The Vineyard boys varsity hockey team remained perfect in the new year after icing its fourth win in a row Monday at the Tony Kent Arena in South Dennis.
Tyler Araujo scored on the power play with 40 seconds remaining to lift the Vineyarders to a 3-2 win over the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins.
As they did against Bishops Feehan and Stang in the previous two games, the Vineyarders came from behind to win.
The Dolphins twice had the lead earlier in the contest. Twice the Islanders tied the game. D-Y led 1-0 after the first period but Tyson Araujo knotted the score just 40 seconds into the second, assisted by Sam Burke. The hosts led 2-1 at 3:55 of the final period only to see Colby Gouldrup tie the game three minutes later.
Vineyard freshman Noah Kleinhenz was the winning goalie and stopped 13 of 15 D-Y shots.
Halfway through the season, M.V. stands at 8-2 and needs two more wins to clinch a spot in the state tournament.
The Islanders were again slow to engage against Bishop Feehan in an Eastern Athletic Conference matchup last Saturday afternoon at the MV Arena.
When they did, the Shamrocks could do little to stop them. Tyson Araujo scored four goals and Huck Burke, making his first varsity start, had a goal and two assists as the Vineyarders erased a 3-1 second period deficit and romped to an 8-4 win.
The game was a rough affair, played at a torrid pace.
Vineyard junior forward Max Davies took an elbow early in the third period and fell to the ice. Feehan captain Nick Carvalho received a four minute major for the foul. Davies was taken by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where he was found to have sustained a neck sprain. Davies did not play in Monday’s game at Dennis-Yarmouth.
At the start of the game, the Shamrocks came out flying and scored twice in the first period against the sluggish Vineyarders. Shay Hill got M.V. on the board with a snap wrister into the top corner to make the count 2-1 at the first intermission.
The Shamrocks scored 4:41 into the second period to lead 3-1. The goal seemed to light a fire under the home team. The Vineyarders suddenly found their forecheck, closed off Feehan’s passing lanes, and started pumping in goals–four in a span of 4:14.
Huck Burke began the onslaught, from Colby Gouldrup and Dorian Johnson. Gouldrup then scored from Burke. Tyson Araujo scored 15 seconds later from Charles Goldthwait, added an unassisted goal, and closed out the period with a power play goal from Tyler Araujo and Johnson 35 seconds from the intermission.
M.V. bookended the third period with a pair of goals courtesy of the Araujo brothers. Tyler scored with 29 ticks off the clock, assisted by Huck Burke and Colby Gouldrup and Tyson tallied his fourth of the night with 33 ticks left to play.
Mike Sylvia was the winning netminder.
Despite the team’s recent run of success, coach Matt Mincone is still waiting for a consistent 45 minute effort from his team.
“I don’t like our starts. The past two games we’ve been sleeping for the first three shifts,” coach Mincone said after the Feehan win. “They don’t realize that the bulls-eye is on us. These guys, for the past two years, have had tough seasons, now we’re 7-2. This is unknown territory for us. Teams are bringing their ‘A’ games against us.”
The Vineyarders passed another EAC test Wednesday, January 11 against Bishop Stang at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena.
The Spartans came to the Island with a gaudy 6-0 record and returned to Woods Hole tasting their first defeat.
The Vineyarders scored three unanswered goals in the third period to break open a 2-2 deadlock and post a 5-2 win.
Colby Gouldrup tallied twice. Sam Burke, Tyson Araujo and Tyler Araujo each scored once. Assists went to Tyler Araujo (3), Brian Fraser (2), Nelson Dickson, Noah Stobie, Tyson Araujo, and Colby Gouldrup.
M.V. played at Somerset Berkley in a late game Wednesday. The Vineyarders travel to Cyr Arena in Springfield on Saturday to play Minnechaug Regional before returning home for an EAC showdown with arch rival Coyle and Cassidy on January 25 at 4:30 pm.