FALMOUTH, Mass. -- When 18th-ranked Falmouth and No. 16 Marshfield met back on Jan. 7 at Hobomock Arena, Rams’ goaltender Kyle Moran stood on his head to help his team to a 1-1 draw that night against the Clippers. On Saturday night the clubs renewed their rivalry at the Falmouth Ice Arena, and Moran and his team left town with their heads spinning.
Dating back to Dec. 29 Moran had limited the opposition to just a single goal in eight of the nine games that the Rams had played. He gave up just two in the other, as Marshfield went 8-0-1 during that stretch.
On Saturday night Falmouth scored 3 times in the first 9:38 of the game en route to a 7-1 shellacking of the Atlantic Coast League leaders. Brothers Justin and Ben Taylor each had 2 goals in the game as the Clippers improved to 9-2-3 overall on the season (6-1-2 ACL) and qualified for the MIAA tournament in the process. Marshfield fell to 10-2-1 (6-1-1 ACL) on year.
Both teams seemed fired up when the puck dropped, but the Clippers had a little extra hop in their steps. After suffering a disappointing 4-2 loss to Dennis-Yarmouth earlier in the week, which may have cost them a chance to wave the ACL championship banner at season’s end, head coach Buddy Ferreira responded by giving them the day off on Thursday. That extra day of rest seemed to work wonders as the Clippers played with endless energy for 45 minutes.
FHS lit the lamp for the first of many times just 3:29 into the game. Center Nicky Lineaweaver let one fly from the slot that missed wildly to Moran’s left and careened into the corner. The quick forward chased his own miss and was the first one there. He sent it back to the point for linemate Travis Howe, who ripped a slapper that never left the ice and beat Moran to the near side for a 1-0 lead.
Lineaweaver’s effort on the play summed up how the Clippers played all night. “They just wanted it more than us, plain and simple,” Marshfield head coach Dan Connolly said. “That’s the bottom line. Kyle Moran probably wants a few of those back, but they kicked the crap out of us, bottom line. They wanted it a heck of a lot more than our kids. They won every battle, our kids were just playing slap hockey with the puck…we played terrible and they made us pay.”
Less than four minutes later Falmouth doubled its lead on one of those shots that Moran certainly would like to have a do-over on. Falmouth senior defenseman Justin Taylor won the puck outside the blue line and turned toward the goal and just let one rip from about 60 feet out that caught the goalie napping and sneaked through the 5-hole to make it 2-0.
Junior Durham Ghelfi added a power play goal for the Clippers about two minutes later, burying a rebound of a Trevor Theroux shot and the Rams were reeling.
Falmouth skipper Buddy Ferreira, who is in year 31 of his coaching tenure at Falmouth, said that his team’s all-out effort was a pleasant happenstance. “I’m totally surprised, for two reasons. One, to do that to Marshfield, and two, this is what makes you come back as a Coach every year. People say coaching makes you old, no it keeps you young because kids just do different things. This is a totally different team.”
Ferreira’s troops showed no complacency the rest of the way with the lead. Sophomore goalie Cody Garcia robbed Joe Admirand with a swipe of the glove at the 2 minute mark and then later stopped a penalty shot awarded to Chris Perry. Garcia came out to attack the shooter on the penalty shot, forcing his backhand bid wide.
After the Clippers’ goalie bailed them out with a couple big stops they rewarded him by padding his cushion with a pair late in the second period to open up a 5-0 lead before MHS got a late one to make it 5-1.
Theroux set up Ben Taylor with a brilliant diagonal feed that the freshman buried to make it 4-0 at 9:45 and then, just 48 seconds later, the Clippers got a shorthanded goal from Storm Fotiu, who blocked a shot and was off to the races, beating Moran with a pretty move.
Marshfield got on the board at 11:16 when Trevor Salmon buried a Kevin McDougall rebound. They almost got another in the last minute, on a laser from Mike Carbone, but Garcia deflected the shot and then swept his glove behind his back to bat it to the boards before it could cross the goal line. There was a controversy over whether or not the puck had actually crossed the line, but Connolly said it was a moot point.
“Unless it counted for six it didn’t really matter,” he said.
The Taylor brothers finished off the scoring in the third period, chasing Moran from the game. Older brother Justin got his second of the night when he intercepted a clear-out by the Rams and walked in to undress Moran at the 3:32 mark. A minute later younger brother Ben tipped in a rebound of a Cody Murray slapper to make it 7-1.
“Today, we got back to playing the way we were the last time we played Marshfield,” Ferreira said.