WOBURN, Mass. – After pulling off a first-round upset against Newburyport, Concord-Carlisle continued playing its brand of tough defensive hockey in Friday’s Division 2 North quarterfinal at the O’Brien Rink.
The No. 12 Patriots and goaltender Ranger Beguelin held the Red Raiders scoreless until there were six seconds remaining in the game, taking a 2-1 victory and advancing to play No. 8 Danvers in the sectional semifinals.
“One thing that we spend a lot of time on is puck support,” C-C head coach Kevin Harrington said. “We’re not a team that generates a ton of offense, so we know we have to play well defensively.”
The Patriots (12-8-2) took a 1-0 lead at 1:53 of the first period on a John Carroll goal.
C-C added what looked to be an insurance goal at 11:21 of the third, with Charlie Canty following up on his own rebound. It would prove to be the game-winner as Watertown (10-10-2) got on the board with its goaltender pulled and six seconds remaining.
Connor Demore had the tally for the Red Raiders.
“Ranger Beguelin is the most competitive kid in that locker room,” Harrington said of his goaltender. “The heart in that kid, you can’t measure. He just battles out there.”