Maercklein finished and ignited another Swampscott yard sale on the ice.
“It was great patience by Corey on the play. All I had to do was touch it in,” said Maercklein. “I didn’t even know what to do. I was shocked, but it was the best feeling.”
With the win, the best season in Swamspcott hockey history continues Sunday at TD Garden. The Big Blue will face the winner tonight’s Wachusett/Westfield semifinal for the Division 3 state title.
“I know we have a big senior class and I wanted more than anything to get those guys a chance to play at the Garden,” said Maercklein. “Somehow, we always end up scoring these big goals in the end.”
Medway (19-3-3) threw everything it had at Swampscott, physically, and hit two posts before taking a 1-0 lead with just 44 second left in the second period when Jack Kitty scored. Medway outshot the Big Blue 12-4 in the middle period and the North chamions were on their heels.
That all changed when Swampscott went on the power play early in the third, and Nunzio Morretti scored on a centering feed to tie it up. Just 3:58 later, the Big Blue got another power play tally, this one when Maercklein poked home a Massey rebound.
The South champs battled back, tying it 2-2 on Josh O’Toole’s marker with 4:29 to go.
On the next shift, Carmody got the puck in his own end and embarked an an odyssey up the ice. Gathering speed, he beat a defender inside the blue line, spun around another, and finished to make it 3-2 just 28 seconds after Medway tied it.
“He’s been unbelievable for us all year long. He’s been out go to guy,” said Faia.
With their goalie pulled, Medway struck again with just 58 seconds standing between Swampscott and the win. In all, the teams combined for five goals in a wild final 10 minutes.