Triton’s feeling of euphoria with a late three-goal lead in the state championship game was almost immediately replaced with panic as Westwood roared back to score two late goals. Just like that, Triton’s lead was just one with 3:42 remaining.
Vast offensive production quickly transitioned to overwhelming defensive play by Kohan’s team. The Vikings would go on to withstand Westwood’s final attack behind strong team defense and great goal tending by Jackson Irving.
“It was nice for the kids to win a close game like that, but it was more emotional of a game than it probably should have been,” Kohan said. “It was a long weekend. The tournament itself went from Friday to Sunday and we played five games in three days so the kids were very spent emotionally and physically. They are still pretty high from the win right now.”
While Triton is now the best Squirt AAA hockey team in Massachusetts, they’re also ranked nationally at number 140 of over 600 teams.
As if that wasn’t enough, all 13 players from the team will be returning to the program next year – something that Kohan credits to the fun the kids had this season.
“At the end of the year, there are always questions about who’s coming back and who’s leaving,” he said. “But I know for a fact that all the kids from this year are returning next year, which is great. It goes to show that both them and their parents had an amazing year with the program and are excited to come back for more.”
The Triton Squirt hockey team includes: Cam Murray, Cam Tinkham, Cole Daniels, Brady Lindholm, Cael Kohan, Jack Wile, Matt Egan, Ryan Lindholm, Trevor Quigley, Ben Rennick, Jackson Irving, Trever Sabatino, and James Tatro. The Vikings were coached by head coach Paul Kohan, and assistant coaches Ken Daniels, Jim Egan, Bruce Irving, Jon Lindholm and team manager Steve Tatro.