The Road to the Garden ended one exit short for the Tewksbury Memorial High School boys hockey team.
The Redmen were dominated by top-seeded Beverly on Monday night, losing 9-1 in the North Division 2 final at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.
Tewksbury struck first when Jack Cash put home a goal with 6:53 to play in the opening period. But that lead lasted only 58 seconds, and that’s when the Panthers took over every phase of the game.
Beverly scored the next nine goals of the game, including taking an 8-1 edge when Connor Irving notched his fourth goal of the game with 21 seconds to go before the second intermission. The Panthers made it 9-1 on J.J. Bachni’s tally early in the third period.
With the loss, the Redmen fell one game short of playing for the state title game on the ice of TD Garden in Boston.
Instead, it’s the Panthers who advanced to that game. They will play for the Division 2 crown on Sunday against Medfield.