Monday, March 18, 2013
Wilmington High School beat Franklin for a second straight year in the Division 2 state title game to win the program's second championship in as many years.
The Wilmington High School boys hockey team had so much fun winning at TD Garden last year, they figured they’d do it again. Thanks to a 4-0 victory over Franklin on Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats sealed a second straight Division 2 state championship win. “Last year, it took a lot longer to set in,” said junior Cody McGowan, who scored the first goal of the game on a breakaway with 1:27 remaining in the first period. “This year, we’re already feeling it. We’re on cloud nine.” While the game ended up another lopsided notch in Wilmington’s belt, it could have been different if not for the goaltending of junior Drew Foley. With 8:43 to go before the first intermission, a bad bounce put the puck on a Franklin stick with a wide-open net just …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The Panthers square off against Wilmington in the state championship game after losing the last two years, and we have some facts to know about the Wildcats' foe.
The Franklin High School boys hockey team's mascot is the Panther. But Wilmington is hoping to turn them into the Bills on Sunday. If the Wildcats are able to topple Franklin in the Division 2 championship game, Franklin will have lost three straight title game contests. That's the feat accomplished by the Buffalo Bills of the early 1990s as they fell in the Super Bowl three straight years. So who is Franklin and how did they get to the championship game? We look behind enemy lines with some facts about the Panthers. No one will cover Sunday's game like Wilmington Patch, so be sure to check back throughout the day for complete coverage that will include a preview, live chat during the game, and photos and video from the tilt itself.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Find out how you can purchase tickets in advance of Sunday's Division 2 championship game in Boston.
The Wilmington High School boys hockey team will hit the ice of Boston's TD Garden on Sunday in hopes of bringing home a second straight state championship trophy. And you can be in the stands cheering them on. Fans can purchase tickets to the game by visiting the Ticketmaster page for the event. If Wildcat supporters wait to buy tickets at the door, they will pay $15. But the total cost including fees is $10.95 for online tickets, which can be printed at home. The game will serve as a rematch of last year's championship contest. After a shaky start to the tournament, the Wildcats are clicking on all cylinders and thumped Danvers, 7-2, to win the North Division 2 final on Monday. Franklin, meanwhile, earned its third straight trip to the …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Wilmington dominated every phase of the game on Monday night en route to a 7-2 victory that assured the Wildcats a chance at their second straight state title.
The champs are rolling, and it's bad news for seemingly everyone in Division 2. Thanks to a convincing 7-2 win over Danvers in the North Division 2 final on Monday night, Wilmington High School is within one victory of a second straight state championship. Brendan McDonough continued his meteoric rise as he notched a hat trick in less than two periods of action to lead the way for the Wildcats. Dylan DiNatale, Luke Foley, Steve DeFuria, and Jake Rogers also joined the scoring barrage. As a result, the team will skate on the ice of TD Garden on Sunday, though the game-time has not yet been announced. "For the program it's our ultimate goal," said head coach Steve Scanlon. "They dream of winning a title. Then to actually have gone and win …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Wilmington High School boys hockey team thumped Danvers, 7-2, thanks to a Brendan McDonough hat trick and will play for the Division 2 state title on Sunday.
Wilmington High School boys hockey coach Steve Scanlon said after his team's North Division 2 semifinal win that the Wildcats played just about as well as they could play. Then on Monday, the defending champions found another gear. Thanks in part to a Brendan McDonough hat trick, Wilmington cruised past Danvers on Monday night in Lowell at the Tsongas Center, winning a second consecutive North Division 2 title. As a result, the team will play on Sunday, March 17, at TD Garden in Boston for a state title. "The goal way back at the beginning of the year was the kids wanted to be back at The Garden," said Scanlon, whose team's celebration was a bit more tame than last year's. "They're a little more experienced, so they know the ultimate prize…
Wilmington skates against Danvers at 6 p.m. on the ice of the Tsongas Center in Lowell.
It’s a game the Wilmington High School boys hockey team has been in before. And the Wildcats are hoping for the same result. Wilmington skates in the North Division 2 title game for a second straight season, hoping to continue its quest for a repeat state championship performance. The Wildcats will take on Danvers at 6 p.m. on Monday night on the ice of Lowell’s Tsongas Center. “It’s exciting,” said head coach Steve Scanlon. “The kids are pumped to play. The guys that have been there before, it helps a lot. It’s always a thrill to play up there.” Following last week’s drubbing of Lincoln-Sudbury, Scanlon gave his players two days off before returning to practice. After several days of practices, he gave the team one more day off on …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Wilmington High School cruised past the Warriors, 6-0, in the North Division 2 semifinal round on Monday.
The Wilmington High School boys hockey team put together what their coach close to as good as they could play during Monday's 6-0 victory over Lincoln-Sudbury in the North Division 2 semifinal. See highlights from the game, which will allow the Wildcats the chance to attempt to match their performance on Monday when they square off against Danvers in the tournament final with a spot in the state title game on the line. Are you a big fan of the Wildcats? You'll also want to see:
The Wildcats boys hockey team put together its best performance in recent memory, dominating Lincoln-Sudbury for a 6-0 win in the North Division 2 semifinal on Monday night.
Steve Scanlon has been talking for weeks about the need for his Wilmington High School boys hockey team to get scoring from somewhere besides his top line. On Monday night, the Wildcats received their scoring from just about everyone on the roster. No. 3 Wilmington throttled second-ranked Lincoln-Sudbury, 6-0, in the North Division 2 semifinal thanks to goals from six different skaters. As a result, the defending state champions find themselves preparing for the North final against Danvers. "Last year we didn't know how far we could make it," said senior Anthony Castellano. "This year, we kind of expect it. That's the goal. That's what we want to do." Castellano scored the game's first goal on a shot from the blue line that seemed to have …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Watch the highlights as the Wildcats boys hockey team fell behind 1-0 to Boston Latin before coming back to earn a 4-1 win in the North Division 2 quarterfinal on Friday night.
They've been there before. And on Friday night, it showed. The Wilmington High School boys hockey team, chocked full of veteran skaters with state championship rings to prove it, wasn't rattled when it trailed Boston Latin 1-0 in the second period of Friday night's North Division 2 quarterfinal game. Thanks to two goals from Brendan McDonough, one from Dylan DiNatale and another from Cam Owens, the team skated to a 4-1 victory to advance to the tournament semifinal Monday night at 8:10 p.m. against Lincoln-Sudbury on the ice of Chelmsford Forum. Are you a big fan of the Wildcats? You'll also want to see:
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Wilmington High School fell behind Boston Latin, 1-0, early in Friday night's game before vaulting ahead and earning a 4-1 win.
Even after a 5-2 first round win, there wasn't cause for much celebration in the Wilmington High School locker room on Tuesday night. Friday night at Stoneham Arena, however, was a different story. "Last game we won, but back in the locker room it was like a loss. Everyone was not talking, down on themselves because we knew we played bad," said McDonough. "This game, we were celebrating because it was a good game and we knew we played well. But we can always build on our game." McDonough led the Wildcats with two goals in the quarterfinal round as Wilmington erased an early 1-0 deficit and went on to a 4-1 win. After Boston Latin led into the second period, McDonough tied things up, Dylan DiNatale put the locals ahead, Cam Owens added a …