- Written by Mike Halloran
- Published: 04 January 2011
The Dragons rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit, scoring a pair of goals in the second period and the game-winner with two minutes remaining to knock off Hanover, 3-2, on Friday afternoon at The Bog.
The win capped a draining week for Coach John Blakeâ€™s team, as they opened with a 3-2 OT loss (officially a tie) to defending Super 8 champion, Hingham High Sschool, last Monday night in the Ed Taylor Tournament in Hingham, and two nights later took on heated rival Marshfield and battled the Rams to a 2-2 tie.
To say the first two games took a lot out of the Dragons would be an understatement, as they looked lethargic in the first 15 minutes against Hanover, who came into the game at 1-5.
It took the Indians less than four minutes to jump on top, as sophomore forward Vinny Natale scored his first varsity goal when he knocked in a rebound of a Tim Matthews save to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Duxbury had few serious shots on senior goaltender Jim Donovan, and those proved harmless, as there was little follow-up on any rebounds.
While the Hanover lead surprised the Dragons, their second tally was a serious wake-up call after sophomore PJ Murphy scored on a 2-on-1 break with 5:44 remaining in the period.
The Dragons appeared to get their act together between periods, as they came out with a lot more energy in the middle period led by senior captain Bryan Barry, who scored the first Duxbury goal after a Mitch Barrington rush brought the puck over the blue line. The junior defenseman slid the puck over to junior forward Tim Harrison, who fed Barry for the score and a 2-1 deficit.
There was a renewed effort on the part of the Dragons and they almost tied it four minutes later when junior forward Evan Jackson rattled his shot off the post at the 6:52 mark.
Forced to kill a Hanover power-play with 3:42 to go in the second period, the Dragons kept the deficit at one and pressured the Hanover defense as the penalty expired.
With time running down, Duxbury continued to attack with Jackson, Nick Marrocco and junior defenseman Ken Jacobson stepping up into the rush. As Jackson took control on the left wing, he cut through the slot and fired on Donovan, who fell back into the net as the puck trickled through his pads to tie the game at 2-2.
While it appeared momentum was on Duxburyâ€™s side, the third period started with Hanover putting on all the pressure with a serious scoring bid in the first minute of play. They followed that three minutes later with a partial break-in. But Matthews was up to the task, as neither surge resulted in a goal.
The Dragons were forced to kill a penalty with 11 minutes left in the game and they did it flawlessly, only to see the Indians come back a few minutes later and pepper Matthews with a flurry of shots with four minutes left in the game.
Duxbury got a break when Hanoverâ€™s Jesse Rafferty went off for elbowing with 2:24 left in the game and the Dragons took advantage, as Barry scored the game winner at the two-minute mark with assists from Jackson and Barrington.
â€œWe were gassed after the Hingham and Marshfield games and we knew it would be a grind coming out in the first period,â€ said Blake. â€œIt was gut-check time, starting in the second period, and they all hung together as a group. All 22 guys worked together and they came back and got the â€œW.â€
The team will be in action on Saturday night when they entertain Bridgewater-Raynham at 7:50 p.m. at The Bog.