Twice, the Acton-Boxborough boys hockey team found itself trailing against Westford Academy on Saturday, Jan. 13 and twice the Colonials came back to tie the score.

A-B briefly took the lead in the third period, but Westford came back, tied the score, regained the lead and added an empty-net goal for a 7-5 victory at the Nashoba Valley Olympia.

“We’ve been working a lot on mental training and dealing with adversity,” said A-B coach Kevin Richardson. “”We fought hard to come back but we made some mistakes that hurt us.”

The third period began with the score tied at 3. After the Ghosts took the lead on a goal from Tim Kapetanakis, A-B came back with two goals to take the lead for the first time in the game. At 5:35, Ryan Grady scored a short-handed goal with an assist from Josh Azar to tie the score at 4.

Less than two minutes later, Liam Fenton scored from the point to make it 5-4 for the Colonials. The lead was short-lived, however. After the ensuing faceoff, 14 seconds after A-B took the lead, Westford’s Tyler Guillemette scored with assists from Chris Blouin and Mike Mucci.

With 4:30 left, Jason Bunyon scored from close range, putting the Grey Ghosts up, 6-5.Kevin Bruskiewitz and CJ Pacifico picked up assists.

With 1:47 left and A-B pulling its goalie, Ryan Blackwell scored on an empty net.

Westford (1-5-2) took an early 3-0 lead with Alex Sepe, Matt Cielakie and Bruskiewitz scoring in the first 12 minutes.

With 30 seconds left in the first period, Sam Ahern took a pass from Vic Otero from the left side of the ice and scored at close range.

In the second period, A-B (1-8-1) scored twice to tie the score at 3. Otero scored 30 seconds into the period with Azar assisting. At 2:42, Aidan Fenton scored with an assist from Will Meusel.

“We didn’t come out with the same intensity in the second period,” said Westford coach Bob Carpenter. “We settled down and played better in the third period.”