By Ruslan Crosby
On Wednesday, the Newton South boys’ hockey team fell 3-2 to crosstown rival Newton North in a preseason scrimmage, due to a late Tiger goal.
The game was played for a great cause. Proceeds of the game went to the Travis Roy Foundation to raise money for spinal cord injury and paralysis. Roy is a former player at Boston University who was paralyzed eleven seconds into his NCAA career, due to a hard hit against the boards.
In the end, the score was not what the team wanted; members of the team are happy with how the team looks so early in the season.
“Overall, we played well as a team and the game showed that we have lots of potential,” Senior captain Cole Bovarnick said.
South was also able to draw the first power play of the game, despite conceding a short-handed goal to North. A few minutes later, the Lions gave up an own goal which gave the tigers an early 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.
“We sat back on our heels and watched North dictate the game as well as set the tone,” Bovarnick said.
In the second period, South came out with newfound energy, making the game have an atmosphere which resembled a playoff game. South outshot North 11-4 and controlled the puck well.
The Lions drew an early power play which was followed by sophomore, Johnny Baker, finding the back of the net to make the score 2-1. With momentum now in their direction, South got a turnover in the attacking zone and leveled the score at 2-2, with a goal from Bovarnick.
“When we came out in the second period we set the tone by taking more shots on goal and we improved the transition game from playing defense to offense,” Bovarnick said.
As the game was winding down, it looked like it was heading for overtime. However, North squeaked a third goal by dumping the back into the crease and getting a lucky bounce with 1:34 left.
Despite this heartbreaking loss, South proved they can play with one of the best teams in the state. North was a Division 1 South Semi-finalist last year.
South opens up the regular season against DCL rival, Wayland, on Saturday, at 12:30, at the John A. Ryan arena in Watertown.