Vineyard hockey teams ice weekend wins

Celia Mercier breaks out of the Vineyard zone against Quincy-North Quincy. Celia scored a hat trick in MV's 5-4 win. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity hockey teams both posted wins on Saturday at the MV Arena.

The girls were first to take the ice and skated against a combined team from Quincy and North Quincy High Schools.

The Islanders were timid and unsure against QNQ for the first 20 minutes, but Celia Mercier’s hat trick powered MV to its second win in as many starts, 5-4.

The Presidents scored the only goal of the first period and extended their lead to 3-0 early in the second before Celia Mercier, assisted by Emily Cimeno, broke the ice block, followed 17 seconds later by a goal from Kassidy Bettencourt, with help from Sydney Davies. Before the period was over, the Islanders scored twice more, again by Mercier, assisted by Emily Cimeno and Olivia Ogden, and then the equalizer, by Aubrey Ashmun assisted by Cimeno.

The only goal in the third period, by Mercier, earned a shower of hats, with Emily Hammett and Tayla Kuehne assisting.

The MV goalie was Texe Craig.

Coach John Fiorito couldn’t have been more pleased by the girls’ grit and determination.

In Saturday’s nightcap, the Vineyard boys won their second game of the season by topping Bourne, 3-1. Colby Gouldup started the scoring with help from Noah Stobie and Tyler Araujo, in the first period.

The Canalmen took advantage of a power play in the second frame to even the count, as William Humfryes found a way around MV goalie Mike Sylvia. But not for long. Gouldrup and Tyler Araujo both beat Bourne netman Josh Eddy before the period was over, giving the Vineyard a 3-1 lead, the final score. Assisting on the winning goals were Tyler Araujo, Tyson Araujo, Bobby Perry and Colby Gouldrup.

Bourne was penalized thrice. The Islanders visited the sin-bin four times. MV took 28 shots on goal to Bourne’s 17.

The win raised MV’s early record to 2-1. It was Bourne’s season opener.

The Vineyarders tasted their first defeat of the young season, Dec. 14, in a 5-1 road loss to the Franklin Panthers.