The Barrington High School boys’ hockey team is one win away from a state title.
Barrington defeated Burrillville 1-0 Thursday night, taking a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three D-I finals.
“We knew it’d be a tight game,” said head coach Derek Borek after the win.
“We play them tough and they’re a good team.”
Barrington played tough defense throughout the physical battle that featured plenty of big hits from both sides. The Eagles’ sole goal came 3:53 into the third period. Senior forward Stephen Miller passed to freshman forward Michael Lombardi from behind the Burrillville goal. Lombardi took the pass and snuck it to the right of junior goalie Kyle Wilkinson, who was previously flawless.
The Eagles survived a nerve-racking final minute to end the game. Miller was sent to the penalty box for hooking with two minutes left in regulation. About forty-five seconds later, Burrillville pulled Wilkinson before Barrington lost another player to the penalty box with 55 seconds remaining, this time for a cross checking call against senior goalie Andrew Galbraith.
The Eagles defense stood strong, however, lead by yet another stellar effort from Galbraith.
“All year long he’s played fantastic for us,” said Borek of Galbraith.
“He came up huge again tonight. He’s the backbone of our team.”
Borek said he told his group to be strong during Burrillville’s final flurry, stay strong on the puck and get it out of Barrington’s zone.
The two teams play again Saturday night, once again at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium. Thursday was the first time Barrington beat Burrillville this season. The Eagles are currently riding a three game post-season win streak after a two-game semifinals sweep of Smithfield. It’s Barrington’s longest winning streak of the year.
“It feels great because we’ve had a long season. The guys worked hard all year and I’m glad they were able to step up and play that hard, tight knit game we had,” Borek said.
“We have to come out and play with just as much if not more intensity than we just had, take advantage of our opportunities and hopefully come out with a win.”
The puck drops at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.