RANDOLPH -- Dave Fasano did not need to give the "desperate times call for desperate measures" speech to his Braintree High boys hockey team.
The Wamps knew that a win over Weymouth at home on Wednesday would put them back in the playoffs. Braintree (7-5-5) played with an extra edge and pulled out a 3-1 win.
"That takes a little bit of the pressure off of us," Fasano said. "We have Framingham, Belmont and St. John's Prep left, so this was a big game for us."
"It was back and forth, but we gave up odd-man rushes and it killed us," Weymouth coach Pat Kennedy said. "It seemed like every breakout that they had was an odd-man rush coming through the neutral zone.
"We were playing catch-up all night. We had high emotions on Monday when we beat Framingham (3-2) to qualify for the tournament and that was great, but we still had three to play, including tonight. I told the team after the game that we cannot be done. It is an accomplishment to qualify for the tournament, but they have the tournament for a reason -- to determine a state champion. That is what we are hoping to do. I felt that we played tonight like we were satisfied."
The Wamps (now 5-3-2 in the Bay State Conference Carey Division) did not play like they were satisfied as they came back after Weymouth (9-8-2, 3-5-2) scored the first goal of the game in the second period. Braintree struck twice in the second and added a goal in the third.
Defenseman Steve Ceriani assisted on all three Wamps goals, which came from three different players.
Aidan Flynn was able to get to the net and hit one into the top corner to tie the game, 1-1, in the second. Shawn Leslie made it 2-1 when he scored off a scramble in front of the net.
"Shawn is our go-to guy, I thought that our entire team stepped up tonight," Fasano said. "Our big guys -- Leslie, (Dara) Canavan, (Owen) Cuddyer and Flynn -- made hockey plays tonight."
Braintree got some breathing room in the third period. Junior Jeremy Souza redirected a Ceriani shot from the blueline to complete the scoring.
Any Weymouth chance in the third period was turned away by Cuddyer (23 saves).
"This was our season on the line," Fasano said. "I thought that we played with a sense of urgency. We got that one extra play when we needed it."
Weymouth's Rocco DiFazio opened the scoring in the second period. After being stopped on a shot, he stole the puck back and fired a wrist shot from the slot to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Weymouth goalie Tom Haley came up with some big stops among his 22 saves.
"They made some more plays and we did not make many plays," Kennedy said. "If we finish a couple, they do not score a couple.
"They made plays off of our miscues. We had opportunities to make plays and we did not make it happen."