WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — It wasn't the victory that Shrewsbury Boys' Hockey Coach Steve Turnblom wanted. But it was a victory nonetheless, as the Colonials defeated the Algonquin Tomahawks, 5-4, after a nail-biter of a third period that ended the regular season.
Shrewsbury dominated the first period, but was scoreless in the second, ceding the lead to Algonquin.
The third period saw Shrewsbury take the lead again, only to be tied thanks to a successful shot by Algonquin's Dylan Connelly.
With just barely 14 seconds left in the game, it was Junior Derek Dell’Olio's goal that put the Colonials back on top.
Despite the victory, Turnblom was not impressed, considering Shrewsbury's 15-4-1 record.
“The kids didn't come to play this week,” he said. “They didn't focus. We were turning the puck over all day long. We didn't manage the puck like we usually do. It cost us some goals, and we're lucky that we pulled it out.”
Looking back on the season, Turnblom was a little rosier: “Any time you win 15 games out of 20. The kids have come along, but they've got to learn to play disciplined hockey.”
As Shrewsbury enters the offseason, Turnblom said he is optimistic that the Colonials will “go all the way.”
Shrewsbury 2 0 3 - 5
Algonquin 1 2 1 - 4
First Period: Shrewsbury goals by Cole Vincequere and Jack Quinlivan. Algonquin goal by Mitch Bolduc.
Second Period: Algonquin goals by Bolduc and Lucas Bautz
Third Period: Shrewsbury goals by Dell’Olio (two) and Dan Quinlivan. Algonquin goal by Dylan Connelly.