Despite being outshot 66-18 Saturday against Taunton, the Stoughton High hockey team came away with a 5-1 win at the Alexio Arena in Taunton, thanks to another stellar effort in net from goalie P.J. Sheehan and a hat trick from his younger brother, Mark Sheehan.
The win is Stoughton's second of the season (2-14-2), and snaps a four-game scoreless streak.
The five goals is the second highest output of the season for the Black Knights. Stoughton was 3 for 5 on the power play Saturday.
Still, as evidenced by the shot discrepancy, Taunton had plenty of opportunities to put Stoughton away, but P.J. Sheehan was outstanding in goal, Stoughton coach Dan Mark said, with the captain recording a season-high 65 saves in net.
Sheehan has made a whopping 841 saves in 18 games this season (46.7 per game).
Meanwhile, it was Mark Sheehan's second hat trick of the season which led the Stoughton offense.
After the first period ended with neither team scoring, Sheehan got Stoughton on the board first, scoring on a goal assisted by Albert Smith and Drew DiStefano.
Brandon Lima added another goal in the second period, assisted by Imani Pina, to put Stoughton up 2-0.
Sheehan scored (unassisted) midway through the third period. Taunton cut the Stoughton lead to 3-1 on its only goal of the game with 3:22 left.
Stoughton also led Taunton 3-1 late in the third period of a game earlier this season at the Asiaf Arena in Brockton, but Taunton fought back and the game ended tied at 3.
However, in the rematch, Stoughton, despite being shorthanded thanks to injuries and illness, cemented the win with two more unassisted goals - one by Smith to make it 4-1, and Sheehan's third of the game to make it 5-1.
Stoughton will wrap up the regular season over February vacation with games at Apponequet (Wednesday) and North Attleboro (Friday).