Midway through the second, Petti scored from below the endline after Young (19 saves in all) made two great saves on Quinn. The rebound trickled to Petti, however, and he slipped it into the cage for a lead the Redmen never gave up.
“We worked hard for that goal at the end of the first to give us momentum,” said Jackson. “I thought we’d come out strong in the second after that, but when they got that goal it seemed to put us back on our heels again.”
Redmen goalie Kyle Paquette (23 saves) was at his best in the second when he made 12 saves. The Headers brought big pressure from their top line of Tom Koopman, Matt Koopman and Haley in the third, and they finally broke through when Matt centered to Haley just as Young got off the ice for the extra attacker.
“We knew we really had to keep an eye on number seven (Matt Koopman) and that line was coming every other shift in the third. We had to get a little more physical with them and I thought we did,” said Doherty.
Senior captains Liam Gillis and Tom Koopman were forces for the Headers most of the way, and seniors Chris Cormier and Max DelVento had scoring chances denied last night. Erik Powers, Trevor Gelineau, Dean Fader (a beast on faceoffs), Colby Shepard and the goaltender Young are also graduating.
They helped the Headers to their fourth 17-win season in the last five years.
“The seniors in our room gave it their all,” said Jackson. “You hate to see any senior end their career with a loss, but I’m so proud of all our guys. We loved the four years we had with them.”
As a program, the Headers moved up to Division 2 North this season and equated themselves well by making the sectional final four and going toe-to-toe with an established program like Tewksbury.