Woburn actually carried play for the first four minutes of the opening period before the Eagles finally woke up. Jack McCarthy fed Tyler Bird in the slot from behind the net, and Bird calmly waited for Flibotte to drop into the butterfly before he tucked the puck inside the right post.
Then, the Prep’s fourth line got into the action when a nice piece of forechecking by Paul Crehan led to the team’s second goal of the period. Crehan barreled into the corner, bumped the Woburn defender off the puck and then quickly fired a pass to Justin Longo in the high slot. Longo’s shot somehow trickled through Flibotte, and an opportunistic Cam Shaheen banged it into the back of the net.
Longo then made it 3-0 in the second period when he took a quick wrist shot from the left side that snuck just under Flibotte’s glove as the Tanner goalie was screened briefly by his own defenseman. Hanson had stressed in between periods that the Eagles put the puck on net as his team missed a number of chances trying to make one-too-many passes or trying to pick a corner.
“I think our guys sometimes try to be a little bit too fancy, too cute with the puck instead of just driving to the net and going for the rebound,” Hanson said. “It doesn’t have to be a highlight reel goal every time you score. Shoot the puck and get the puck on net, and that (Longo’s goal) is a perfect example of it. Just shoot the puck — I couldn’t stress that enough to these kids.”
The game seemed out of reach for Woburn considering how badly the Tanners were being outskated five-on-five. But a lack of discipline by the Eagles both in getting three-second period penalties and then a lack of discipline on the penalty kill led to a pair of Woburn goals.