Junior goalie Matt Wilson drops to block a shot during the Huskies' recent 4-1 win.
Senior captain Justin Correia scored three goals and added an assist on the night in which he and fellow seniors Zach Minior, Sean Killeavy, John Calce, and Trevor Sousa were honored before the game.
“We missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years,” said head coach Matt Grieve. “People didn’t have high hopes for us [this season], but the kids kept working hard, put in the time, and it showed.”
Correia got the scoring started with just over 10 minutes left in the first period, snapping a shot past PCD goaltender Tim Malo. Both teams would then send two players each to the penalty box in the period, but the score would stay 1-0 heading into the first intermission.
The second period began slowly for both teams, each getting several scoring chances, but both goaltenders held strong. Then at the 4:42 mark of the period, Killeavy would take a massive hit from a PCD player in open ice, knocking him down to the playing surface. He would exit the ice and not return to the game.
The Huskies got a shot of life from seeing their teammate go down, and it would show five minutes later when Correia scored his second goal of the contest off a pass from junior Jake Abenante to put Mt. Hope up 2-0.
A boarding call on freshman Jake Calouro would put the Huskies on the penalty kill late in the period, and PCD would cut the lead to 2-1, when Nathan Duffy scored an unassisted goal with just under a minute left in the power play.
However, the second period would not go down so quietly, as the Huskies regrouped and regained some offensive rhythm, culminating in a last minute goal by junior Nick Anania to give Mt. Hope another two goal lead heading into the final period. Correia scored his third point of the game.
The third period would be remembered for tight defense holding down on both sides. Despite numerous scoring opportunities, junior net minder Matt Wilson was lights out when it mattered most, denying shot after shot by the desperate PCD offense.
The night was capped off by Mt. Hope withstanding a late PCD surge, and Correia firing a shot into PCD’s empty net with .2 seconds left in the game to seal the hat trick and secure a victorious final chapter in the book of Mt. Hope’s season.
The Huskies finish up the 2012-2013 season with a record of 6-12-1, and while they failed to make the playoffs, the Mt. Hope players can leave the ice with their heads held high.
“We started off the season slow; some people were pessimistic about our chances since moving up to Division II [this season],” said Grieve. “But since February break we went 3-2-1, so we were very happy with how we played down the stretch.
“I couldn’t be happier for our seniors,” he said. “They deserved this win.”