The Vineyard boys varsity hockey team put a stop to a two-game losing skid with a pair of emphatic wins last week over Eastern Athletic Conference foes.
Saturday at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena, the Vineyarders dispatched Somerset Berkley 7-1. Colby Gouldrup scored a hat trick and the Purple racked up five power-play goals.
From the first drop of the puck, the Island skaters dominated the Raiders. M.V. put three goals on the board in the first eight minutes. Sam Burke tallied first at 2:37, with help from Shay Hill. Fifty-eight seconds later Colby Gouldrup made it 2-0 and Kyp Cooperrider banged one in at the left post to make it 3-0 at the first intermission.
Things got worse for the Raiders in the second period. Colby Gouldrup deflected Tyler Araujo’s shot from the left point to put the Purple up 4-0. Five minutes later, the roles reversed as Araujo redirected Gouldrup’s shot for a 5-0 lead. With the Vineyarders circling the Raiders’ cage like sharks in a frenzy, Brian Hurley stuffed in a sixth goal at 9:18.
The visitors finally got on the board at 11:10 but followed up by putting two men in the sin bin. Colby Gouldrup promptly capitalized on the two-man advantage to record his hat trick and close out the scoring.
Mike Sylvia was the winning goalie.
Three days earlier against Bishop Feehan at Taunton’s Aleixo Arena, the Vineyarders gave coach Matt Mincone the complete effort he had been waiting for all season. Though his squad compiled a 10-2 record through its first dozen games, the Vineyarders have often been frustratingly slow to start and paid dearly in recent losses to Bishop Stang and Coyle-Cassidy.
M.V. found the right tonic to cure its ills against the Shamrocks. Coach Mincone put Sam and Huck Burke together on a line with Shay Hill and the trio combined for six points. Sam scored twice, while Huck and Hill assisted twice each.
The Vineyarders jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on first period goals from Tyler Araujo, Tyson Araujo, and Charlie Ashmun. Max Davies scored in the second period.
M.V. skates next on Saturday at 11 am in Nantucket against the Whalers. The Vineyarders are 12-4 and have already clinched a trip to the state tournament. In the EAC, however, Coyle and Cassidy still holds the inside track to the title. M.V. is 6-2 with its league schedule complete. The Warriors are 4-1, with three conference games yet to play. Martha’s Vineyard and C.C. split the season series with each team winning on the other’s ice.
Jayvees win two
The jayvee boys improved to 8-3-2 on the year with victories over Somerset Berkley and Dennis-Yarmouth.
Saturday against S.B., Andrew Carroll and Harrison Rodrigues scored two goals apiece in a 5-1 win. Alexander Vukota scored once. Marc Natichioni got the win in goal.
Friday night, the jayvees rode four goals from Carroll and another from Vukota to blank D-Y, 5-0. Caleb Hallett was the winning goalie.