Just as South Boston was littered with green confetti during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, Wilmington fans littered the TD Garden ice with hats after junior Cam Owens’ third goal with 7:33 remaining in the game provided the final margin in a 3-2 win over Franklin. The win gave the Wildcats their first Division 2 state hockey title in school history.
"The first of many we hope," Wilmington coach Steve Scanlon said.
The Wildcats (16-4-5) and Panthers (19-3-3) entered the final frame tied at two after Cam Curley and Evan Stawarz brought Franklin back from a two-goal deficit.
A turnover by Owens in his own zone put the puck on the stick of Hockomock MVP Nick Bertoni midway throught the third period. Bertoni got the puck back after his shot from the point was blocked by Brian Pickett, but Pickett stole it away and turned it up ice to Luke Foley. Owens broke into the zone on a 2-on-1 with Foley, but Franklin netminder Mike Donadio made the initial save on Foley after a give-and-go. The puck ended up in the corner, where Jacob Rogers scooped it up and sent it back out to the slot. Owens fired a wrister past Donadio on the stick side, and the hats came raining down.
"You can't even describe the feeling," Owens said. "It was crazy. You get the first goal, the blood starts flowing, you get another one right after, and then when I got that third one I couldn't even believe it happened. It was unreal."
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