By Josh Schafer, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter
BROCKTON, Mass, – Mansfield started strong, but could not but could not keep up with Brockton’s offense on Saturday night. Korey scored a hat trick and added two assists to lead the Boxers to a 6-2 win over Mansfield.
Mansfield opened the scoring with a breakaway goal mid-way through the first period. After the puck slipped by a Brockton defenseman at the point in the Mansfield zone, Pat Graham pounced on the loose puck and finished with a wrist shot goal to provide the Hornets with an early one score lead.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, Brockton was quick to answer with a goal of their own. After a holding call on Mansfield put the Boxers on the power play, junior Korey Paul fired a rocket from the point which tied the game 1-1. Mansfield finished the period strong with numerous scoring chances denied by Brockton goaltender Adam Stagnone, who finished the night with 23 saves.
The second period began with a bang. After a costly turnover in their own zone led to a Brockton goal just 50 seconds into the period, Mansfield was able to regroup and find success on their own power play.
Mansfield’s Pat Sunderland found the net off a rebound shot from Matt Farragher in front of the Brockton net to tie the game 2-2. However, the Hornets success was short lived as they once again gave Brockton a man advantage opportunity, which the Boxers converted on with a goal from Anthony Paull off a rebound.
Mansfield coach Rick Anastos highlighted postgame that his team made too many mistakes to win.
The mistakes continued for the Hornets as they went on the penalty kick which led to a third goal for Brockton’s Korey Paull and a two goal Boxer lead.
But Mansfield did not allow the goal to hinder their offensive pressure as the Hornets continued to harass the Stagnone with numerous scoring chances. Farragher and Sunderland led the charge with consecutive scoring chances in an attempt to bring their team within striking distance.
Mansfield goaltender Anthony Visconti (18 saves) came up with a huge glove save as the clock winded down in the 2nd period to keep the deficit at two. Anastos gave praise to Visconti saying, “he played well for us tonight,” indicating the final score did not tell the story of his goalie’s performance.
The third period was all Brockton as the Boxers scored two goals in the final frame to cement a 6-2 victory over the Hornets. Mansfield (1-5-2, 1-1) will look to get back on track in a game against Kelley-Rex rival Franklin on Wednesday.
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