Chelmsford High School Lions Captain Drew Dawson netted a hat trick last night as the Lions ran over the Tewksbury Redmen in the boys varsity ice hockey home opener. The final score was 7-2.
The Lions exploded in the first period with Dawson finding the back of the Redmen net first at the 5:31 mark and again one minute and 45 seconds lafter. Both Dawson's goals were assisted by Tommy Bishop and Danny Ferri.
Bishop netted his own goal with two minutes and seven seconds left in the first period. The Redmen were quick to answer with their first point on the board when Captain David Petti put a puck past Lions netminder Derek Noble. But Danny Ferri battled back for the Lions and netted a goal from Tommy Bishop and Jon Fairbanks with 30 seconds to go in the period. The first period ended 4-1 in favor of the Lions.
During the second period, the Redmen were unable to capitalize on a power play after Lion Mike DeDonato was called for holding. The Redmen battled but could not put a point on the board, leaving the second period scoreless.
The Lions came back in the third period and again controlled play as DeDonato put a puck past Redmen goaltender Kyle Paquette, assisted by Jesse Lye.
The Redmen answered as Petti netted another goal on Noble, but it was not enough to stop the Lions' rout. Bishop scored his second goal of the night on Paquette and Dawson would secure the win - and his hat trick - with another goal late in the third period.
The Lions will play Andover High School on Dec. 15 and Westford Academy on Dec. 19 before hosting their first home game against Waltham on Dec. 22.