goalie Dan Murphy looked sharp in net as he stopped 12 of the 13 shots the Walpole players fired at him (eight of them coming in the 1st period) during the Wamps' 6-1 victory in the Millbury Cup on Wednesday night.
Yet Murphy nearly had the night off compared to the Walpole goalie, who stopped 32 of the 38 shots the Braintree Wamps pelted at him. The Wamps came out onto the ice and never let up for three periods.
After the first period of play, there was no score. The teams played very evenly with each of the goalies coming up with key saves, keeping the puck out of the net.
With nine left in the second period, the Wamps drew first blood as Cody Kingston open the scoring. Walpole tied the score at one about 35 seconds later. Then, less than two minutes later, Nick Lourdes, assisted by Troy and Tenaglia, put Braintree on top again with the Wamps' second goal. The period ended with the Wamps holding onto a slim one-goal lead.
The Wamps opened up the scoring on a power play as Dan Fasano beat Walpole’s goalie with about two minutes gone in the third period, featuring an assist by Troy and Fenton. Fasano added another moments later with Troy and Lourdes getting assists. The Wamps were up 4-1 when Tom Troy slipped the puck past the Walpole goalie with the help of Fasano and Lourdes.
At that point, the Wamps were up 5-1, but were playing like they were down by a goal. They continued skating hard as a visibly exhausted Walpole was unable to mount any kind of scoring attack. Conor Leslie scored Braintree's sixth and final goal with an assist by Tom Mahoney.