Warriors end seven-game slide with 8-4 triumph
Published in the February 3, 2016 edition
LOWELL — Playing outside the Middlesex League made all the difference in the world for the Warrior boys’ hockey team.
Wakefield snapped a seven-game losing streak as it blasted Lowell by an 8-4 score last night in a non-league game at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.
The Warriors increased their record to 4-8-2 overall and are 1-9-1 in the M.L. Freedom division.
The win didn’t come easy for Wakefield as it took a 3-0 lead after one period only to let the Red Raiders right back into the game with a three goal second period. But the Warriors lit the lamp five times in the third period to emerge with the triumph.
Senior forward Steve Marino and junior forward Braeden Langlois each scored three goals to lead the Wakefield offense. Langlois also had an assist for a four point night.
Junior forward PJ Iannuzzi had a two goal effort and had an assist as well.
Senior defenseman Dylan Melanson had three assists, junior forward Sean McNall had two assists and both junior forward David Melanson and sophomore defenseman Ryan Chambers both had one assist.
Senior captain Ben Yandell played in goal for the Warriors.
Iannuzzi got Wakefield on the scoreboard at 3:06 of the first period with Langlois assisting on the goal.
Langlois then scored with McNall earning the assist at 9:38 to make the score 2-0.
Iannuzzi had his second goal of the period as he fired a puck by Lowell goalie Patrick Cote at 11:59 with McNall and Dylan Melanson assisting on the goal as the visitors led 3-0 at the first intermission.
Lowell (2-9-3 overall) stormed back with three goals in the second period.
Seventh grade forward Shawn Spring scored at 2:50 to get on the scoreboard. Freshman forward Andrew Kotsifas and freshman forward Tom Hassett assisted on the goal.
Hassett scored an unassisted goal at 4:20 to cut the lead to 3-2.
Lowell tied the game at 3-3 at 13:16. Junior forward Connor Barter scored on a pass from junior forward Casey Sheehy.
Wakefield regrouped after the second intermission and scored three more goals to take a 6-3 lead. After Lowell’s fourth score, the Warriors added two more goals for the 8-4 final.
Marino scored back-to-back goals at 3:35 and 6:35. Dylan Melanson assisted on the first goal and David Melanson assisted on the second goal.
Langlois scored his second goal of the night at 8:19 with Iannuzzi and Chambers earning the assists.
Lowell ended the string of goals as Hassett scored on a pass from Sheehy at 8:48.
The Warriors tallied two more goals at 10:17 and 12:30 with Langlois and Marino earning their hat tricks. Langlois’ third goal was unassisted and Dylan Melanson assisted on Marino’s final goal.
Wakefield will try to earn its first league win since the season opener when it takes on Wilmington tonight at 5:20 p.m. at the Kasabuski Arena.
At Tsongas Arena, Lowell
WAKEFIELD…….3 0 5 — 8
Lowell……………..0 3 1 — 4
First Period — Wak, Iannuzzi (Langlois) 3:06. Wak, Langois (McNall) 9:38. Wak, Iannuzzi (McNall, Dy.Melanson) 11:59.
Second Period — Low, Spring (Kotsifas, Hassett) 2:50. Low, Hassett (un.) 4:20. Low, Barter (Sheehy) 13:16.
Third Period — Wak, Marino (Dy.Melanson) 4:35. Wak, Marino (Da.Melanson) 6:15. Wak, Langlois (Iannuzzi, Chambers) 8:19. Low, Hassett (Sheehy) 8:48. Wak, Langlois (un.) 10:17. Wak, Marino (Dy.Melanson) 12:30.
Goalies — Wak, Yandell. Low, Cote.