FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Austin Prep hockey head coach Louis Finocchiaro remembers most of sophomore forward Bobby Carpenter’s season for numerous pings and clangs that have rung out in rinks across the state this year.
Yet, the only sound associated with Carpenter’s play Thursday night at the Falmouth Ice Arena was the lack thereof, the silence of the hometown Clippers crowd in the championship game of the Cape Cod Classic.
Carpenter scored four times, part of a five-point game, while leading AP to a 9-0 drubbing of Falmouth. The Cougars (13-1-6) scored every which way – twice on the power play and even a short-handed goal – and closed out an impressive run on the Cape this week, which included wins over Top 10 squads Hingham and BC High.
“We just wanted to a win a championship for once,” Carpenter said. “We lost our league, so we wanted to win this one real bad.”
The Cougars opened up to a 3-0 lead in the first period and held the Clippers (10-6-5) without a shot on goal beyond the midway point of the first.
AP kept up the pace in the second with Frankie Candalino scoring his first of two goals and Carpenter tallying the hat trick on an extended 5-on-3 power play.
The Cougars retired to the room after the second period up 8-0. They capped scoring with Carpenter’s fourth of the evening in the third.
“He’s relentless,” Finocchiaro said of Carpenter, the son of former NHL-er Bobby Carpenter. “He’s a coach’s dream.”
Carpenter, who had 10 goals on the season entering Thursday’s action, reflected on the team’s accomplishment as they wrapped up their regular-season schedule, rather than his own.
“Our Number One goal this season coming was to make it the Super 8, no matter what happened. We knew we had to win all these games down here, and we did it.”