The rematch played out much like the original with the bleached-blonde boys from Wilmington skating off with their second straight Division 2 state title in a 4-0 victory over Franklin on Sunday at TD Garden.
Last year’s win required a hat trick from Cam Owens in a 3-2 battle. This time around the Wildcats used a second-period goal from Cody McGowan off a feed from Dylan DiNatale (two assists) to take a lead that they would never relinquish.
Solid backchecking by Wilmington kept the Panthers offense at bay for much of the game as Franklin was unable to generate an offense push that was sustainable, and even when they did have their chances, junior goalie Drew Foley (15 saves) was there to shut the door, earning his second shutout of the postseason.
Wilmington’s second goal came in the third period on a power play when Owens found Brendan McDounough with a cross ice pass that was slammed home on the right doorstep.
At 8:57 of the final frame when Jake Rogers slammed one home from the right side with McDonough and Cam Collins picking up helpers on the play.
They capped the scoring with 1:57 to play when Luke Foley, who was rock solid in a defensive-forward position, tapped home a rebound.
With time ticking away the aptly green-clad Wildcats fan section erupted as Wilmington became state champions for the second time in school history.
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