It had been a long ride from Mike Nanartowich’s bench into the starting lineup for Hudson senior Tyler Kirby, but the finely-tuned forward was electric today at the TD Garden. Kirby scored twice and assisted on another to lead the Hawks to their first-ever state title in Division 3, a 5-1 defeat of Medway.
Kirby had seen limited ice time during his freshman and sophomore seasons on the varsity, but he really came alive the past two years for Hudson, finishing off his final season with 24 goals and 16 assists.
The Mustangs (19-7-1) played an even first period with the Hawks (23-1-1) and went into the dressing room tied 1-1. But a few rouging penalties and one hit to the head turned a clean hockey game into a match of who-can-hit-who-harder. There were six penalties in the second period, and it appeared to throw Medway off its game, as Hudson’s Brian Carter gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead into the third.
Kirby scored early in the third and Carter broke up a breakaway attempt from Medway senior Jake O’Rourke (43 goals) as the Hawks scored twice more to cruise to the 5-1 win.
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