Editor's note: Hingham High School senior Tim Driscoll checks in with his first Player Diary installment of the hockey season, highlighting the Harbormen's recent tussle with Needham and looking to what lies ahead for the defending Super 8 champions.
The hockey season is about a third of the way done, but it feels that it began just yesterday. So far we are 3-0-3 in the young season, which puts us right in the middle of things. As players, we would all like that to be a 6-0 record, but we are still undefeated and that is something to be proud of. Already we have played in some very exciting games.
On Friday, we played a very fun game against a very good Needham squad. Our coaches told us that this is a big game throughout the whole state because it gives a everyone somewhat of an idea of where they stand next to other teams. It was also a big game for us because year after year Hingham and Needham are among the best teams in the state and both are usually two of the top public schools. Despite coming out very slow in the first period, we managed to get an early goal and take a 1-0 lead in the first minute. After that goal though, the first period was all Needham and they took a 2-1 lead into the locker room. As a team, we started to pick up our play in the second and managed to tie the game at two midway through the second. The score remained at 2-2 because of great goaltending and very physical play all the way until two minutes left in the third period. Needham got a power play late in third, and Tom Coleman walked out from behind the net and fired a shot home just as the power play was ending with just over a minute left in the game. Being down 3-2, we took a timeout with about 45 seconds left to play to discuss how we wanted to try and get the equalizer. After we put a shot on net there was a big scrum in front and somehow the puck found our stick and we capitalized to tie the game with less than 15 seconds left.
Clearly, we would have loved to get the win in a game where we out-shot our opponents by a fair margin, but its always great when you get a tie after being down real late. I am happy we pulled out the tie and one of the reasons we were so good last year was because of our heart and determination to win games, and this game showed that we still have those qualities as a team this year.
So far this year, we have beat Hamden High (the Connecticut state champs), 4-0, Norwood, 6-1, and Weymouth, 3-2. We beat Duxbury 3-2 in an overtime thriller, but it counts as a tie according the MIAA. We also tied a very good St. John's Prep team, 4-4, where we again rallied to tie it up late.
Our team this year is still trying to find our identity because we are such an experienced team. We have many returning players, but only a couple received quality ice time last year in our title run [in the Super 8]. That does not go to show that we aren't talented because we do have quite a bit of skill. The key for us this year in order to be successful again is to find team chemistry and get everyone on the same page. I feel we are starting to develop as a team because everyone wants to have a great year and as players we are learning what it takes to be great.
We are going to need to work out all of our kinks and start playing “Hingham Hockey” because we have some very tough games coming up in Catholic Memorial next Saturday and Malden Catholic the following Saturday.