In the first round of the Roy Condon Hockey Invitational at North Reading, Wednesday, the Vineyarders crunched East Greenwich, R.I., 7-0.
The line of Truman French, Scott Cleary, and Joel Rebello scored three times in their first three shifts, all in the first period. At 3:26 Cleary did the honors assisted by French and Rebello. At 6:46 it was French from Rebello and Cleary. Three minutes later Rebello took his turn, assisted by French and Cleary. It was the first of what became a four-goal effort.
Rebello would score again before the period ended, abetted again by his line-mates, while goalie Alex Minnehan kept the Ocean Staters off the board.
Rebello finished a hat trick at 13:59 of the second frame, assisted this time by Zach Sylvia and Matt Flynn. Mike Capen replaced Minnehan in goal and continued the shutout with six saves.
In the first minute of the third period Freshman Darren Gazaille converted a pass from Stephen Greenberg, raising the one-sided score to 6-0. Coach Mincone turned the scoring switch to "off."
But then Riley Dobel was blind-sided. Boarding was called and the Islanders, angered by the attack on their teammate, turned the switch back to "on" and scored a seventh goal seven minutes into the power play, Rebello assisted by Gazaille.
"A mature response," remarked the coach.
The second contest, a game with the tourney hosts, was one for the books. The Vineyard posted the first point, a short-handed goal by Joel Rebello, assisted by Zack Sylvia and Matt Flynn, at 10:36.
North Reading took advantage of a position error to score an equalizer with seconds ticking off in the first period.
The second period was as well played as the first. The Vineyard reclaimed the lead at 11:05. Nick Billingham pulled a face-off to Davey Campbell whose shot on goal was blocked, but the rebound came to Colin Hurd who put it home, restoring the MV lead.
Three minutes later North Reading scored an equalizer and that's the way the game ended, 2-2.
But this was a tournament with a trophy to be won or lost.
After a scoreless seven and a half minute overtime, the tourney went to a five-man shootout.
Billingham, Gold, Campbell, Sylvia, and Rebello were chosen to shoot for the Vineyard.
Reading's first skater missed the net. Nick Billingham's shot was blocked. Reading's second shooter also failed to score. Tad Gold lifted the puck over the goalie and MV was up,1-0. Reading's third skater scored and the count was even, 1-1. Davey Campbell did not score. Reading's fourth shooter did and put his team ahead, 2-1. But not for long! Zach Sylvia's wrist shot froze the keeper and tied the score. Alex Minnehan blocked the fifth NR shot and Joel Rebello found an opening.
MV claimed the shootout, the game, and the tourney.
North Reading will have a chance to return the favor as they are an entry in February's Fairleigh Dickinson tournament at the Arena.
After skating to a 1-1 tie with Barnstable at the Kennedy rink in Hyannis, the MVRHS junior varsity skated to a 3-0 victory over Worcester Vocational, a team coached by the Vineyard's own Mike Vaughan.
Daren Stobie scored early in the first period assisted by Oliver Osnoss and Jock Cooperrider. The well- matched teams failed to score until late in the third period when Osnoss found an opening with help from Stobie and Cooperrider. Brian Grzesiuk iced the cake with a minute left on the clock, assisted by Jarek Peters.
Shutout goalie Zach Waller dealt with 20 shots on goal.
The very next day the jayvees played Cape Cod Tech to a 1-1 tie. After a scoreless first period, an apparent Vineyard goal was disallowed by a crease violation. Shortly after, the Crusaders posted the game's first valid point.
The Vineyard came out for the third period with fire in their eyes. It took three and a half minutes before Teddy Kram scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Brooks Billingham, tying the score.
In the time remaining, both teams skated with energy, but neither was able to light the lamp.
Goaltender Alex Dorr was effective in goal, his first complete game.
Hawaii on ice
M.V. Youth Hockey entered four teams in the Big Kahuna Tournament at the John Gallo Arena in Bourne, Friday and Saturday: Mites, Squirts, Peewees, and Bantams.
Tourney managers made it truly festive. Referees wore leis. Hawaiian music played during warm-ups. Lots of spectators came with flowered shirts. A holiday spirit prevailed.
The travel Mites (aged 7-8) had neither played nor practiced for a week, and they came out flat in game one. Bourne took advantage and ran off eight unanswered points in two periods. James Sashin's goal in the final frame averted a shutout, 8-1.
Stung by such a defeat, the team dominated Barnstable, Saturday. Nick Vukota opened the scoring with a rebound off the Barnstable goalie in the second period. James Sashin made it 2-0, firing the puck between the goalie's legs. Wyatt Jenkinson was perfect in goal in the 2-0 shutout. Josh Forend, Joe Davies, Mason Jeffers, Tristan Araujo, and Greg McCarron all made major contributions to the team's consolation win.
The M.V. Squirts (aged 9-10) played their two games with intensity, winning both and claiming the tourney title. Alexander Vukota scored off a Tyson Araujo pass to open the scoring. Barnstable replied with two of its own. Tyson Araujo's goal knotted the count, 2-2, sending the game into O.T.
Araujo scored again three minutes into O.T. to cap a total team effort.
The Squirts' second game was with Bourne. After a scoreless first period, Tyson Araujo broke the ice, assisted by Mac Sashin. Andrew Wiley finished a 4 on 3 breakout to add another point to the M.V. lead.
With the clock running down in the third period, Bourne tied the score, only to see Araujo score again. Bourne evened the count and with one minute on the clock sent a bullet netward that goalie Jack Slayton gloved. With 13 seconds left, Araujo scored the game-winner.
The M.V. Peewees (aged 11-12) controlled most of the play for two periods yet Barnstable carried a 1-0 lead into the third period until Max Davies fired the puck into the net late in the period, sending the game into overtime.
In O.T., Shay Hill scored the decider, assisted by Max Davies, two minutes into the extra period.
On Saturday, the Peewees lost to Cape Cod Canal, 3-0, despite an excellent team effort, especially by defenseman Aaron Figueroa and keeper Zoltan Clarke. The Islanders couldn't buy a goal. The puck bounced off the post, off the goalie's helmet, off the goalie's skates.
Also Saturday, the Squirt Islanders coasted by Y-D, 10-4. With goalie Noah Kleinhanz on vacation, Matt Davies, a forward, filled the net manfully.
Kyle Stobie had two goals and three assists. Aubrey Ashmun scored twice (her firsts) and assisted once. Dorean Johnson had two goals, three assists, Callie Jackson scored twice as did Andrew Carroll who assisted twice. Mele Mazza also had an assist.
The second Darts League season begins 7:30 pm, Thursday, Jan. 18, at the P.A. Club.
Register to play by signing up at the P.A., Tuesday, Jan. 9 or Thursday, Jan. 11, between 6 and 7 pm.
A Tuesday league will be organized if enough people are interested.
Named by the Globe
Sean Conley called our attention to the Dec. 10 sports section of the Boston Globe, which named Lucas Emin, Evan Kendall, and Max Conley to the Mayflower Division 1 league all-star boys cross-country team.
Also honored as Mayflower Division 1 league all-star cross-country runners: Hilary Dreyer, Sarah Jean Flanders, Julia Sadowski, and Liz Reid.
Five football players were named by the Globe to the Mayflower Large all-star team: David Amabile, Michael Cecilio, Alan Fortes, Bastille Lucier, and Jimmy Bishop.
Kelsey MacDonald found a place on the Atlantic Coast league all-star field hockey team, although the Globe thought she played for Marshfield.
Somehow the Globe lost track of the best South Coast Conference boys soccer team. But we know they were all stars.
The only Vineyarder who rated a picture in the 16-page special section was multi-crowned golfer Tony Grillo.
The Interscholastic Basketball League is finishing up its season with a few make-up games in preparation for next week's playoffs: girls on Wednesday, boys on Thursday.
The finals will be played at Oak Bluffs, Tuesday, Jan. 16.
There is little room for doubt that when the final whistle is blown the unbeaten Oak Bluffs girls and boys teams will have swept the competition.
Fit to be tied
The MV Rod & Gun Club's annual fly tying classes begin Monday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 pm and will continue every Monday through March.
One of the club's most popular programs, the classes are held in memory of Sonny and Joey Beaulieu and Fred and Adam Loud all of whom were faithful participants in the classes.
There is a one-time charge of $10.
For more information about the classes, call Cooper Gilkes, 508-627-8202.