Malden/East Boston 6
There was no lack of shots or goals at the Hockeytown Arena in Saugus. The goaltenders on both ends of the ice struggled mightily to keep the puck out of the net. In the end, P.A.T’s snipers outshot and outskated their fast-moving rivals. The victory clinched first place in the Dual State West Division for this tight-knit team.
The first two goals of the game were generated by Matty McCarthy and Cam Johnson. These goals were unassisted and the result of hustle, heart and good positioning. PAT scored one other goal in the first period when Tyler Riel polished off the efforts of Cody Allard and Johnson (a passing combination that left Malden/East Boston spinning in circles). The first period ended with P.A.T on top 3-1.
Zach Bingham hooked up with Donny Frederick and Brian Walter to light the lamp early in the second period, but Malden/East Boston closed the gap to 4-3 by 5:06 of the period. Frederick released one of his missiles with just 3:02 left after passes from Bingham and Walter and the second period ended with P.A.T holding a 5-3 advantage.
The third period continued to go back and forth and in and out of the net as each team scored three more times. Bingham completed a hat trick, McCarthy bagged his second point of the game, and Walter earned a goal and his third assist. Jarod Dussault and David Hurley, both P.A.T blueliners, had much to do with breaking up Malden/East Boston’s efforts on defense.