HYANNIS, Mass. – Both the Wamps and the Clippers were glad to turn their calendar from Friday to Saturday. Both teams were coming off a 6-0 loss in the opening round of the Cape Cod Freezeout and looking to take their frustration out from the previous night.
After being shutout for the first five periods of the tournament, Braintree wasted no time in the third, as Gino LaRossa picked the top corner just 17 seconds into the period en-route to a 2-0 win in the Cape Cod Freeze Out consolation game.
“I thought in the third period our senior leadership stepped up,” Dave Fasano said following the game. “I challenged the guys in the locker room after the second period. Specifically, the first three that went out there. Those kids have been around here three or four years, you are the seniors and we need to come out of here with two points.”
LaRossa went out there and answered the bell, taking the initial faceoff and putting it in the back of the net.
“They were coming off a drubbing last night, we were coming off a drubbing an you knew it was going to be two hungry teams,” said Fasano.
Braintree was far from being in the clear, as they had to withstand the ferocious that was about to come from the Clippers. Braintree goalie David McDonough was outstanding in the final period, turning away all 12 shots that came his way, and getting his team back into the win column.
“I felt I needed to bring it and really help out my team and step up,” McDonough said of his game. “To come in here and get the shutout, get the two points it feels really good.”
LaRossa added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the victory for the Wamps.
Slow start: For two teams that were shutout the night before, it took a little while for any rhythm to get established. Newburyport seemed to get their offense clicking midway through the first but an ill-timed tripping call with four minutes left in the first period took the wind out of their sails and the Wamps got the remainder of the scoring chances in the period.
“I think we were kind of feeling each other out the first period,” said Fasano. “I don’t think we were as hungry as we should have been and we seemed to be feeling bad for ourselves.”
Newburyport had the majority of the scoring chances in the second period, but McDonough kept the Wamps in the game with save after save.
Offense running dry: After being shut out for the third consecutive game and the last 10 periods, the frustration from the Clippers is mounting.
They looked much better Saturday night than they did in their 6-0 loss to Barnstable on Friday night, but the puck couldn’t find the net and sophomore goalie David McDonough was a big reason why.
“Definitely a better effort today but you know the old adage you can’t win if you don’t score and that’s 10 periods in a row that we haven’t scored,” said Clippers head coach Paul Yameen. “I don’t think it’s because of lack of effort because I thought we had our chances, we just aren’t getting the bounces.”
The Clippers surely had their chances, including a handful of 2-on-1 opportunities in the second period and strong attack once they fell behind early in the third period.
“I thought we played a good period, I thought our third period was fine and we out chanced them,” Yameen said.
Newburyport has a week off until their next game against Pentucket and a good bet is they will be working on their offense a bit this week.