Vineyard boys varsity ice hockey team ties Somerset Berkley 3-3

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Jonas Lukowitz gets checked hard by a Somerset Berkley defender as a snap shot trickles into the net, putting the Vineyarders up 3-1. — Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) boys varsity ice hockey team tied the Somerset Berkley Raiders in an important contest Tuesday evening.

The Vineyarders, in bright white jerseys, hung tough against the Raiders, but it was the Somerset Berkley goalie Luke Souza who stole the show, dealing with 33 shots on goal. Only three got past him for goals. Vineyarder senior goalie Nick Kent defended eight shots on goal, and allowed three.

Somerset Berkley’s Ryan Comeau scored an unassisted goal barely four minutes into the game. About three minutes later, Vineyarder Emerson Mahoney battled back with a goal, tying the game 1-1. Nick Vukota and Aksel Cooperrider assisted.

Nasty collisions and forceful checks into the boards were plentiful — both teams took a pounding. With 7:05 left in the first period, Vineyarder Matt Davies scored a goal with help from Andrew Wiley and Jonas Lukowitz, making the score 2-1 Vineyard. Grabbing momentum only three minutes later, Emerson Mahoney scored again, assisted by captain Austin Marley and Nick Vukota for a 3-1 Vineyard lead.

At 14:03 Somerset Berkley’s Chris Padula put the puck in the net to make the score 3-2 at the end of the first period.

The Vineyarders played a stellar second period, taking 15 shots on goal and allowing no Raiders shots. But the Vineyarders could not convert opportunities, even with Somerset Berkley’s Chris Padula and Aaron Comeau called for penalties. Both teams failed to score in the second period.

In the final period Raider Logan Santos scored the opponent’s third and tying goal, assisted by Ryan Kelly and Chris Padula.

“As far as possession goes, we outplayed them,” Vineyarder assistant coach Trey Rasmussen told The Times, “but the guys couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities that we had.”

The boys were scheduled to face Bishop Stang High School Wednesday, Feb. 11, the beginning of an important three-game homestand, with Wyatt Jenkinson slated to start in goal.

“It’s the playoff push, and the guys know that,” Coach Rasmussen said. This weekend features the annual Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. tournament. The tourney begins on Saturday when Westwood High School plays Weston High School at 5pm. The Vineyarders play Lynnfield High School at 7pm. On Sunday the consolation game is 11 am and the championship follows at 1pm. All three games are home at MV Arena.