Written by Gary Demopoulos / Hockey Night in Boston
BOSTON — Undeterred by a loss to Xaverian in a Super 8 play-in game, Duxbury returned to the Division 1 South Sectional as the top-seed and took care of business. Last night at TD Garden in the MIAA state final, the Dragons took it one step further.
Junior forward Friend Weiler scored all three of his team’s goals and the Dragons downed Winchester, 3-1, to win the 2019 crown. It was Duxbury’s first state title since 2007.
The game did not start until 9:59 pm as the previous contest, the Super 8 final between BC High and Pope Francis, went to four overtimes.
Both teams had some scoring chances in a rather uneventful first period. But the goalies, junior Steve Pisani for Duxbury, and sophomore Rob DiVincenzo for Winchester, kept this one a scoreless tie.
It wasn’t until midway through the second period that a goal was scored.
The Dragons (22-5-0) jumped on top 1-0 when Weiler pounced on his own rebound and flipped it home. Jake Brennan and James Lawlor drew assists on the play.
And just 43 seconds later, the Sachems (17-8-0) were able to even things up. Senior defenseman Luke Mix got the goal, moving in from the blue line to send a shot past Pisani.
The game stayed 1-1 and appeared to be headed on a track that three previous state final games on the day had taken – overtime.
But, Weiler was able to break free and score a huge goal with 4:02 remaining in the third period, putting the Dragons on top to stay.
Sachems’ coach Bill Burns pulled DiVincenzo for a sixth attacker with just over a minute to play, but Winchester couldn’t find the equalizer.
Weiler put the finishing touch on the win with an empty-net tally with 2.3 seconds to play, accounting for the 3-1 final.
Coach John Blake’s club had previously won a state title back in 2007 when the Dragons edged Woburn, 3-2.
Written by Gary Demopoulos
Published with permission from Hockey Night in Boston
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