BOURNE, Mass. -- There’s something to be said about heading into the postseason with momentum.
However, No. 14 seed North Quincy entered the Division 2 South boys’ hockey tournament by backing in. The Red Raiders entered Thursday’s action against No. 3 seed Sandwich on a five-game losing streak.
North Quincy emerged a new team, a healthier one at that, with a 3-1 win over the Knights in their home rink. The Red Raiders advance to play No. 6 seed Mansfield in a quarterfinal game Saturday in Brockton.
“We didn’t finish the season too strong, so other teams might’ve taken us for granted, which I might have, too,” North Quincy head coach Matt Gibbons said. “We finished oh-and-five in our last five and we couldn’t score goals. But we’ve had a couple of guys come back now and we’re at a hundred percent and we weren’t three weeks ago.”
The Red Raiders (9-8-4) relied on goaltender Nolan Greene (22 saves) early, but we able to start the first and second period with goals. North Quincy scored on its first shot on goal by Robert Cameron at 9:11 of the first off a 2-on-1 break. The Red Raiders also scored on their second shot of the second period with Timmy Glynn putting back a shot off a rebound.
Rudy Tryon capped scoring for North Quincy at 2:12 of the third, after Sandwich’s Drew Buckland made it a one-goal game at 7:54 of the second.
“If Sandwich gets the first one [of the game], we’re back on our heels and maybe doubting ourselves again,” Gibbons said. “To get the first one was big for us, the second one really lifted us.”