CANTON — About six minutes into the third period, with the Blue Hills boys’ hockey team holding a comfortable four-goal lead over visiting Nantucket, junior forward Nick Edwards dished a pass from the red line in his offensive zone.
Nick’s brother, senior forward Josh Edwards, received the pass in the left circle and put it in the back of the net for his third goal of the game and 200th point of his career.
“It hasn’t kicked in yet,” said a smiling Josh, the team’s captain after the Warriors' 6-1 victory over the Whalers. “I never really dreamed about [Nick getting the assist], but now that it happened, it’s awesome. I just never actually thought it would happen.”
Josh’s hat trick and 200th point highlighted the Mayflower League win for the Warriors (7-0-2).
The elder Edwards brother entered the game four points shy of 200 and didn’t take long to put a dent into it against Nantucket (1-5-1). He scored just 17 seconds into the first period when he picked up the puck in the Warriors’ defensive zone and skated end-to-end before slipping it into the net.
Josh picked up his second point minutes later when he assisted Nick’s goal, but then didn't score again until the end of the second period.
The Whalers took six penalties in the middle frame and the Edwards duo couldn’t capitalize on any of them.
“They had a lot of people crowding the front of the net,” Josh said. “I was getting frustrated.”
That ended, though, with 10.1 seconds left in the period, again thanks to an assist from Nick. Josh, racing toward the net, somehow got a shot off before falling and sliding into the boards behind the goal.
That set the stage for Josh’s third-period tally and the ensuing ceremony, which briefly paused the game.
“[Josh] and Nick were playing a little bit different tonight,” said Blue Hills coach Steve Woods. “Nick was trying to set him up, maybe more than he should have, but that’s the thing — he wanted to get [the assist].”
Junior forward Sean Connaughton collected three assists, and Nick, an assistant captain, finished with a goal and two helpers, inching him closer to the 150-point mark — with plenty of time to also reach 200.
“I don’t know if you ever get used to it,” Woods said of having players collect 200 points. “You hope it happens every year but obviously it doesn’t. Barring any major injuries and any problems next year, I imagine Nick will be at that 200-point mark as well.
“After that, I don’t know what we’ll find,” Woods added, laughing.
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