Arch rivals Martha’s Vineyard and Coyle-Cassidy squared off in an Eastern Athletic Conference boys hockey rematch on Wednesday afternoon at the MV Arena.
The Vineyarders took the first meeting, January 4 in Raynham by a 3-1 score. This time, the Warriors got even and ended M.V.’s six game winning streak, with a 2-0 shutout.
Joe Royal scored on a blooper from the left point in the second period, and Nick Cambria scored in the third off an end to end rush from a face off deep in the Vineyard zone. It was all the damage Coyle would need.
The Vineyarders simply lacked the spark necessary to get two points against a determined opponent in a rivalry game.
After the game, Vineyard head Coach Matt Mincone summed up his team’s 2-0 loss succinctly. “We allowed them [Coyle] to win and kept backing off pucks…It wasn’t from a lack of effort, we just allowed them to do what they wanted to do,” Coach Mincone said.
M.V. outshot the Warriors 27-21, including 14-5 in the third period, but could not solve Coyle goalie Brent Petrowski.
“We weren’t crashing the net,” Coach Mincone said. “You can take shots all day long but the goalie’s going to catch them if they’re painless. You were never on the edge of your seat knowing that somebody was going to get rebounds.”
With the loss, their first on home ice this season, the Vineyarders dropped to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the EAC. The Purple next skates against league foe Bishop Stang Saturday, at the Hetland Arena in New Bedford. The puck drops at 5 pm.