NORTH BILLERICA — All the Marblehead High hockey team needed last night was a chance.
Freshman Braden Haley’s goal with 1:14 left in regulation gave them that chance, making their Division 2 North semifinal with Tewskbury a one goal game.
The Redmen didn’t give the Headers any room to cash in on that chance, holding on for a 3-2 win at Chelmsford Forum.
Tewksbury (17-3-2) controlled the puck for most of the final 74 seconds, though Marblehead did have an offensive zone faceoff with goalie Harrison Young pulled for an extra attacker with only 1.4 seconds on the clock.
The Headers, who won the majority of the faceoffs throughout the night, couldn’t win the final one cleanly and saw their season end at 18-6-1.
“With 1:14 left on the clock, I thought we might have a shot at it,” Marblehead coach Bobby Jackson said. “Tewksbury is a very disciplined team and they played their positions. They didn’t allow us to regroup and get our goalie pulled again.”
The last sequence was a microcosm of the game, which saw the Headers control possession for stretches of time. Tewksbury almost always had a stick or skate in the passing lanes, however, and Marblehead was unable to turn possession into quality scoring chances.
To compound that, the Redmen scored each of their three goals thanks part to rushing counter attacks. Tewksbury’s top line of Colin Quinn (goal, two assists), Ryan Petti (goal, two assists) and Jack Cash (goal, assist) did the bulk of the damage.
Cash’s rebound goal gave Tewksbury a 1-0 lead with 1:50 to go in the first, but Marblehead’s Tim Kalinowski flipped home an Erik Powers rebound with only one second left on the clock to tie it up after 15 minutes.
“It was a chess match to begin, and after Marblehead got that late goal we told our guys to stay the course, and if we play our system we’ll be fine,” said Tewksbury coach Derek Doherty, who team is 17-3-2 and faces Beverly in the Division 2 North final next Monday at Tsongas Arena.