“A lot of people outside of Braintree don’t give us a chance in this one but I know we can beat this team. It’s going to be a barn burner but our kids can win," boasted Tom Mahoney, father of #17 Tom Mahoney.
He was right.
The Wamps brought not only their A game to the Gallo Rink in Bourne against Marshfield but their A+ game. It was offense, it was defense, it was goaltending and it was coaching and the boys varsity hockey team mixed it all together and stunned Marshfield with a 2-0 victory in the quarter final round of the MIAA Division 1 South Tournament.
The teams played evenly in the first period as the goaltending on both sides was perfect allowing no goals. Braintree edged out Marshfield in shots on net 7-6. Goaltender Dan Murphy thwarted one of Marshfield’s best opportunities on a break-away. Murphy cut down the angle and took the Marshfield player down himself.
In the second period, Cody Kingston opened up the games scoring at nine minutes with an assist from Jim Flaherty and Tom Troy, putting the Wamps up 1-0. Dave Fasano followed that with a bullet past Marshfield’s goaltender at 9:54 on an assist from Tom Troy and Nick Ward, putting the Wamps up 2-0. That would be the score at the end of two as Braintree out shot Marshfield 12-7 in the period.
In the third period, the Wamps held on to their two-goal lead. Marshfield (18-2-2) was unable to mount much of an attack as the Wamps spent the period playing keep away with them and Murphy stopped everything they fired at him.
Braintree plays Milton, who beat Falmouth on Saturday 3-1, at a time and date to be announced.
The girls hockey team also won on Saturday, beating Winthrop 1-0 and advancing to the quarter finals against Acton-Boxboro on Tuesday, March 6 in Stoneham.
And on Friday night, the varsity girls basketball team defeated North Attleboro 53-33 to go on to play Dartmouth in the semi-finals at Massasoit Community College in Brockton on March 6 at 7:45 p.m.