CANTON, Mass. — There was no love lost between Thayer and Rivers when the two schools met at the Canton Sportsplex on Friday evening.
Jack Murphy’s game-winning goal with 11:48 to play in the third period was the difference in a 3-1 Thayer victory that included a last second empty net goal. Sophomore C.J. Monturio scored in the first period and Nolan Fitzpatrick put the game away with nine seconds to go.
Junior goaltender Gavin Fitzpatrick picked up the win. The Norwood, Mass., native has given up just two goals in two games, both victories for the 2-0 Tigers. The Red Wings dropped to 1-1 on the young season.
It was a very chippy game that included a significant injury and an ejection. The game was poorly officiated with the referees and linesman mixing up hybrid icing, obvious penalties, and offsides. The trio were seemingly unaware of some basic rules of hockey and were intimidated by the screaming and yelling of Thayer head coach Tony Amonte and Rivers head coach Shawn McEachern.