By Jeff JHO Hoyland & Caitlin Pequeno
If you had listened to the chatter that the BHS Boys Ice Hockey team had posted on social media, you would understand that they have been ready for this playoff game since they came out of the womb. There was only one thing on their mind – WIN ON WEDNESDAY
The Bedford Boys Hockey team played a tremendously hard-fought game this past Wednesday the 27th, at the O’Brien Rink in Woburn, ending in a come-from-behind- win after the defeat of Manchester Essex in nail-biting overtime.
Everything was set when the puck dropped; the team was revved up; the hockey dads lined up on the glass like picket fence post; the Fans in the Stands had donned their appropriate “WHITE OUT” garb; the hockey moms were gathered on their benches; all they needed was a victory
Essex Tech’s All-Conference goalie Shane Ahlin was peppered by Buccaneer shooters but stood tall. The Essex Tech started the scoring with a powerplay goal near the end of the first period. Junior James Demeo played hard and was able to score 2 goals in the second period, his first one just 2 minutes into the period. Essex scored again bouncing back and giving them a leg up with a score of 3-2 going into the third.
With time running out in the third, Bedford pulled goalie TJ Mead at a face-off in the Essex Tech end of the ice. Sophomore Adam Driscoll launched a rocket from the blue line to tie the game with just 1:15 left on the clock.
The boys continued into overtime with an outstanding performance from Frosh TJ Mead in the net. Overtime was intense, as the Bucs fired shot after shot on net, and Shane Ahlin plucked them out of the air like he was just playing catch. With the clock down to 2 minutes in overtime, James Demeo came to the rescue with his third goal of the game on a breakaway at point-blank range.
The team continues their post-season with a game against regular season foe, Newton South at 3 PM on Saturday. Newton South took both of the regular season games.
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