Boston Junior Bruins
January 15, 2008
MANSFIELD TO THE RESCUE -
Scores 3 Goals in 59 Seconds to Complete Comeback;
Scores All Four
B's Goals in 4-3 Win Over Salem Ice Dogs
MARLBORO, MA-The Bruins got a four goal game from forward Justin Mansfield in their 4-3, dramatic come from behind victory over the Salem Ice Dogs on Saturday at NESC. Three of those four goals were scored in a 59 second span setting an Empire Junior Hockey League and Junior Bruins record for the quickest three goals scored.
With the B's down, 3-1, with ten minutes to play against the Salem Ice Dogs they were running short on time to salvage a win (or at least force OT). The Dogs, playing with a ton of emotion and riding the confidence that goes with a 3-1 lead late into the game, looked like they would score the upset and beat the Bruins for the first time in the three years the two programs have played each other.
That was until Mansfield donned his super man cape and came to the rescue. With 9:55 on the clock he connected on a nice feed from line mate Max Barron to bring the B's within one. Fifty seconds later the momentum completely swung to the Bruins side as Mansfield got his third of the game finishing off a Joe Pendenza play.
"We caught a big break after we tied the game," Chris Masters commented. "I said to Dan (Tatur-B's assistant coach) that I wanted to keep that line out there again because they were so hot but they were sucking wind coming back to the bench for the 'drive by' so we had to change them up. But, Salem called a time out and that let those guys get a little rest so we were able to put them right back out there."
On the ensuing face-off Mansfield ripped the puck around the left wing boards on a dump and Max Barron was the first to get to it when it wrapped around the wall to the right wing. He chipped the puck past a defensemen on the wall and then shot the puck to the net. The Salem goalie made the save but lost control of the puck. And didn't know it. With the puck having popped out and lying in the slot Mansfield made a bee line for it and, diving, poked it into the empty net for his fourth goal of the game. The clock read 8:56. Three goals in 59 second. A Bruins and Empire league record.
The Bruins held on the rest of the game and stayed atop the Empire League standings.
Over the course of a 70 game season there will be some games you don't really remember. This will not be one of them. "This was a character win for us," coach Dan Tatur said following the game. "This shows that even when we are not playing our best, or when we are on the ropes, that the guys won't give up and that they have the ability to come from behind. Big win."
On Sunday the Bruins followed up their win with another one. This time on the road at Foxboro to take on the South Shore Kings. The Bruins got out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Charles Bando, Colin Shea and Danny Federico (on the power play). The Bruins would add a Pendenza goal in the second and win, 4-2.
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