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FRAMINGHAM – The co-ed team defeated Worcester in a physical match-up at the Northstar Arena in front of a packed house on Friday night. 

After a slow start, the Broncos came to life in the second period. Worcester had netted two early goals and seemed to be ready to walk away with it, but Keefe Tech answered back starting with a greasy hard-work goal, in traffic, scored by Freshman Austin Dobson on an assist from Sophomore Chris Anastos. 

“We were frustrated for sure,” said first year Head Coach Mike Clark. “After that sloppy first period, the message was simple. Stop with the negative, start supporting each other, and get back to playing the style of hockey that has worked for us all season. ‘Work together” has been a key to success for us. From there, our leadership group really stepped up and got us going.”

Dobson’s goal was the start of the sea-change Keefe was looking for. 

Early in the third, Anastos rang the bell again with a strong shot on a beautiful pass from Senior Captain Aiden Boiven to tie it up. 

The Worcester crowd was not to be quieted, but the Keefe Tech team kept the pressure on playing strong, smart, and physical hockey. 

Casey Horrigan was unbeatable in net after that, stopping 22 shots on the night. 

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With just over 7 minutes to go, Freshman Zeke Bogosian netted a beauty on an assist from Senior Jacob Shore.  

“Our freshmen have played so well for us,” said Clark. “It was great to see Zeke, who played some great hockey tonight, get a huge one to even it up. Worcester was all over Jake Shore tonight and he kept his cool. Once they targeted him, I knew he’d see the open player and make a big time play.”

Keefe’s defense, lead by Assistant Captain Junior Charlie Walls and Freshman Max Desautelle gave Worcester no chances as they broke up critical breakaways and successfully killed two penalties.   The versatility of the Keefe Team was something Worcster was not prepared for as Seniors Cooper Serocki and Jacob Shore both moved into different positions and swapped lines as needed.  

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“Cooper is just such a positive kid and a skilled player, you can’t keep him down,” said Clark “There’s no player you’d rather have on the ice killing penalties than Cooper. And the positivity from him just feeds into our group and gives us such a boost- you can’t replicate it.”

Thee Worcester bench was feeling the pressure and was issued a bench minor penalty, their first of the game, shortly after Bogosiaan’s goal.  With tension riding high, the Keefe team kept their composure under the strong leadership and level headed play of their seniors and leaders, was able to seal the deal with an unassisted top-shelf ripper from Assistant Captain Junior Stephen Walls.  

The Keefe Tech Broncos will face the Hopedale/Milford squad on Saturday (February 25) in the finals.  Puck drops at 5:30 p.m. at Northstar Ice Sports in Westboro.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.