BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – For the second night in a row, the Barnstable faithful had to endure an overtime finish.
But unlike the girls squad that fell on Tuesday night, the Red Raiders boys’ hockey team came through in the overtime period, with Kyle Rood notching the game-winner with 36.5 seconds remaining and leading No. 6 Barnstable to a 5-4, come-from-behind win over No. 7 Norwood in the Division 1 South semifinals.
Barnstable will play top-seeded Braintree in the Div. 1 South finals on Sunday (1:45 p.m.) at Gallo.
“This team is a hell of a lot better than we gave them credit for at the beginning of the year,” Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson said. “They don’t quit, they don’t panic, and they get a little excited sometimes and take penalties but that goes both way.”
After a Barnstable hand pass put the face off back in their own end, the Red Raiders cleared their zone. With the icing call waved off, Donnie Brodd chased down the puck and fed the puck to an open Kyle Rood who went far-post, ending the marathon event.
“I was kind of chilling on the weak side wing. Donnie Brodd, great hockey player won the battle took them deep down around the net and I was wide open in front of the net and I tapped it in,” Rood said over his overtime winner.
It was only fitting that the first line of the Red Raiders would put an end to the game.
In the three games Barnstable has played in this postseason, they have been the heart and soul of the squad and Wednesday night was no different as they accounted for four of the five goals.
However, the Red Raiders were once again plagued by their own penalties. Heading into the second period, Barnstable held a 1-0 lead but penalties let the Mustangs right back in it.
John Galvin tied the game at 6:56 of the second period and four minutes later Mark Powers put Norwood on top with a power play goal.
With momentum clearly swinging over to the Mustangs side, Brodd took it upon himself to tie the game nine seconds later with a wrist shot over Denny Drummey’s shoulder.
Adding insult to injury after their penalty-plagued period, the Red Raiders allowed the Mustangs to get the go-ahead goal with 50 seconds left in the second period on a breakaway goal from Jack Sheehan.
Barnstable came out on the offensive to begin the third, tallying the first five shots on net, but it was Norwood that struck first.
Midway through the third, Sheehan struck again when he collected his own rebound and went around Red Raider goalie Kevin Huska to put Norwood on top, 4-2.
“I thought typical of the way we have been playing, we played very well in the first period and we were taken off our game in the second period by taking penalties and it changed our whole momentum,” said Nickerson.
With their season staring down a two-goal deficit, the quick-strike Raiders responded again, this time 11 seconds later when Cody Pasic jammed a loose puck home from the doorstep.
Three minutes later, Barnstable completed the comeback when Max Lambert took control of a failed clear attempt and rifled off a shot from the right dot to tie the game at four.
“At this stage anybody can beat anybody and I thought we were in trouble but we fought back and we were able to win,” said Nickerson.