Another Valine Victory: Senior Scores In OT To Send Nauset To State Quarterfinals
By: Brad Joyal
Topics: Hockey , Nauset Regional High School
ORLEANS – There’s something about tense moments that bring the best out of Logan Valine.
One year after Valine netted the overtime goal in Nauset’s first-round victory over North Middlesex in last year’s Division 3 boys hockey state tournament, the senior forward from Harwich dialed up more heroics to clinch another postseason win at Charles Moore Arena.
Valine scored the game-winner in Saturday’s 3-2 win over No. 13 Hopedale-Milford to propel fourth-seeded Nauset (17-5) into a state quarterfinals matchup against fifth-seeded Watertown (13-6-3) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday back at CMA.
“The whole time I was getting flashbacks to last year when we had a tied game going into double-overtime,” said Valine. “I just saw where the goalie was and saw [the puck] go in. It feels awesome.”
Sophomore forward Logan Poulin scored two goals, including one that gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead and sent the packed rink into a frenzy just 18 seconds into the contest. After Brady Butler scored the equalizer for Hopedale-Milford, Poulin, a Truro resident, buried his second of the game — and 28th of the season — to regain control for Nauset with 8:27 remaining in the third period.
After H-M junior Sean McGee tied the game at 2 with 4:01 remaining, the Raiders ended regulation with a power play after Poulin was called for a two-minute hooking penalty with 1:26 left in the game. The Warriors killed the penalty to end regulation before Valine scored his 11th goal of the season to seal the victory in overtime.
“That’s playoff hockey in a nutshell, I guess,” first-year Nauset coach Connor Brickley said. “It’s great leadership by Logan Valine; that’s two years in a row that he’s been the overtime hero — he’s ready for big games and it’s great to see from a senior.
“You’re going to get what you’re going to get from Logan Poulin each and every game. It’s really just a waiting game to see what teams are going to try to take him away.”
Poulin credited the raucous crowd for giving Nauset a boost. The rink was full of students, thanks in large part to Brickley, who purchased 90 student tickets (valued at $6.25 each) that were given out to students free at the door.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played in front of that type of crowd,” Poulin said. “Coach Brickley buying 90 tickets for the students — I mean, you don’t get a better coach than that.”
The first-year coach said he wanted to help simplify the online-purchasing process for students to attend the game.
“We’re trying to change the culture here,” Brickley said. “It’s not that hard to log on the phone (and buy tickets), but I thought it would make it easier and make it a fun event and help people fill up the stands and make great memories. That’s what it’s all about.”
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