Marauders Slip On The Ice
Dedham boys hockey beaten 7-1 by neighboring Needham.
After opening its season with a dramatic season-opening win over Newton South last Saturday, the Dedham boys' ice hockey team suffered a reality check against Bay State Conference Carey Division powerhouse Needham Wednesday night at Babson College, falling 7-1 to the Rockets.
Dedham kept the game competitive through the first period before Needham took control with four second-period scores.
"The first 10 minutes I was thrilled with the way we played," said Dedham coach Paul Podolski. "We got the puck behind their defensmen, we got pretty good pressure with our first guy and we were able to counter-attack their quick attack and we reacted well on the forecheck."
Marauder captain Macon Walker scored Dedham's lone goal in the first period on a backhander to pull the Marauders within 2-1, but the Marauders couldn't muster any more offense in the period despite putting together a trio of 2-on-1 opportunities in the first eight minutes of action.
"I couldn't see their first goal, but some of our players thought it was hit by a high stick," said Podolski, "but we still felt good at 2-1. I thought we had some momentum, but their third was a killer."
The Rockets scored 11 seconds after the Marauders got on the board.
Needham coach Bill Guisti was relieved his team held the lead after playing sluggish throughout the first period of their season.
"I'll tell you what, in the first period, we could of come out of there down, they played really well in the first period," said Guisti. "It was a little sloppy out there but overall ithink the kids were probably looking ahead a little bit to the CM game."
Needham (1-0) faces Catholic Memorial on Saturday in a rematch of last year's Super 8 tournament while Dedham (1-1) gets the weekend off due to the Nobles hockey tournament and hosts Wellesley on Monday.
"Our game can't be played on Saturday so we wll play Monday at 5," said Podolski. "Then Wednesday at 5:15 we play against Weymouth, which will be as good as Needham, so we need to bucklle up chin straps and be ready to go."
After surrendering four goals in the second period, Podolski was pleased to see his team remain competitive through a scoreless third period.
"That's a testament to our kids. They didn't pack it in," said Podolski. "In the third period we made better body contact. The final score was not a good result for us, but on the other hand we did a lot of good things."
First period - 1, Needham, Jamie Arnao (Matt McGloin, Joe Parsons) 10:29. 2, Needham, Tom Coleman (DJ Walsh, Chris Joyce) 11:29. 3, Dedham, Walker Macon (Tommy Connolly, Tim McGaffigan) 12:17. 4, Needham, Walsh (JP McHale, Coleman) 12:28.
Second period - 5, Needham, Coleman (Joyce) 3:11. 6, Needham, Sam Nickles (Corey Hood, Scott Atkinson) 5:01. 7, Needham, Walsh (McHale, Coleman) 11:47. 8, Needham, Jeff Rosata (Atkinson, Nickles) 13:14.