By Greg Phipps
Trailing 3-1 early in the third period, the Saugus Sachems scored three consecutive goals but couldn’t hold a late advantage in an eventual 4-4 tie against the Medford Mustangs on Saturday at Kasabuski Memorial Rink. The visitors tallied in the final minute to force the deadlock after Saugus had battled back from a two-goal deficit. Scores by Nick Aiken, Dante McGrane and Adam Rodrigues put the Sachems up 4-3 before the Mustangs evened it shortly after Saugus had taken the lead in the waning minutes.
Saturday’s result left Saugus at 3-2-3 (1-0-2 in the Northeastern Conference) for the season and needing 11 more points to secure a playoff spot. The Sachems traveled to Salem State University to take on conference foe Marblehead on Wednesday and host Danvers in a tough league test on Saturday at Kasabuski.
Against Medford, Lorenzo Keegan scored off an assist from McGrane to give Saugus a short-lived 1-0 edge in the first period. Medford tied it minutes later and took a 2-1 advantage with the lone score of the second period. The Mustangs increased their lead to two goals early in the final stanza before the hosts fought back with three straight tallies.
Earlier last week, Saugus earned its third victory of the season by rolling to a 7-1 win at Peabody. Adam Rodrigues scored three times for his first-ever varsity hat trick while Massey Ventre and Aiken each collected their first career varsity goals. McGrane and Ronnie Paolo added the other tallies, as the Sachems had outscored their opponents by a combined 12-1 margin in their three victories.
Saugus had also gone 2-0-1 in their last three games heading into Wednesday’s tilt at Marblehead.