Drew Foley came up big with 37 saves to slow the potent Tanners’ offense.
“He kept us in it,” said Scanlon of his goalie. “We were doing all we could to play with these guys and at times we were outmatched.”
Woburn (0-0-1) got on the board first when senior Dan Holland potted his first goal of the season, assisted by Joe Connors and Casey Shea, with 9:30 left in the first period.
Sophomore Luke Foley made sure Wilmington did not hit the locker room trailing, as he scored a power play goal with time winding down in the first period to knot the game at one.
Keith Carpenter accounted for the second Woburn goal at the midway mark of the second period, with John Concannon and Cole Connolly picking up assists on the play.
“There are good ties and bad ties,” said Scanlon. “This was a good tie for us.”
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