WHITEFIELD — In dramatic style, the White Mountains Regional boys with just 10 players trailed 3-0 and came back to defeat Prospect Mountain, 5-4 on Friday.
The game-winner came on the only corner for the Regional and Silas Southworth delivered it to the six where Brayden White scissor-kicked it in with a minute and one second left.
Southworth scored a goal and four assists and linked up with Nick Travers on his hat trick. Sam Heyliger, playing in the midfield for the first time, won the balls that led to two goals.
WMR coach Doug Kilby called it the greatest win he’s ever coached. “These 10 guys put effort, effort, effort in and never quit. They played like a team even though they had no subs. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of those 10 guys. Two of those had very limited playing time.”
PM came in at 3-1-1 and WMR at 3-3 and the visitors took the lead 10 minutes in via Caden Dore. Then added a second goal with eight minutes to break by Hunter Arsenault. Travers with his speed and Silas on a direct forced the PM goalie to make three big saves.
The third goal for PM came 10 minutes into the second half, by Carter Dore on a penalty kick. The tide started to turn four minutes later, on a low hard penalty kick by Silas and six minutes later, Silas sent it to Travers on the 18 for a breakaway that closed the gap to 3-2. Another five minutes and Silas assisted Travers again to fill an open net and even the score at 3-3. A third setup by Silas to Travers gave the Spartans the lead, 4-3 with 13:41 left.
Michael Gooden was busy for 17 saves, 11 in the second half, and Nick Clark had 16 stops with 10 in the second half. Kevin Schanlaber was a one-man army on the defensive line and launched some deadly direct kicks.
The Timberwolves pulled even with about two minutes left as Carter Dore struck his second goal on a direct outside the six. The Spartan 10 pulled out all the stops and on that one corner by Silas, Brayden White saved the day. Travers showcased his speed and put the Spartans in a position to win. All heart and hustle did the rest for the WMR 10 on this day.
Next for the 4-3 Spartans is a Tuesday trip to Colebrook before a return to full force for Homecoming Saturday with Berlin.