SALEM — Needing to be helped off the ice early in the second period last night, Ryan Griffin was afraid his high school career was over.
But not only did the Londonderry senior return, he played a big role in snapping the Lancers’ mid-season skid.
Griffin assisted on Londonderry’s first goal of the final period before knocking home the final score as the Lancers knocked off archrival and defending Division 1 champion Pinkerton 4-1 at the Icenter.
“I felt my knee push in,” Griffin said of the hit that left him lying on the ice for more than 3 minutes. “I couldn’t put any weight on it and it actually broke my blade, so I couldn’t skate. I thought I was done for the season the way I was in immediate pain coming into (the locker room). But (trainer) Megan (Powers) said it was nothing too serious, so I thought I’d get back out there and try it.”
The Lancers (9-4-1 overall, 8-4-1 in division play) snapped a two-game losing streak while winning for just the second time in five outings. With five games remaining, they opened yesterday’s action in sixth place. But the Division 1 standings are so compacted, Londonderry was only one game out of fourth and 1 1⁄2 games out of second.
Griffin assisted on the first goal scored by freshman Nick Donnelly with 8:32 left in the opening period. Pinkerton (8-7-2, 7-6) tied the score when Dominic Corsetto rammed in a two-on-one pass from Devin Moore with 2:54 remaining.
But instead of going into the break tied, Londonderry regained the advantage with only 2.5 seconds left on the first of Eric Coburn’s two goals.
“Pinkerton’s a rivalry, and after losing the last two, we needed this big win here,” Griffin said. “We need to get back into the top four. We haven’t been skating to our potential so just getting out of here with a win was huge for us.”