Medford lost the GBL title in a disappointing game against Somerville on February 6, 2013. In a disappointing run, the Mustangs dropped after a scoreless first period, heading in a direction that they didn’t want to go in. Brian Whooley, a key defenseman for the Mustangs, was concussed in the first, leaving Medford with one man out.
The second period was hard fought, but in the end, Somerville owned it. With just under five minutes to go, Somerville puts themselves ahead by one goal. With 46 seconds left, they extend their lead to two goals, leaving the Mustangs playing catch-up in the final period of play.
However, the Mustangs couldn’t exactly get the puck where they wanted it to go. At 6:11 of the period, Somerville increased their lead to three goals, leaving the Mustangs in the dust. Medford tries to revive themselves, but it comes just a little too late, Ross Watson scores a goal to keep the Mustangs in the game, assisted by Jake Porazzo and Sean Allen. With just 3:21 to go in the game, the Mustang’s pulled their goalie in hopes that an extra attacker could get them back in the game. With an empty net goal, Somerville sealed their GBL title for 2013.
Coach DiBenedictis said he was “extremely disappointed” to lose this game, but that he “had to give it to the Somerville kids.” The Mustangs were simply outplayed and couldn’t play the way they needed to play. With wasted energy and inefficient puck handling, the Mustangs could not make the plays Somerville was making. He was proud of his team, but disappointed in the outcome.