Indians turn back St. Mary, 5-3

Turners Falls High School scored three times in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and wrap up the regular season with a 5-3 Wright Division victory over St. Mary High School Friday at Amelia Park Arena in Westfield.

The Indians (10-8-2 overall, 6-4-0) ended the season on a three-game winning streak to secure a postseason berth. The team finished third in the Wright Division and will find out its seed in the upcoming WMass Division IIIA Tournament this morning at 9 when the seeding committee meets at the Dante Club in West Springfield.

St. Mary (5-12-3) did not make things easy on the Indians. The teams traded goals in each of the first two periods, and St. Mary actually took leads in both periods. Andrew Booth gave the Saints a 1-0 lead in the first, but Brandon Lenois came back to tie the game before the end of the period. St. Mary again went up in the second period, but Turners Falls tied the score and then netted three goals in the third to put the game away. Turners coach Kevin Brennan said that he was pleased with his team’s performance, especially considering that it was their fourth game in seven days.

“Our guys really came on in the third period and that’s a testament to their conditioning,” the coach said.

Lenois scored a pair of goals to give him eight on the season. Cody Booska wrapped up the area scoring title with one goal and two assists. He entered the game tied with teammate Trevor Peduzzi at 41 points. Booska finished the season with 21 goals and 23 assists. Peduzzi finished three points back with 23 goals and 18 assists. Booska now has points in four straight games, and 13 of the past 14 games.

Jordan Cutting tallied one goal and one assist in the win for the Indians, giving him five points in his past three games and earning praise from his coach.

“That was the best game Jordan has ever played in a Turners Falls jersey,” the coach beamed.

Tim Atkins added one goal and one assist for Turners Falls and finished the season on a four-game point streak, with eight points in that span. Atkins ended the season with seven goals and 14 assists. Brandon Bryant stopped 22 shots to earn the win.

Andrew Booth, Ashton Bourbonnais and Charlie White each scored for St. Mary, while Matt Wurster and Jake Nielson each picked up one assist. Zach Brown turned aside 32 shots in the loss.

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