Vineyarders roll over Trojans and Sailors
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys varsity hockey team posted its fifth win of the season (to go with one loss and two ties) defeating Bridgewater-Raynham at Bridgewater last Wednesday, 3-1.
The Trojans broke on top, scoring on their second shot on net just a minute and a half into the game. But that would be the only time they would find a way around Martha's Vineyard goalie Alex Minnehan. Joel Rebello knotted the score ten minutes later with a blazer from the point, assisted by Trey Rasmussen and Mitch Pachico.
The score was even but Martha's Vineyard had taken a dozen shots on net to the Trojans five.
In the last minute of the second period Jason Schwab tipped a high shot by Matt Flynn, redirecting the puck into the net. Colin Hurd was also credited with an assist on the power play.
With less than a half minute to go Mitch Pachico scored the game's final goal into an empty net. Rebello assisted.
The Islanders had taken 33 shots on goal to B-R's 20. Each team had been penalized four times. Martha's Vineyard goalie Minnehan had made 19 saves.
Easy as one, two, three
It wasn't, of course, but the Vineyarders made it look that way, Saturday, as they scored once in the first period, twice in the second, and thrice in the third against previously unbeaten Scituate at the Arena. The Sailors, the defending division three state champs, did not help their cause by committing 13 fouls, seven in the third period alone. The Islanders played penalty-free hockey for the first 15 minutes, then were led into temptation and were whistled for four infractions in the second period, five in the third when attitudes became increasingly "chippy."
Henry Smith posted the first marker on the scoreboard six and a half minutes into the game, assisted by Mitch Pachico and Joel Rebello.
Second period goals were by Trey Rasmussen, assisted by Jason Schwab and Colin Hurd, and by Tad Gold on a rebound of Darren Gazaille's hard shot on goal.
Just a minute into the third period, Jason Schwab found the back of the net, assisted by Scott Cleary and Trey Rasmussen. Then it was Mitch Pachico's turn, with help from Joel Rebello and Henry Smith. Finally, Nick Billingham beat Sailor goalie Jamie Murray, assisted by Tad Gold and Trey Rasmussen.
Minnehan handled all 18 shots that came his way. Murray had to deal with 32 shots on net.
Girls conquer Latin after Canton setback
The Vineyard varsity girls hockey team has had some near misses, including last Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Canton, but Saturday the Islanders earned their first win of the season, defeating Latin Academy, 4-3.
The girls gave perennially powerful Canton all it could handle before conceding, 2-1. The Bulldogs put the first mark on the scoreboard with the game eight minutes old. Eleven minutes into the second period Gillian O'Callahan evened the count unassisted. Canton had the last laugh with the winning tally at 9:10 of the third period.
Jamie Forend was strong in goal for the Vineyard.
Against Latin, Christina Wiley got things going for the purple when she zipped and zagged and scored the first goal of the game, assisted by Alexa Fisher and Meaghan O'Rourke. Four minutes later, Latin tied the score but before the period ended, Zoe Fisher put the Vineyard ahead again with help from Nica Sylvia.
The Latin girls were in no mood to concede anything and hardly more than a minute into the second frame they tied the score again, 2-2.
Less than a minute had passed in the third period when Latin took its first lead of the game, 3-2. But Gillian O'Callaghan's goal knotted the game again. Alexa Fisher assisted. Prudence Fisher provided the winning margin with two minutes left on the clock, assisted by Angela Casey.
When the game-ending buzzer sounded, the girls pummeled goal-keeper Laura Jernegan, and with good reason. She had dealt with 36 shots on net. Latin's goalie Angela Casey, on the other hand, had less success dealing with 16.
The Vineyarders will host the seventh annual Nan Rheault Memorial Tournament this weekend at the Martha's Vineyard Arena.
The Jayvee girls open the tourney at 1:15 Saturday against Needham. Newton North and Marshfield skate at 2:30.
The varsity girls play Marshfield at 5 with Wilmington and Cambridge Ringe & Latin face off at 7.
The Jayvee consolation game is 9:30 Sunday morning, followed by the championship game at 10:40.
The varsity tourney concludes with the consolation game at noon and the championship game at 1:30 pm.
Squirts sweep Nantucket
The Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey Squirts, coached by Bart Kent, edged the Barnstable Hawks at the Arena, Saturday, 2-1. Eamon MacKenzie put the Vineyard on the board in the second period, assisted by Aaron Figuroa, Brian Fraser scored the winning goal in the third period with help from Marco Pettricone.
Coach Kent called it "a great battle between two even teams. Both had great goaltending and good clean checking." He was pleased to note steady improvement in the team's play and considered this "the best passing game of the season.
In other Cape & Island Squirts games, the Vineyarders were shut out twice Saturday on Nantucket, 0-1 and 0-3.
Sunday, the Squirts returned the favor by downing their Island rivals 6-0 and 6-1.