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Wilder lifts Warriors over Shamrocks

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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The Medfield High School boys varsity hockey team hosted Bishop Feehan at Pirelli Arena in Franklin on Monday for a little holiday non-conference matinee.

The Warriors (6-3-2, 3-3-2) entered off the heels of a 5-2 victory against Bellingham on January 18 and were looking to put together consecutive wins for the first time since the new year.

Following a scoreless first period, junior forward Phil Parker drew first blood for Medfield with 8:45 to play in the second, hammering home the rebound of an initial shot by Mike Vachon on a three-on-two. Just 2:15 later, however, Feehan responded with a goal following a turnover in the Medfield end, tying the game back up at one. With 2:42 to play in the period and Medfield on the power play, senior captain and forward Mike Tyer gave the Warriors back the lead by tipping home a shot from the point by junior James Wilder. Medfield took its one goal lead into the second intermission.

Senior Ben Kerivan (14) gets ready to chip a puck into the offensive zone.

Senior Ben Kerivan (14) gets ready to chip a puck into the offensive zone.

At 5:06 of the third period, Wilder earned his second point of the contest in dazzling fashion. After carrying the puck into the offensive zone, Wilder made a beautiful toe-drag move around a Feehan defender before cutting to the net and firing home a wrist shot blocker side to double Medfield’s lead to a pair at 3-1. With 4:05 to play and Medfield pressuring, junior forward Slater Franks found a loose puck at the net mouth and hammered home the dagger to put the Warriors ahead, 4-1. The clock hit zeros and Medfield came away with the three-goal victory.

Medfield will look to continue winning trend against Hopkinton on January 25, as the Warriors will look to avenge a 3-2 opening night defeat to the Hillers back on December 12.

For funny and insightful sports analysis as well as video highlights of games, follow Mike Flanagan on his personal Twitter and Instagram @flano0.

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