Derek Petti blasted home a critical goal for the Tewksbury boys hockey team on Wednesday night against Wilmington. It wasn’t, however, a night the Redmen captain will be highlighting on his impressive hockey resume. The senior is focused on the bigger picture.
While the Redmen lost to the Wildcats, 3-2, in the annual addition of the rivalry, Petti played well as has become the norm for Tewksbury.
“I didn’t want anything more than to win that game,” said Petti. “We’re hoping to see them again. Two years ago we lost to Wilmington and things ended up turning out pretty well.”
That year the Wildcats blew out Tewksbury before the Redmen went on to a dramatic state title win.
While Petti has compiled plenty of individual and team accolades throughout his high school career, he’s quick to dish out the credit for his success.
“Coach always puts me in the best position to succeed, and pairs me with great linemates,” said Petti. “They always pick me up when I’m down. I work off them, they work off me, and we just work really well together.”
But there’s no one on the ice that Petti feels a better connection with than Ryan Petti. And for good reason.
The brothers are a big part of the success in recent years for the Redmen.
“I’ve improved every year, and playing with my brother is a really big part of that,” said Derek Petti. “It helps me out a lot. It’s the easiest thing because we know where the other one is all the time. Then we get to go home and watch the game film, and find out where we can get better.”
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