Glastonbury Earns Crucial Comeback Win Over East Catholic

Glastonbury hockey earned a huge win this past Wednesday at home, rallying from a 2-1 deficit late to defeat rival East Catholic 3-2.

Despite falling behind early in the third quarter, the Tomahawks maintained their composure and continued to play with energy. Their effort finally paid off with 3:06 remaining when Tyler MacLean beat Jack Smith low on a breakaway.

After tying the game, Glastonbury had intention of going to overtime, and defenseman Carter Henderson made that a reality. After receiving a crisp pass from Zach Mcgrail, Henderson beat Smith on his left to earn Glastonbury one of its most important wins of the season.

With the win, the Tomahawks improved to 11-3-1 overall and 6-2 in the CCC North. Their triumph knocked the Eagles out of the running for a conference championship.

“This was a really great win and showed the character of this team. We came from behind to beat the team that we have just not figured out in the last few years,” head coach Ken Barse said.

The game started off well for Glastonbury, as they held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first. After a few minutes of exciting back and forth play, the Tomahawks got on the board when Mcgrail scored at the 6:50 mark off a pass from Logan Underwood. They continued to play well through the remainder of the quarter, particularly on defense. Its physicality made it difficult for East Catholic to move the puck and obtain good scoring opportunities.

The second quarter followed a different path. The Eagles immediately got a few shots off against Kyle Thibodeaux that he was forced to make challenging saves on. Jake McCarthy eventually converted just over four minutes into the period, beating Thibodeaux to his left off a pass from Alex Manner. While the game remained tied throughout the remainder of the period, the Glastonbury defense was consistently being challenged, especially when East Catholic had the power play. Meanwhile, the offense struggled with its passing and shooting, only occasionally challenging the Eagles.

“We got a little two emotional in the 2nd period and strayed from our game plan,” Barse said. “We really got out-battled in the 2nd, and the discussion between periods was about winning the battle and wanting it more.”

Things continued to go in the wrong direction for the Tomahawks early in the third.  Lee Munson gave East Catholic the lead four minutes in when he smashed the puck past Thibodeaux (McCarthy earned an assist on the play). Just when it looked like Glastonbury was in danger of losing to their rivals for the second time this season, it dug in and amped up its energy.

“After we fell behind, I could see that we were not laying down and we really started to play our game and take it to them,” Barse said.

Following Munson’s goal, the Tomahawks offense became more aggressive and visibly did a better job of communicating with one another. The defense matched their effort and did a particularly strong job of guarding the Eagles forwards one on one. Eventually, McLean and Henderson did their thing.

“In the final 7 minutes, we turned it up and played some of our best hockey to date,” Barse said. “After Tyler scored, he came over to me and said “don’t worry, we’re not going to OT, we’re winning this thing right now. 90 seconds later, Tyler, Mcgrail and Adam Yaeger put together one of our best touch plays of the year, leading to Carter’s winning goal.”

Thibodeaux had his typical strong match, blocking 21 shots and making a number of impressive saves. He made a series of clutch saves following East Catholic’s go-ahead goal.

Glastonbury will host Simsbury on Wednesday night at Trinity College. Simsbury is second in the conference,and defeating them would give the Tomahawks an edge in the race for first place .

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