By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Families and friends bundled up at Chase Arena Friday afternoon to watch a thrilling match-up between the Walpole Timberwolves JV boys hockey team, and the Natick RedHawks. The Timberwolves chased down the RedHawks to earn themselves a 2-1 win for the early evening.
The Timberwolves struck first early in the competition when the sophomore forward Austin Hollander snuck past the RedHawks and slung the puck to the back of the net. With 10:12 left of the first period, the Timberwolves made it known they were not going to let up the energy anytime soon.
The RedHawks flew back onto the ice in the second period, however, charged with energy and eager for the puck. As both teams launched shots against each other in rapid fire, the RedHawks were finally on the board near the end of the period. Robert Midura of the RedHawks found the perfect moment to sneak past the Timberwolves’ defense and earn a goal for Natick with 2:16 left in the second.
It wasn’t enough to put a halt to the Timberwolves’ action on the ice, however.
With running time on the clock, the Walpole boys dominated the third period, focusing on possession of the puck to get into position to score. Luckily, Timberwolves freshman forward Michael Connors didn’t hesitate to find that shot — he propelled the puck into the net at 5:31, leading the Timberwolves to win the competition for the evening.
After coming from a recent loss, the Timberwolves’ head junior varsity coach, Bob Huxley, was pleased to get shots on the net and to take home a win.
“I think the guys worked hard today, skated fast, and we moved the puck a lot better today,” said Huxley. “We are looking to improve with more shots on net and rebounds; moving forward, that’s our primary goal.”