RAYNHAM, Mass. -- The inaugural Joseph I. Quinn Memorial Tournament kicked off on Tuesday night at the Raynham IcePlex. The tournament pits four Division 2 state tournament qualifiers: Boston Latin, No. 24 Canton, Franklin, and host team No. 21 Coyle- Cassidy. It’s a chance for all four teams to challenge themselves against playoff competition.
Coyle head coach David Borges noted that the tournament, which was named in honor of former Warriors coach Joe Quinn, who passed away this summer, meant a lot more to the Coyle program than just the chance to play good teams.
“The guys that played for him can’t say enough about how much he gave of his time, his money… it means a lot to us,” Borges said. “These guys [the current Coyle team], even though they haven’t been around him, we’ve tried to convey the history of Coyle hockey and they wanted to win for Joe tonight.”
Quinn was the head coach of Coyle for 35 years and won 11 division titles during his tenure, before stepping down in 2005. He founded the program and financially supported it while coach.
“He owned the shirt on my back when I played here,” Borges said.
Coyle (13-4-1) rallied to earn an overtime win over Canton (14-3-2) in the nightcap.
But, until the game-tying goal went in, the Bulldogs were dominating. This is the time of year when one mistake or one slip can turn a game around and send a team home and the Bulldogs saw that firsthand in 3-2 loss.
Leading 2-1 in the third period, Canton’s top line created four great scoring opportunities, but failed to finish any of them.
First, senior captain Pat Ward had the puck roll off his stick in front of an open net after slipping past two Coyle defenders. Then leading scorer Brian Brooks missed short side on a breakaway chance. Minutes later, Ward rifled a shot off the post. Finally, senior Michael Denehy had his one-timer in the slot saved by Warriors goalie Brent Petrowski.
Coyle made Canton pay with 4:13 left in the third period. Senior captain Ryan Jones flicked a pass from behind the net to a wide open Greg DiBona and the senior forward roofed his backhand to make it 2-2. Coyle had chances to win it in regulation but Canton goalie Rich Nee made several great stops to send it to overtime.
In the overtime, both goalies were tested before a slip by Bulldogs senior defenseman Stephen Mullaney gave Coyle an opening. Nick Cambria fired in a wrister just under the crossbar to win the game for the Warriors.
“We sensed desperation down 2-1, but once we scored that goal, we had the confidence that we could keep doing that,” Borges said about changing his team’s approach in the third period from carrying the puck to chipping it in deep. “That’s a great Canton team. They’re disciplined, they work hard, and they make you earn every inch of the ice.”
As far as the MIAA is concerned, the game finished in a 2-2 tie. This is the second consecutive game that Canton has allowed a third-period lead slip to a D2 tournament team.
That is a pattern that head coach Brian Shuman is working hard to change.
“I think one of the things that we have to learn is when we don’t get our scoring opportunities, or when we miss our chances, that we still have to pick up defensively,” he explained. “What you saw there was guys get frustrated that they couldn’t bury the puck and they lose their defensive responsibility. We’ve got to figure out a way to close out games.”
Jones had the opening goal of the game for Coyle on an assist from DiBona. Ward scored twice in the opening period, including a blistering slapshot into the top corner, to give Canton the lead which the Bulldogs held until the final period.
BOSTON LATIN 2, FRANKLIN 1
The cliché says, “You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”
That was especially true for Boston Latin (10-6-3), which had two deflected goals in its 2-1 win over Franklin (13-6-2) in the tournament opener.
The opening goal came with 5:28 remaining in the first period as defenseman Brian Forgione carried the puck into the attacking zone. The senior had few options so he fired a shot at Franklin goalie Devon Maloof. The puck ricocheted off the post and off the goaltender to make it 1-0.
Following a Troy Donahue short-handed goal that tied the game at 1-1, Wolfpack forward Greg Penella turned and fired a hopeful shot towards the Panthers net. The puck deflected off the skate of a Franklin player and past Maloof to make it 2-1.
Boston Latin head coach Frank Woods admitted after the game that these are the types of goals that his team has to score to be successful.
“That’s how we score,” he said. “We don’t have a very skilled team this year. We have a bunch of kids that work hard and we preach put the puck on net and go get the ugly goals or bang in a rebound.”
Despite trailing by a goal, Franklin was outshot in the third period, 12-2, and Panthers head coach Chris Spillane was disappointed that there was no reaction from his team to get back into the game.
“You expect everyone to step up and have a little extra offensive jump in your step and we didn’t see that,” he said. “We were content just backing up. Anytime that you put the puck on net in a close game, it’s a good shot and we just didn’t do that.”
Spillane added, “I guess if you’re going to have a bad game it’s better to have it this week than next week. We still have an opportunity to play a good team on Thursday. If we come out and play a good solid hockey game, we’ll go into the tournament feeling comfortable.”
Thursday night, Hockomock League rivals Franklin and No. 24 Canton will face-off for the third time this season in the consolation game at 6 p.m. and No. 21 Coyle will take on Boston Latin in the nightcap at 8 p.m.