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Friday, March 4, 2011
Marshfield romps over Falmouth in D-1 South

By Scott Barboza

BOURNE, Mass. -- During the regular season, when Marshfield and Falmouth met in Atlantic Coast League play, the teams first played to a 2-2 tie before the Rams took a 5-1 league win in their second meeting.

If the two disparate results were any indication of Thursday’s Division 1 South playoff game at John Gallo Ice Arena, the later example held true to form.

The third-seeded Rams didn’t look past the young Clippers and came out blazing, outshooting Falmouth 13-3 in the first period and running out to a 4-0 lead. Marshfield didn’t look back from there, taking a handy 6-1 win.

“We talked to the kids about higher seeds getting bounced from the tournament,” Marshfield head coach Dan Connolly said. “They took that to heart. There have been four years that I’ve coached where we’ve been paired against teams that we’d played twice during the regular season, so even though you may have already played them, the third time is always the most important. That’s the one you need to win.”

Ryan Connors and Matt Burchill led the way with three-point games, with Connors picking up two goals. Ty Martina and Chris Perry each had two-point games.

Martina and Burchill traded off setting up each other’s goals to start scoring for Marshfield. The Rams followed up with two power play goals in the final four minutes of play. Jimmy Connors buried a one-timer feed from Perry and Ryan Connors. Defenseman Brennan Quackenbush followed with Marshfield’s second goal on the man advantage.

The Rams (15-3-5) continued to dominate play in the second period, outshooting the Clippers by a 10-3 margin. Ryan Connors got in the fray with a goal of his own on an assist from Burchill for a 5-0 lead.

Cody Murray put Falmouth on the board with 11:59 remaining in the third period with an unassisted power play goal.

Ryan Connors rounded out scoring with 6:36 remaining with assists from Perry and Jimmy Connors.

“We’ve got good speed, so we just want to get the puck from our own end, up the ice,” Connolly said. “We had pretty good passing throughout, and our team likes to go, go, go and we were able to do that tonight.”

Marshfield advances to meet 11th-ranked Norwood in a quarterfinal game on Saturday.