FALMOUTH, Mass. – Archbishop Williams certainly loves their props. When the Bishops win, the game’s top player gets to wear the ugly jacket, a piece of clothing that would make Macklemore pause at the thrift shop.
The Bishops’ hardest worker in the game dons the hard hat, which has more dents in it than a sheet of ice before the Zamboni gets to it.
At the Falmouth Ice Arena on Monday, hometown boy Mike Jessman got to wear the mint green paisley jacket after he scored twice against Arlington Catholic to pace the Bishops to a 4-1 win at the Buddy Ferreira Classic.
Nick Menzel also scored and Kyle Leonard added an empty-netter as the No. 11 Bishops (11-5-3) earned a key victory over the ninth-ranked Cougars (12-6-1) in the teams’ third meeting of the season.
Senior goalie Steve Jenner left the locker room with the beat up hard hat and a smile. Jenner stopped 29 of the 30 Arlington Catholic shots on net and kept his team in the game over the first two periods before his team exploded for three goals in the early part of the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit after two stanzas into a victory.
“When he’s played, he’s either really hot, or not,” Archies head coach Derackk Curtis said. “He was hot, and he was real good.”
Jenner’s teammates meandered through portions of the first two frames, but brought their “A” game for the third period. Jessman popped a pair past John Richard over a span of about three minutes to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. On both occasions, Mike Sorrenti played a key role in his linemate’s success.
With Super 8 implications for both teams, Jessman said that Curtis asserted the importance of his team playing well in the third period during the second intermission.
“Coach basically told us that if you want to have a shot at the Super 8 it’s going to come down to them and us in the rubber match,” Jessman said.
Just 50 seconds into the third, Sorenti forced an Arlington Catholic turnover in the right wing corner, came away with the puck and sent it to the slot. Jessman one-timed the feed low to the far side to tie the game.
On that same line’s next shift, they gave the Bishops the lead. Michael Davis’ hard work down low created a turnover for the Bishops and he found Sorenti near the net. Rather than shoot at the squared-up Richard, Sorenti slipped a pass to his right where Jessman roofed a shot to make it 2-1 at the four minute mark.
The two markers for the senior gave Jessman three goals in two games here in Falmouth, the town in which he resides full-time. He said to be able to play well in front of his loved ones was special.
“It means a lot, this is where I grew up playing, not in this rink, but in the old Falmouth rink,” he said. “A lot of my family comes down for these ones.”
Just 82 seconds later, the Bishops scored again to go up by a pair. From the right wing wall, Eric Keefe delivered a great diagonal pass to the far post for Pat Twombley, whose attempt to tip the puck in sent the puck through the crease to the far side. Menzel was on the other side and slammed in the loose puck for some insurance at 5:22.
Jenner faced 10 shots by Arlington Catholic in each period. The only one of those bids that got past him came off the stick of Ryan Smith late in the first period with a hard-nosed effort in front of the Williams net. With AC bringing pressure, defenseman Jack Rogers fluttered a wrister to the cage from the right point through some traffic. Jenner got his right leg pad down in time to halt the initial bid, but Smith raked out the rebound, from a prone position on the ice to put his team on the scoreboard.