During a physical game in front of a hostile crowd, the Martha’s Vineyard boys’ hockey team lost 3-1 to Oliver Ames Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association South Division II tournament.
The boys hockey games in the state tourney are usually played at a neutral site. But the way things worked out, the quarterfinals this year were in Brockton, where Oliver Ames plays their home games.
As a result there was a clear home-ice advantage for the Tigers. Even though a large number of Vineyard fans travelled to see the game, they were still easily outnumbered by Tigers fans.
Colby Gouldrup scored the lone goal for the Vineyarders, which gave them a 1-0 lead about midway through the first period. The Tigers scored their first goal of the game later in the period to tie the game at 1-1.The Vineyarders appeared to score a goal early in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, but the referees called it off when the net broke free of its mount. The Tigers scored two of their three goals on power plays.
For the first time in the Island’s history, all four winter sports teams from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School qualified for the state tournament this year.Both the girls and boys hockey teams have now been eliminated while the boys and girls basketball teams play on.