DUXBURY SNEAKS BY BILLERICA IN AN OVERTIME CLASSIC
Story by Mike Abelson (@ABELS0N)
DUXBURY — In what might be the clubhouse leader for game of the year, Duxbury and Billerica tore it up on the turf at Chandler Field under rainy, gray skies.
Three goals in the final minute of regulation forced overtime, and it was Bobby Maimaron who had the final say as he sprinted around the back of the cage and bounced one low past Tyler Canto to give the Dragons an 11-10 victory.
“I picked the ball up and went behind and I got covered the first time around so we spun the ball around and got it back to me,” Maimaron said. “Then i just went to hole, put it through Canto’s legs. He had a great game.”
Maimaron’s heroics almost never happend because everyone in attendance thought he had already won the game. After Billerica’s Jeff Trainor rocketed home a goal with 51 seconds left, to tie it at nine, Maimaron had, what most thought was, his glory moment. After collecting the ball of the backup Maimaron dodge from X and spun in front of cage and ripped one home with nine seconds left.
The only man who thought it wasn’t over was Billerica’s Dean Brooks. Brooks won the ensuing faceoff, bulldozed over, and through, any Dragon that got near him and fired home a goal with a second to go in regulation to force the OT.
Brooks’ goal capped a bonkers fourth quarter that saw nine players score and saw neither team get further than one goal ahead.
“Dean and Jeff are playmakers,” Billerica coach Craig Flynn said. “Dean made a miraculous play at the end of the fourth quarter to just the tie game up and send it to overtime. We felt good about our chances into overtime.”
What put a damper on a marvelous game was penalties. Each team had multi-minute, locked-in penalties and the final penalty count registered north of 20 minutes. At one point Duxbury had a five-on-four advantage.
Despite this, there were only three goals scored on the man-up, all by Billerica, as both teams’ defensive corps were up to the task. Both goalies delivered as well. Canto made nine saves for the Indians and Brady Burke made eight saves for Duxbury.
“Burke out of his mind again, and our poles are so good,” Duxbury’s Riley Bergstrom said. “[Billerica has] some unbelievable shooters so to hold them to just 10 goals is amazing.”
Bergstrom led all scorers with four goals. Trainor, Drew Laundry, and Dan Caniff each had two goals for the Indians.
Billerica ran out early to a 5-2 lead after a quarter, but then the penalty bug hit them. The Indians would go scorelss in the second and third quarters, and by the time Gus Gobiel broke the scoreless drought in the fourth it was tied at six.
Bergstrom had three of his goals during the middle two quarters.
“This is one of the games that we circle on our calendar because they’re a great team,” Bergstrom said. “Them coming down, and getting a hot start, I think really shook us up after the loss agaisnt Xaverian. So i think to come out, and get a win over a great team, not only helps us in the short run but also helps us in the long run when it comes to playoffs.”