BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- The busiest man on Cape Cod last night might have been Tom Welch in the scorer’s booth at Gallo Ice Arena. Welch had to have been suffering from writer’s cramp after last night’s pair of MIAA Division 3 south semifinal games.
The two contests saw the four teams combine for 19 goals and far many more penalties.
Hanover (16-7-0) throttled Abington (11-8-5) in the late game at Gallo last night, outscoring the Green Wave by a 7-3 score. In the early game, Bishop Stang (15-8-1) gave a steady effort to upend Diman Voke (17-5-2) by a score of 6-3.
The teams will meet at the same rink on Sunday at 6:45 p.m. to determine the sectional champion.
The start of the night’s second game was delayed by about 20 minutes, and during that time the Hanover faithful broke out a telling chant of “it’s all over.” With four goals during the first six minutes and 25 seconds, they were on to something, as the Indians went on to win a penalty-riddled game that saw both teams reach double figures in infractions (Hanover was called for 15 penalties, and Abington 10).
The game marked the third meeting of the year between the Indians and Green Wave, and all three ended with a similar result. Hanover won the first game, 10-3, and the second one by a 5-0 count.
Hanover was hopping offensively from the first drop of the puck and it was apparent that they were hoping to hang another big number on Abington. Just 52 seconds into the game, with their first of many power plays, Colin Mahoney’s flutterer from the left circle beat Mike Morse to the near side. Morse was fighting the puck early, and the Indians made him pay for it as they scored goals on four of their first five shots.
The one shot that Morse stopped of the first five ended up in the net when Mitch Beard jammed in the rebound of Landon Hasenfuss’s wrist shot. Beard finished the night with a hat trick, with all three goals coming on special teams (two power play goals, and one shorthanded).
At 6:01, Trevor Doucette scored off a nice crossover, and then at 6:35, Drew Caldwell rung one in off the crossbar from a difficult angle.
Hanover ran their lead to five before the Green Wave got a pair of goals 29 seconds apart to make it somewhat interesting early in the second period. Abington had a chance to close the gap even further with a 5-on-3 power play midway through the period, but could not cash in any chances.
Hanover head coach Jonny Abban said that his team experienced a bit of a lull after their quick start, but that they bounced back.
“I think we got complacent when we were up by four, we let our guard down. (Abington) is probably one of the hardest working teams that we’ve come across in Division 3,” Abban said. “They won’t give up. They don’t have the depth that most clubs have, but they don’t give up. We had to grind it out, and we got into trouble with the penalties.”
Scoring power-play goals early in periods was a specialty for the Indians.
At the 51 second mark of the second period, Beard drove home a rebound with the advantage to make it 5-0. He also scored just 54 seconds into the third, putting home a power play goal on a break up the right side. That made it 6-2.
Each team got one more goal before it ended. Abington’s Joe Marella scored a power-play goal from the low slot at 6:34. Beard then finished his hat trick for the Indians two minutes later, converting a turnover into a goal.
Stang Stings Diman
Suave means smooth, and that certainly summed up the play of Bishop Stang’s brother combination of Luc and Max Suave.
Luc, a senior, found the back of the Diman Voke cage three times and his younger brother, Max, popped in two as the sibling led the 14th-seeded Spartans to a 6-3 win over the second-seeded Bengals in the other Division 3 South semifinal.
Stang head coach Ken Gouveia knew that the two forwards had led his team during the game. He just didn’t realize just how impactful they had been until afterward.
When asked about their importance, he countered with a query as to how many goals they’d scored. He was informed it was five.
“Well, there you go,” he said with a laugh. “There you go.”
Gouveia said his club battled butterflies early on. After getting a quick goal, just 49 seconds into the contest, from Luc Suave, Stang unraveled a little bit. Diman popped in two fast ones to counter, from Jay Silva and Tyler Gillet, and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
“I thought we were a little tight in the first period, but then in the second…we started to take the game over and beat them to some loose pucks,” Gouveia said.
Over the last two periods it was all Stang. They took the game over with three goals in a span of just 2:35 to turn their 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead in moments.
The tying goal was scored on wrister from between the hashes by Max Suave at 7:32. At 9:36, Luc Suave got the middle marker in his hat trick as he drove for the far post and tipped in a nice cross from the left side by Chance Correia. Thirty-one seconds later, the Spartans got their lone goal from someone not named Suave as Tristin Costa fluttered a shot from the top of the left wing circle that beat the keeper low to the far post to make it 4-2.
Diman showed some heart and got that one back 79 seconds later, trimming the lead to one with their third of the night at 11:26. Cam Levesque stick-handled through traffic on his way to the net and scored with a nice crossover move.
In the third, Stang put it away. Luc Suave finished off his hat trick with a snap shot from the edge of the crease at 2:10 and then Max Suave jammed in a carom at 7:43 to cap the scoring.