Roughly a minute before the Braintree boys’ hockey team broke open a scoreless tie at 5:51 of the third period on the way to a 2-0 victory Saturday night, the entire bench erupted.
Seconds after a Wamp power play had expired, Needham forward Dan Demayo found himself with a clean sheet of ice between himself and Braintree goalie Dylan Anderson.
The junior netminder came up with a momentum-shifting stop for the Wamps, a team that’s excelled at goal prevention this season but struggled at times on the offensive end.
At that moment, Braintree coach Dave Fasano felt the save could be a turning point for his team. Sure enough, Matt Hemmert cleaned up a rebound on a Jason Curley shot less than a minute later, giving the Wamps the lead for good in the Bay State Conference win at Babson College.
“Sometimes when the puck doesn’t go in, the tide turns a little bit in the locker room,” Fasano said.
“Kids start getting a little down. But [Anderson] made that breakaway stop and I said ‘that might be the stop that gets us going.’”
In recording his second shutout of the season, Anderson made 18 saves for Braintree (5-3, 3-2). Overall, the Wamps have four shutouts from three goalies.
“It’s amazing,” Anderson said of his team’s reaction to his save.
“It starts from the goalie out, and we just kept pushing because that had our team going after that.”
Jeremy Souza scored on the power play at 7:56 of the third, cleaning up a Kyle Roche rebound in nearly identical fashion to Hemmert’s goal to pad the lead for Braintree
Freshman Oliver Lamadieu made 27 saves for Needham (8-4, 4-1).
Hanover 3, Quincy 0 — First-period goals from junior Ethan Davis (1 goal, 1 assist) and sophomore Manning Morris (1 goal, 2 assists) gave the No. 14 Indians (7-0-1) all the offense they needed in a key Patriot League win over the Presidents (8-2-0) at Hobomock Arena. Sophomore Nate Delprete added a third period goal and senior Kevin Chandler made 27 saves in net for the shutout.
Newburyport 1, Lynnfield 1 — Senior Patrick Leary scored with 6:30 left to play as the host Clippers (6-2-1) earned the tie.
Xaverian 4, St. John’s Prep 3 — Matt Ryan struck for two goals and AJ Scott turned away 23 shots for the Hawks (5-2) in the Catholic Conference win.
Masconomet 5, North Reading 1 — With a second-period goal, senior captain Andrew Gotts (3 assists) notched his 100th career point for the Chieftans (8-1).
Stoneham 2, Wilmington 1 — Senior Colin Campbell stopped 29 shots and senior Nick Feliciano scored both goals to give the Spartans (4-4) the victory.
Archbishop Williams 6, Medfield/Norton 2 — Senior Mackenzie Heath netted a hat trick, securing her 100th career points, as the host Bishops (6-2) earned the nonleague win.
Braintree 7, Needham 2 — Junior Abby Holland lit the lamp four times and collected a pair of assists for the Wamps (7-2).
Stoneham 2, Wilmington 1 — Gianna Beauclair scored both goals for the Spartans (6-3-1) in their narrow victory.
Canton 1, Westwood 1 — Lizzie Tassinari scored the equalizer for the Bulldogs (5-2-3) with under two minutes at the Canton Ice House. Westwood received a second-period goal from Leah Piscatelli.
Duxbury 9, Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake 0 — Katie Hill (2 goals) paced an balanced attack featuring eight goal scorers for the Dragons (8-0-1).
Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Acton-Boxborough/Bromfield 1 — Sophomore Julia Provvisionato had 19 saves for the Warriors (8-3).
Melrose 4, Wakefield 2 — Freshman Emily Crovo (2 goals, assist) and eighth grader Maggie Pierce (goal, 2 assists) sparked the Red Raiders (5-3-1).
Nobles 4, Berkshire 0 — Katie Pyne and Kate Ham scored two goals apiece for the Bulldogs (11-0-3).
Arlington Catholic 65, Lowell Catholic 50 — Senior Jack Connaughton scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Cougars (5-4).
St. Sebastian’s 47, Groton 46 — Sophomore Ben Kaczmarek connected on the winning triple with eight seconds left to cap a 13-point comeback in the final three minutes for the visiting Arrow (4-6).
Worcester Academy 83, New Hampton 71 — Senior Mitch Doherty tossed in a game-high 28 points for the host Hilltoppers (12-0).
Wareham 67, Apponequet 59 — Senior guard Taylor Carlson tossed in 20 points for the Vikings (5-3).
Cristo Rey 62, Notre Dame (Lawrence) 52 — Junior Luis Martinez dropped 22 points for the Knights (5-1).
Bishop Feehan 42, Masconomet 39 — Senior captain Bri Gillen scored 14 points as the 15th-ranked Shamrocks (7-3) notched a road win over the 16th-ranked Chieftains (7-3).
Pentucket 72, Notre Dame (Hingham) 46 — Junior guards Jelly Hurley (20 points) and Angelina Yacubacci (19 points) led the way for the 10th-ranked Sachems (9-1).
Thayer 49, Governor’s Academy 39 — Sophomore Cassie Davidson led the Tigers (5-5) with 16 points.
Winsor 72, Portsmouth (R.I.) 47 — Michaela Stanfield (26 points), Emma Charity (14 points), and Vas Handrinos (14 points) led Winsor (5-4) to a win.
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