Every championship team has a story within a story
and the Marshfield High School hockey team is no exception.
Marshfield won the
Division I State Title at the Garden this year but not without a great deal of
anguish as well as plenty of blood, sweat and tears - and I mean that literally.
Marshfield had taken a 1-0 lead on Wakefield early in the second period. Midway
through that period junior Chris Perry had his right thigh accidentally slashed
by a Wakefield players skate. The game was halted as Perry was treated then
lifted onto a stretcher and taken off the ice to Mass General.
"When Chris went
down, it took our legs right out from under us," admitted teammate Pat Cull. "We
were down and looking around at one another." During Perry's absence
Wakefield took control, scoring a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead into the
final period. Perry was not only a solid player, he had delivered an emotional
pregame speech in the locker room.
"I usually memorize it, but because it was
such a big game it was a little bit longer than usual so I had to write it
down," Perry told me later.
Although in pain, Perry was aware of what was
happening back at the Garden.
"I told me sister to keep me updated. She texted
and told me we were losing. I didn't care about my leg, all I wanted was a
Perry got his wish for Marshfield tied the game with three and a
half minutes left and Mike Carbone made it 3-2 Marshfield with 1:31 remaining.
There was a timeout after Carbone's goal and every Marshfield player went over
to the bench and rubbed Chris's jersey #11.
"We remembered his speech and what
he meant to this team. We weren't about to let him down in the final minute and
a half," said captain Jon Fraser.
Marshfield did hang on to win 3-2.
"Right as I
was going into surgery my dad texted me the final score and a picture of all the
guys with the trophy. I felt awesome, it was all I wanted," beamed Perry.
would take a total of 90 stitches to close the wound in his thigh. Chris Perry
is limping a bit now but his smile is priceless as he grips the state
championship trophy that he helped earn by being Ram