Chieftains, Patriots Skate to Tie
FITCHBURG -- One team came in with slim playoff aspirations, while the other was simply playing out the remainder of the schedule and building for next year.
In the end, the Nashoba Regional boys’ hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with North Middlesex Regional in a non-league as the Patriots kept their slim playoff hopes alive by getting a point in a contest held at the Wallace Civic Center on Wednesday night.
The Chieftains are now 5-12-1 overall, while the Patriots are 6-8-2.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better effort tonight,” said Nashoba head coach Trevor Short. “We were missing our starting goalie tonight and had two captains out due to injuries, so we played well with a short bench. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the win, but it was a good effort overall.”
The star in this one for the Chieftains was sophomore Danny Lemanski as he scored all three Nashoba goals to record a hat trick. Lemansky got the visitors on the board just 3:28 in when he blasted in a nifty shot over the top left shoulder of North Middlesex goalie Thomas Kelly (22 saves). The sophomore standout helped Nashoba extended its lead to 2-0 after one period when he scored a power-play goal with 7:35 left in the opening frame.
North Middlesex came out for the middle period skating much harder and that was evident when William Morrissey banged home a rebound just 1:05 in to cut the Nashoba lead to one at 2-1. Ryan Riel netted the first of his two goals on the evening with 11:46 left in the period to help the Patriots draw even with the Chieftains.
Lemanski put the Chieftains up with 7:38 left in the middle frame as he banged home a loose puck in front.
“Danny Lemanski played tonight the way he is capable of playing,” Short said. “He has had a season of ups and downs, but tonight he shot the puck in key spots and moved it well on the power-play. He is only a sophomore, so he is still learning and growing but tonight he showed his true potential.”
Riel scored his second goal with a 11:06 left in the contest to knot the game, which is how it ended as neither team was able to put another one in.