Vineyard icemen beat EAC rivals, lose to Mansfield

A Bishop Stang Spartan tries to screen Vineyard goalie Mike Sylvia as Shay Hill moves in to provide assistance. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard varsity boys’ hockey team was busy on the ice last week. The team followed two back-to-back wins against Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) rivals Bishop Stang and Somerset with a 4-to-2 loss at the hands of Mansfield, on Saturday.

The Vineyarders named forward Shay Hill as player of the week. The MVRHS sophomore has collected five assists in his last four games.

The Vineyarders stand at 3-3-0 in the EAC and 4-9-1 overall with six games remaining.

The Vineyarders played last night in Bridgewater against the Bridgewater-Rayham Trojans and face crucial EAC tests against Bishop Feehan at Aleixo Arena in Taunton on Friday and Coyle and Cassidy at the MV Arena on Saturday at 6pm.

The playoffs are still a remote possibility, but M.V. needs to collect 11 out of 12 available points or finish first in the EAC by winning their final two conference games and getting some help.

Vineyarders beat Somerset, Bishop Stang

Last Wednesday night, M.V. travelled to Driscoll Arena in Fall River and completed a season sweep over Somerset with a 4-1 win over the Blue Raiders.

Max Davies had the big night for the Vineyarders, scoring twice in the third period on assists from Shay Hill. Dakota Delviento scored his first varsity goal and added an assist. Tyson Araujo scored once and Colby Gouldrup had two assists.

The next night, Thursday, at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena, the Vineyarders got a superb all-around effort and strong goaltending from Mike Sylvia to down Bishop Stang 3-1.

The win atoned for a tough 6-5 defeat to the Spartans at Hetland Arena in New Bedford on Jan. 8.

Stang came out aggressively in the first period and carried much of the play for the first ten minutes. The Vineyarders weathered the storm and seized momentum when Tyson Araujo converted a fine pass from Shay Hill off of a two-on-one break to put M.V. ahead 1-0 with 2:37 left in the first period. Bobby Perry also earned an assist. From that point on, the Vineyarders dominated the game.

M.V. poured on the pressure in the second period and scored to make it 2-0 at 11:48. Tyson Araujo controlled the puck in front of the Stang goal and was pushed to the ice. As he fell, Charles Goldthwait skated into the slot and zapped the loose puck into the net from 15 feet out for his first goal of the season. Araujo and Shay Hill got the assists.

The Spartans responded with their best shift of the period and got a goal back. Mike Sylvia made two point-blank saves, but couldn’t stop a third and M.V. led 2-1 at the second break.

The Vineyarders put the game away with 7:27 left in the third period. Tyson Araujo collected a pass from Nelson Dickson and rushed down the right hand boards, cutting around Spartan Matt Rocha, and slipping the puck under goalie Tim Magalhaes.

Mike Sylvia stopped 20 shots to earn the win in goal.

Mansfield comes knocking

On Saturday, the Islanders took on host Mansfield, which came into the game with a 11-1-1 record. The Hornets scored twice in the first period, but the Vineyarders battled back. They trailed 3-2 heading into the final minute. Mansfield scored an empty net goal with 57 seconds remaining to win 4-2.

Tyler Araujo notched a goal and an assist, Max Davies scored once, and Tyson Araujo had one assist.