Tuesday, March 12, 2013
D3 South: Medway 6, Pembroke 2
By Brian Fabry
BOURNE, Mass. -- Medway came into the D3 South Sectional finals looking to defend its title but also in search of some offense as the Mustangs could only muster five goals in their first three playoff games.
Mission accomplished on both ends of the stick.
Medway (19-2-3) doubled their offensive playoff totals and then some scoring three times in the first period alone to defeat Pembroke (14-8-5) for the third time this season in a 6-2 rout to capture back-to-back Division 3 South Sectional titles at Gallo Ice Arena.
Most of the offense came from the line of Josh O'Toole, Cam Fisher, and Mike Boldy. Medway head coach Chris Ross refers to the line as the "gray line" as they wear gray jerseys to signify they are underclassmen but there was nothing gray about their output.
O'Toole finished with the hat trick and assisted on two others while Fisher and Boldy, both sophomores, each added a goal and two assists apiece to account for all but two of the 14 points the offense accumulated.
The two-time Division 3 South champions now move on to face North champion Swampscott at the Chelmsford Forum tomorrow night (8 p.m.) for the right to advance to the TD Garden to play for the D3 state title.
"Our offense came alive tonight but we are still built on good solid defensive hockey," Ross said. "When a game gets very open like that it is tough to slow the pace of the game down and the game just stayed fast the whole time."
Ross' squad came into the night with three consecutive playoff shutouts behind senior netminder Mike Narducci (20 saves) but Medway didn't need much from Narducci as the three first period goals put thing out of reach.
Fisher scored 18 seconds into the first shift down the ice off the opening face off. Nick DeCristoforo fired one on net just inside the blue line and Fisher tipped it past Titans goalie Bobby McElligott (23 saves) for the first Mustangs tally.
"The first goal really caught us off guard and out intent was to attack early and try to get up and get that head start, but certainly and obviously it backfired on us and they came at us," Pembroke head coach Mark Duffy said.
Senior Jack Kilty, the team's leading scorer, picked up an unassisted tally on a slow roller under McElligott's left pad to give Medway the 2-0 lead at 9:54. After Kilty scored on an excellent solo effort, he could have taken the rest of the night off as the "gray line" took care of the rest.
Just under a minute later, it was Boldy with a wrister after getting a solid cross-crease, right-to-left pass from Fisher as the sophomore forward picked the far top corner for three unanswered goals in the first period alone.
O'Toole collected his second assist on Boldy's tally to hand Medway the 3-0 lead and then proceed to score the next three goals for the Mustangs in less then 16 minutes of ice time.
"They are all underclassmen but they just move the puck real well, they skate real well together and I'm psyched for the future when I think of that line," said Ross, about Fisher, Boldy, and O'Toole. "Kilty is a bona fide Division 1 type player and I don't think he gets the recognition that he deserves but that was a great individual effort."
O'Toole gave Medway a 4-0 lead at 6:12 of the second with the first of this three tallies, but Pembroke was not in quit mode as Josh Golden fired one in off the pads of Narducci 27 seconds later to match O'Toole's goal.
The main problem for Pembroke was they came out with a strong forecheck but it was extremely high in the zone, which allowed the Mustangs to cycle through under the net and pick the corners low of the slot and near the crease all game long.
O'Toole scored bookend goals in the third while Mike Ruxton was credited with the Titans second goal off a pretty feed out front from C.J. Buckingham to finish off the scoring for Pembroke.
This was the third loss in as many games for the Titans against Medway this season. In fact, the Mustangs ended the Titans' season in 2012 in the South Sectional semifinals in a 2-1 overtime win, giving Medway four consecutive victories against Pembroke.
"They beat us up pretty good this year...they are on a four game win streak right now against us and we'll have to reflect on that in the off-season certainly," Duffy said. "We didn't make that step tonight, and that is something we need to think about in the off-season about what we have to do differently but you have to give [Medway] credit."