Senior Michael Phelan (4) handles the puck during a game earlier this season as Charles Patriquin (3) looks on. (Doug McCulloch/Hometown Weekly)
By Robert Rosen
Hometown Weekly Staff
More than any other sport, the postseason in hockey completely changes the way the game is played. The level of intensity rises to a new level and players step up their games like they never have before
For the Dover-Sherborn boys’ hockey team, sophomore Peter Davies, Jr. rose to the occasion and took over the game in the third period of their first round state tournament matchup against Fairhaven, scoring two third period goals in a back-and-forth game, the second of which forced overtime. Davies then proceeded to score the game-winner in overtime off a pass from sophomore Cole Condon to propel the Raiders to the next round.
“Peter was determined to get the puck to the net and has a great shot,” coach Jeff Moore said after the win. “He made some great individual moves to beat defenders and score…”
Played in front of a large crowd from both schools, the game was back-and-forth and intense right from the beginning. The Raiders led 1-0 and 2-1, while Fairhaven had leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Moore made some key adjustments in the third period by changing the lines and trying to get more shots on net. Freshman goaltender Ben Colangelo was also solid in net and made several key saves throughout the game to keep the Raiders in it.
“Our seniors all played with great determination as they don’t want their high school hockey careers to end just yet,” Moore said.
“As a team, we showed tremendous resilience, teamwork and a never quit positive attitude that enabled us to tie the game twice and eventually win it in overtime.”
Following the win against Fairhaven, Dover-Sherborn faced Norwell in the next round. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Norwell was just too powerful on offense and had a very strong defense and D-S fell, 8-0.
But the Raiders can be proud of how hard they fought throughout the season and during the Fairhaven game, as it will be something that they hope to continue down the road next season.
Dover-Sherborn will graduate just four seniors from this year’s team: Charles Patriquin, Michael Phelan, Andrew Mallett and Samuel Stone.
Robert Rosen is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter at @roberterosen.