Pentucket started the third period out taking advantage of the three-minute power play, tying things up again thanks to an Orlando wrap-around, assisted by Mangano.
The final three minutes of play were wild and wooly until Johnson found his mark with a minute and change left, assisted by Jared Salmon for the win.
“I thought we played well,” said Pentucket coach Bill Burns. “I thought we played well enough to win it. Unfortunately things didn’t go our way. We didn’t get the bounces. We certainly had some opportunities.”
“We gave up three goals,” said Wile. “And that’s not going to fly. We’ve got to get everyone healthy. We’ve got to get a full defense. It’s hard to count on what’s going. But we gutted it out. We went all the way to the end with Pentucket. That’s a Billy Burns coached team. They battle and battle and battle.”
With his Sachems’ backs getting closer and closer to the wall, Burns will make no excuses.
“We have four games left,” said Burns. “We’ve pretty much got to run the table to have a chance to make the tournament this season. So we’re hoping for that. We have to put this evening in our rearview mirror. We have to learn from it.”