The Barrington High School boys’ hockey team is heading to the state D-I finals.
The Eagles survived a hard fought, double overtime battle with Smithfield Saturday night to wrap up a semifinals best of three series with back-to-back wins.
Barrington trailed most of the way Saturday following the team’s best offensive showing of the year on Friday.
Smithfield jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. The game stayed even through the second until Barrington answered with a goal from senior forward Stephen Miller in the third.
Smithfield kept the puck in Barrington’s zone through most of the first and second overtimes though senior goalie Andrew Galbraith shined in the victory.
“Drew Galbraith was the reason we won the game. He played outstanding,” said head coach Derek Borek.
Senior forward John Kraunelis netted the game-winning goal on a power play.
The best of three D-I finals series begins this Thursday. For Barrington, it’s the second trip in a row to the finals following a tough loss last year.
“It’s nice. We had a long season, we played well but we didn’t get a lot of bounces our way. It’s nice for the kids to get back to the finals,” Borek said.
“I’m sure they don’t want to come up short again.”