The Burlington boys’ hockey team knows how to celebrate a special occasion, putting forth an all-around effort to defeat host Woburn for the second time this season, 3-0, earning coach Bob Conceison his 300th career victory.
“What a great day for our team,’’ said Conseison. “Woburn is a special team to me. With 25 years [coaching] in the Middlesex League we’ve had a great rivalry.’’
Red Devils’ blue liners were solid in frustrating the playmakers for the second-ranked Tanners (7-2-1) and junior goalie Derek DeCastro stopped all 25 shots he faced for his second shutout.
“Derek had an unbelievable game, he was focused and made the saves when we needed them,’’ said Conceison. “We did the little things well tonight and that’s the type of team we can be if we play that way.’’
Joe Berardi put Burlington on the board with two minutes remaining in the first, collecting a pass from Brian Hood at the top of the left face off circle and forcing it wide side for the 1-0 lead.
The only place where the Red Devils (6-1-2) seemed to falter was on the power play, where they were unable to capitalize on a six different opportunities.
C.J. Grinnell figured things out when he created his own man-advantage situation after he was pulled down from behind on a shorthanded bid, resulting in a penalty shot.
Grinnell jumped on his chance, skated in from the right and went forehand on Jeremy Flibotte’s glove side for the 2-0 advantage.
“I used my body to get in the way of the defender and he just took me out and I got the penalty shot,’’ said Grinell. “On the penalty shot I saw he was out and I faked backhand and went forehand.’’
The final tally came late in the third period when Brett Romkey’s persistence paid off as he followed up an initial shot and whacked home the third Red Devils’ goal of the day.
“Woburn always motivates us, so to get this win is important to our season,’’ said Conceison. “I have to give all the credit in the world to my kids. They played so hard and so disciplined and that’s what we asked them to do.’’
“I didn’t know about the 300th win until halfway through the game,’’ said Grinnell. “We played hard and it felt great, especially beating them for the second time.’’