Winchester Boys Hockey Falls to Woburn
The Sachems hockey team lost to Woburn, 2-0, in a physical game.
The Winchester High School boys’ hockey team lost to Woburn High School, 2-0, in an evenly aggressive match Saturday night at a packed and rowdy O’Brien Ice Rink in Woburn.
After a scoreless first period, the game was intensifying at the start of the second.
“First period was kind of probably a wash for both teams because it seemed like there was no puck out there,” Woburn coach Jim Duran said. “There was a lot of emotion with our team, with them getting their new jerseys and with our team with the boy (Joseph E. Briere) who lost his life. We wanted to dedicate the game to him.”
Winchester recorded the game’s first penalty – one of the night’s many – at 8:21. Senior Nick Ducharme sat for 1:30 for roughing. Winchester committed a second penalty at 5:25 when junior Mark Martignetti was called for high sticking.
Woburn got on the scoreboard first at 4:59 in the second when junior Casey Shea netted the goal with an assist from sophomore Joe Connors.
Winchester received its third penalty (1:30) at 2:35 on an interference call.
Woburn senior Bobby Smith was benched for 1:30 for checking at 2:12 and the Tanner’s committed their second penalty with 8.6 seconds remaining in the second when senior captain Alex Holland was called for tripping.
The third period began with Winchester receiving two penalties, its fourth and fifth.
And at 11:55, Holland scored Woburn’s second goal with an assist from Shea.
The game was becoming even more physical, with a handful of near-fights.
Then, at 9:20, both teams were called for roughing after the Sachems almost scored their first goal.
At 7:58, Woburn made its fourth penalty when junior John Concannon was called for hooking.
Winchester committed its seventh penalty (1:30) at 3:54. Junior Alex Sharp sat for high sticking.
The Sachems’ offense made a few more attempts to score as the last minutes of the game ran out, but they were never able to capitalize. Woburn took the victory.
“I think they’re both equal,” Duran said speaking of both team’s offense. “(Winchester) had a lot of good chances the first period, (Woburn) had a lot of good chances the second period and I think probably equal in the third period.”
Up next, Winchester plays at Belmont High School on Thursday at 3 p.m.