Vineyard icemen fall to Coyle Cassidy in EAC clash

Huck Burke bursts around Coyle Cassidy's Ryan Jones in search of a path toward goal. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Old rivals Martha’s Vineyard and Coyle Cassidy laced up the skates for a Wednesday afternoon Eastern Athletic Conference boys hockey matinée at the M.V. Arena.

The Vineyarders came into the game with a 6-1 record but spotted the Warriors two goals, 25 seconds apart, in the opening 1:50, en route to a 6-3 defeat in the league opener.

Max Davies lit the lamp at 6:19 of the first period to cut the Coyle lead in half. Sam Burke tied the game at 2-2 five minutes into the second period, with the assist to Matt Davies.

Three minutes later, the Warriors regained the lead off of a two on one break. Vineyard goalie Wyatt Jenkinson stopped the first shot but Devon Perry zapped the rebound into the open left side of the cage for a 3-2 Coyle lead.

The Warriors made it 4-2 at 13:19 when Billy Pacheco stuffed in a perfect feed from the right boards.

Fifty seconds later, the Vineyarders were back in the game as Brian Fraser slapped the puck into the right corner to complete a tic-tac-toe passplay from Sam Burke and Tyson Araujo.

The Vineyarders dominated the third period but couldn’t score. The Purple defense held Coyle to just three shots in the final stanza (26-12 overall) but the Warriors scored twice, once with 2:41 left and again into an empty net with Jenkinson pulled for the extra attacker.