The varsity boys' hockey team saw its postseason come to an end Saturday night, as the Vineyard fell 3-1 to number three seed Medfield in the quarterfinals of the division two south section tournament, held at Asiaf Ice Arena in Brockton.
A busload of Vineyard fans, including the varsity basketball team, and dozens of Island cars made the trip up for the game. This is the the third year in a row the team has qualified for the tournament; last year, the boys fell 4-3 in overtime in the quarterfinals.
Medfield is the number three seed in the south bracket, and entered with a 15-3-3 record. The Vineyard, fresh off a 2-1 overtime win against Sandwich in the tournament's first round, held a 14-5-2 record.
After a formidable early offensive push from the Warriors, the sixth-seeded Vineyarders gained their footing and notched their only goal with five minutes remaining through the first period, as senior co-captain Brian Fraser slipped in a rebound from fellow co-captain Tyson Araujo. Sophomore goalie Wyatt Jenkinson dispatched a flurry of goals at the end of the period to stave off Medfield's attack.
Medfield kept up the pressure in the second, and Warriors junior Jack Scannel tied the game in the eighth minute. Immediately after the following faceoff, the Warriors scored again to take the lead.
The Vineyard had its lone power play of the game in the final minutes of the second but advances by Araujo, senior Andrew Carroll and junior Alexander Vukota were turned away by Medfield keeper Dan Graham.
The Warriors scored their final goal on a rebound with six minutes remaining in the game. A final push by the Vineyard in the last minute, with six attackers on the ice, came up empty.
In picture, junior Andrew Wiley races to the puck. See gallery of game pictures.