With two goals from Bob Ganley and three assists from Patrick O’Keefe, the No. 6 Weymouth Widcats handed the No. 7 Needham Rockets their first Bay State Conference loss in two years.
“I though offensively they played very well, very solid," Weymouth head coach Matt Cataldo said of his second line. “That’s what we’ve been looking for, we’ve got our first line that’s just been pumping goals in and it’s good to see Bob [Ganley] and Ian [Sheridan] and Okie [Patrick O’Keefe] step up and bury their chances."
Ganley, a senior forward, got the scoring started just 2:06 into the first period. Ian Sheridan found O’Keefe behind the net who then passed to a wide open Ganley in front of the net and he put the puck through Needham goalie Connor Murray’s five hole for a 1-0 lead. Riley Flanagan made it 2-0 Weymouth at 7:28 in the second period after a nice pass from O’Keefe sent Flanagan through on a breakaway, which he finished high glove side.
Needham made it a one-goal game with just 4:47 remaining in the second when Jeff Rosata roofed a goal past Brian Brady from a tight angle and it was 2-1 at the second intermission.
But it was Weymouth that came out with more fire in the third period.
“Like we talked about in between the second and the third period, this is for the league title, and that’s how we treated that third period” said Cataldo.
Senior captain Tyler Piacentini scored the third goal for the Wildcats at 2:23 into the final period and Ganley added his second goal a minute and thirty-six seconds later.
“Weymouth is a good team, we know this is the team to beat in the Bay State League,” Needham head coach Bill Guisti said of the Wildcats, “I tip my cap to Weymouth, they wanted it more than us.”
The win moves Weymouth to 8-1-0 overall and 6-0-0 in Conference, while Needham falls to 4-3-1 with a 4-1-0 BSC record. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 9.