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Cam Woodward and the rest of the Greenfield High School hockey team showed they are ready for the Western Mass. Division IIIA tournament in their season finale on Friday night.
Woodward recorded his first career hat trick and the Green Wave finished off its season with a 7-3 independent victory over Mt. Everett Regional High School at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Fay-Wright Division champion Green Wave finished the second 17-1-2 overall and should be one of the favorites to win the postseason tournament. While it could have meant for a letdown for the Green Wave in the regular season finale, the team showed no signs, as it celebrated senior night with a convincing win.
“We were solid offensively,” Greenfield coach Mike Duclos, who is retiring after the season, said. “(Mt. Everett goalie Jonah) Swotes played really well for them. I’m happy with what I saw tonight going forward into the tournament. Everyone is healthy, everyone is back, and hopefully we keep it rolling.”
The teams each traded goals in the first period but Greenfield took control in the second with three goals. Aaron Norton got the Eagles on the board first with a goal 4:17 into the game, but Jake Elwell scored an unassisted goal later in the frame to tie things up at 1-1. In the second, Woodward struck just 58 seconds in on a feed from Jourdan York-Welcome, and the two hooked up again for Woodward’s second of the night five minutes later to put Greenfield up 3-1. Jacob Malicky got one goal back for Mt. Everett, but Zach Langlois scored an unassisted goal with 5:32 left in the second period for a 4-2 advantage.
The Green Wave put things out of reach in the third peirod. Langlois scored his second of the game and 20th of the season just 25 seconds in on assists from Elwell and York-Welcome, and Tyler Townsley potted his sixth of the season 6:14 in on an assist from Woodward. Andrew Wells got the third goal of the game for Mt. Everett with seven minutes left in the game, and Woodward, who wears No. 14, ironically completed his hat trick at 14:14 of the third period on assists from York-Welcome and Langlois. Woodward finished the season with nine goals and 16 assists.
“He played spot on,” Duclos said of Woodward. “It was senior night and the seniors played great. Plus, two of Cam’s goals came on the power play, which was 2-for-3, and was really great tonight.”
The four-assist night for York-Welcome left the Green Wave senior with 28 goals and 22 assists for 50 points, including 97 in his career, while Elwell’s two points left him with 23 goals and 14 assists this season.
Barrett Rogaleski finished the game with 16 saves and wound up with 484 stops this season. Swotes stopped 31 shots in the loss.
Greenfield learns its tournament fate this morning at 9 a.m. at the hockey seeding meeting.