It was a memorable night for senior captains Matt Hughes and James Gordon, as the second-ranked Hingham boys’ hockey team celebrated its senior night by squeezing out a 4-3 victory over No.14 Westford Academy yesterday.
The Harbormen (13-2-1) came out firing for their last home game of the season, outshooting the Grey Ghosts, 38-27.
“It was an important game for the seniors’ careers and we have been performing well at home so it was important to continue that,” said fourth year coach Tony Messina. From the beginning, I think we came out strong and we had good shot selection.”
The Harbormen jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period as Hughes scored the initial goal on a wrap-around effort.
Sophomore defensemen John Carlson battered through a screen and wristed one to the back of the net to extend their lead.
The Grey Ghosts (10-3-2) clawed their way back, taking a 3-2 lead in the third after a power-play goal with four minutes left.
“They carried the play in the second period and into the third. They came out real strong. They outshot us,'' said Messina. “[Westford] moves through its neutral zone with speed and they are good at moving the puck out of the zone quickly with long passes.”
With their backs to the wall, the Harbormen responded in resounding fashion, stuffing in two quick goals. Gordon and sophomore center Matt Brazel each scored on rebounds.
The Harbormen outshot the Grey Ghosts, 19-6, in the third period.
“Our defense shut them down pretty good,” said Messina. “We just tried to take away that long pass. They are a good skating team, and they get a lot of speed in the neutral zone. Our defense stood up to them and did not give them too much space.”
The Harbormen face against No. 1 Malden Catholic Saturday at 5:40.
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