Barrington coach credits goalie, defense for championship finish

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Barrington High School senior goalie Andrew Galbraith stopped 53 shots and led his team to a 2-0 victory over Burrillville in the third and deciding game of the Division I state championship on Sunday afternoon at Brown University.

Galbraith, who paced Barrington to a 1-0 win in the first game of the series, won the MVP award for his efforts.

“He had a great year,” said Barrington coach Derek Borek. “He came up big for us all year long.”

Barrington junior Brett Fay opened the scoring in the first period, netting a goal off assists from Derek Carlson and Joseph Lombardi. Eagles’ freshman Michael Lombardi, Joseph’s brother, pushed Barrington’s lead to 2-0 on an unassisted goal in the second period.

Galbraith and the defense shut down the Broncos for the remainder of the game, securing the championship and wrapping up a solid season.

“They did exactly what I told them to do. Play the body and don’t allow the rebounds on net,” said Borek.

The Eagles struggled to score goals in the beginning of the season, but showed a consistent defensive effort. Barrington finished the year at 3-14-1 and knocked off Smithfield in two straight games in the Division I semifinals.

The Eagles opened the finals with an impressive 1-0 win in the opener of the finals, as Galbraith shut down the Broncos’ offensive attack. It was a different story in game two on Saturday, as the Eagles lost 7-2.

“We did everything wrong on Saturday,” Borek said, adding that he was not sure how the Eagles would respond a day later. “I was concerned.”

That worry disappeared once the puck dropped on Sunday. Borek said his team showed a determination that was missing a day earlier, and quickly pushed ahead of the Broncos.

“It makes me proud,” said Borek, who is in his second year with the Eagles. “We skate hard. We might not have a ton of talent, but we skate hard in every game.”

Borek said he will graduate five seniors from this year’s team — Galbraith, leading goal-scorer David Kraunelis, Nick Visano, Stephen Miller and Matthew Grieve. He added that he will return a solid group of skaters for next year’s team.

“We have a lot of kids coming back,” he said.

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