Vineyard boys ice Cape Tech/CCA in home opener

Freshmen forwards net five.

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The MVRHS boys hockey team scored early and often in a 9-0 Cape and Islands League win over Cape Tech/Cape Cod Academy in the home opener on Thursday afternoon at the MV Ice Arena.

The Vineyarders (1-1) scored five goals in the first 10 minutes to put the game well out of reach. They also played a clean, penalty-free game.

Freshman center Cam Geary scored his first varsity goal, and notched a hat trick to go with two assists. Linemate and fellow frosh Jake Scott also netted his first varsity goal, and finished with two goals and two assists. Throw in two assists from sophomore Pete Gillis, and one line of young players racked up 11 points for the game. Freshmen defensemen John Coogan and Charlie Lakis also played well for the Vineyarders.

“It’s a bonus for us, that these younger guys are paying attention in practice and taking what they’re learning and putting it into the games,” Vineyard Coach Matt Mincone said after the win. “Those are valuable minutes, getting pucks on net, making good tape-to-tape passes, breaking the puck out. It’s important that we saw what we saw. Granted, it’s the second game of the season, but it’s good to see the development of them from day one to when they got to youth hockey, then into high school; they stuck to the fundamentals.”

Hunter Ponte scored first at the 1:05 mark of the first period, and tallied last late in the third with a slapper from center ice that Coach Mincone termed a “dump-in that went rogue.” Logan Araujo and Hunter Meader also lit the lamp for the Vineyarders, while Ian Trance (2), Colby Zarba, and Colin Henke all picked up assists.

While satisfied with his team’s winning effort, Coach Mincone knows the Vineyarders have a home date with the powerful Bourne Canalmen coming up on Dec. 22 at 5 pm.

“Those guys [Cape Tech] worked hard on the other side, we worked hard, everyone shook hands at the end of the game and walked away with it,” he said. “It was the best we could do to work it as a 45-minute game, and we played good as a team. We should have, we were a better skating team than they were. It’s a step in the right direction, but the competition a week from Saturday is a whole different animal with Bourne.”

In the Hockey Night in Boston (HNIB) EMass Division 3 preseason poll, the Canalmen (14-4-2 last season) are ranked No. 8. “If we want to make some noise and see where we’re at, that’ll be the game,” Coach Mincone said.