Boston High School: Cyrus Wickersham

Cape Cod Classic: AP, Falmouth set for final

February, 19, 2013
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FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Austin Prep head coach Louis Finocchiaro couldn’t hide his emotions. With the locker room door open for everyone to hear, he exclaimed, “There is no quit in this team and that was the best win I’ve ever coached."

Finocchiaro was not exaggerating one bit.

The No.5 Cougars stunned No.3 BC High 3-2 in the first of two semifinals at the Cape Cod Classic at Falmouth Ice Arena. Austin Prep trailed by two goals and were being shut out in the final minute of the second period, only to post three unanswered goals to steal a much-needed victory in the eyes of the Super 8 voters.

Nolan Vesey pulled the rug right out from under the Eagles (12-3-3) with two third-period goals, the tying and game-winning tallies, after freshman Jake McKenelley gave the Cougars some hope with 31 seconds left in the second period.

"For us to come back against a team like that is a big time learning experience and character builder,” Finocchiaro said. “We were down but there is no quit in that locker room so I’m so proud of every one of those kids in their and it was a big time effort from everyone.”

All was not rosy for the young Austin Prep (12-1-6) squad in the first 30 minutes of play as two glaring miscues contributed to their early deficit.

Goaltender Peter Cronin recognized an out-of-synch line change by Austin Prep and fired the puck up the left side of the boards to Patrick Kramer, who then found Connor Noonan on the doorstep of the crease for the 1-0 Eagles’ lead. Prep was caught as they switched out defensemen along with the forwards and left the far side of the ice wide open.

Noonan was at it again only minutes later as he stole a bouncing puck in the neutral zone off a Cougars defenseman’s stick and went in untouched for the unassisted tally and a 2-0 BC High lead with just under three minutes to play in the second stanza.

Usually, a young team would fold after two huge mistakes resulted in two quick goals the other way, but Austin Prep stormed back with McKenelley’s third goal of the tournament right before the trip to the lockers for the second intermission. Bobby Carpenter fought behind the net taking on three BC High skaters to feed McKenelley in the right slot as the freshman forward popped in his own rebound after one of Cronin’s 20 saves with 31.4 seconds remaining.

“A line change cost us and then we fumbled one at center ice and cost us again,” Finocchiaro said. “I told them, the first period we played well and it was like a heavyweight fight and then in the second we were down two goals. But I came in the room and told them to stay positive because we didn’t really play that bad.”

Vesey picked up a penalty less then 30 seconds into the third period and it looked like BC High would add to their lead. But just as the Eagles’ man-advantage expired, the scrappy Carpenter was at it again, as he slid the puck out of the BC end trying to clear the puck only to find Vesey racing out of the box unchecked.

The senior captain leaped out of the penalty box for a 100-foot breakaway for the easy wrister just under Cronin’s outstretched glove to tie the score and send the pro-Prep crowd into a frenzy.

“Up 2-0, we make a mistake on the first goal they got, we have a breakdown we get beat to a puck – we just weren’t working hard enough,” BC High head coach John Flaherty said. “That team that was on the ice for Austin Prep is a very good team, we knew they were going to be good, we knew they were going to be desperate and we didn’t match that. We allowed them to come in and steal a game from us.”

Vesey was not finished as he captained a 3-on-1 breakout, only to keep the puck on his stick at the point and beat Cronin glove side with a pretty back-handed flip sliding by the right post for the game-winner with 5:15 remaining in regulation.

"Nolan [Vesey] is such a skilled player and usually you want to mix it up and drop the puck off across the ice for the easier look but you have to figure with skill like that, he gets the green light," Finocchiaro said. "You can't complain too much though because he finished it."

Flaherty added, "[It is] very frustrating as we have to know [Vesey] is coming out of the box, he's their best guy, and one of the most lethal in the state. Once it got to 2-0, the guys in this locker room thought it was over, but it was far from over, and it was proven by the way the game was finished."

FALMOUTH 3, WALTHAM 0
In the second semifinal, Falmouth outlasted Waltham, 3-0, with a first-period barrage that only produced one goal.But Storm Fotiu had a stick on two of the three tallies as the Clippers advance to Thursday's final against Austin Prep at 7 p.m.

Waltham will face BC High in the consolation round on Wednesday night.

Robbie Souza scored for the Clippers (10-5-5) at 9:30 of the first, as Fotiu slid the puck on a perfect string to hit Souza on a break. Souza left Waltham senior goalie Nick Russo on the ice for the period's only goal despite outshooting the Hawks, 12-2.

The second period was a stalemate other than Falmouth racking up penalty minutes. Waltham (11-7-2) couldn’t muster much offense, even on the power play, as they finished the game 0-for-7 on the power play.

Fotiu doubled up the lead midway through the third period off a face-off in the Waltham end, as the senior forward dragged the puck across the crease for the top-shelf backhander. Cyrus Wickersham iced it with an empty-netter in the final minute of regulation.

Falmouth outshot the Hawks 32-15 overall as junior goalie Jake Beaton registered his first shutout of the season with numerous quality saves, including a picture-perfect glove save on a Bryan Longmoore breakaway in the final minute of regulation. Russo also played extremely well with 30 saves, including two huge glove saves in the third to keep things close before being pulled for the extra man.

Beaton didn’t see much in terms of shots, but has only allowed one goal in two tournament games and has Falmouth on the cusp of winning their own title for the first time since the Cape Cod Classic started.

"If they score with 52 seconds, it is going to be a huge lift for them,' said Falmouth head coach Buddy Ferriera about the breakaway save by Beaton. "He has been bounced around a bit and he's never had a chance to show he's a Number One, but now he is showing it."

Recap: Falmouth 2, No. 15 Arlington Catholic 1

February, 16, 2013
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FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Change can be a good thing. Just ask the Falmouth High School boys’ ice hockey team.

Head coach Buddy Ferreira shook up his lines during practice this week and rolled out three completely different units than the ones that had skated together for the majority of the season. The new look Clippers responded with their best effort of the season as they earned their most impressive win of the year, upsetting No. 15 Arlington Catholic by a 2-1 score in the final game of the opening night at the 16th annual Cape Cod Classic.

Falmouth senior Durham Ghelfi led the charge for the victors, scoring both goals for the maroon and white. The centerman on the team’s top line, before and after the shakeup, scored two third period goals to lead the come-from-behind effort.

“Mixing up the lines lit a little fire under them,” Falmouth head coach Buddy Ferreira said. “You’ve got to do little things when it comes down to the end, and this is the team that I saw play preseason. That’s a good team.”

After two tight, scoreless periods, Arlington Catholic scored just 20 seconds into the third moments after a carryover power play had ended. Sophomore Ryan Tierney tipped in a pass off the right wing wall from Zach Blanch, touching it to the far post and beyond the reach of Jake Beaton to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the period.

Falmouth (9-5-5) also scored on its first shot of the third period, nearly five minutes later. At the five-minute mark exactly, Ghelfi one-timed a feed by Trevor Theroux to the far post, through a screen, to knot things up at one aside. Theroux set things up with a takeaway at the blue line and beautiful no-look feed to Ghelfi in the slot, who timed his blast with the puck’s arrival perfectly. The shot whistled by the glove of John Richard and tied the score.

With just 4:22 to go Ghelfi struck again, this time with a power play goal. The team’s top scorer, got his second of the night, and 18th of the year, on a slap shot from the top of the left wing circle that ran caught a piece of Richard’s leg pads and barreled through to the rear of the cage to give Falmouth the lead, 2-1. Andrew Parkinson and Cyrus Wickersham assisted as the Clippers showed great patience setting up the goal before the senior unloaded.

AC (9-6-4) had chances late to knot the score again, but failed to do so. Tierney’s bid for a second, with 2:45 to play, came from the low slot, but missed the net wide to the right. Seconds later Brendon O’Connell let one rip from nearly the same spot, and hit the outside of the pipe.

The game was fast-paced, with up-and-down action over the first two periods, but neither team accumulated a lot of quality scoring chances. Falmouth outshot AC 6-5 in the first period, and 8-5 in the second. During the second period, the Clippers started to take the game to the Cougars with authority, but could not sneak one past Richard.

“The first five minutes of the game, we weathered the storm. They didn’t have a lot of shots, but they had a territorial advantage, but after that we took it to them, all the way through,” Ferreira said.

Arlington Catholic head coach Dan Shine said that Falmouth did an effective job of clogging up the ice and taking away the passing lanes all evening. AC did its best to try to open the ice up, but couldn’t find the angles to exploit.

“Give them credit, they played well,” Shine said. “They were able to play a style of play where they waited for their opportunities and they cashed in on those opportunities. I give them credit, that’s a well-coached team. It was a pretty exciting hockey game, good players on both sides of the rink, the goalies on both ends played pretty well. They’re well-coached, and they took it to us.”

Falmouth advances to the winner’s bracket where they will see another public school that scored an upset on Saturday night, Waltham, which was a 1-0 winner over Archbishop Williams. AC meets their Catholic Central rival from Archies. They are 0-1-1 against the Bishops this season.

Recap: No. 10 Chelmsford 2, No. 21 Falmouth 2

December, 29, 2012
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FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Ties are telling sometimes.

While skating even 2-2 through a full 45 minutes in the opening round of the Cape Cod Cup Friday at the Falmouth Ice Arena, Buddy Ferreira held an entirely different opinion of his Falmouth team’s performance juxtaposed against that of Mike McGrath and his No. 10 Chelmsford squad.

“The good news is that we finally played three, solid periods,” the veteran Clippers bench boss said.

On the other hand, McGrath wasn’t so enthusiastic, saying, “Our M.O. this season so far has been that we come out and play two periods of hockey and then we know a game was coming. We knew we’d get bit, and I don’t want to take anything away from Falmouth, they outworked us today.”

The No. 21 Clippers (1-1-2) emerged with a jump in their strides and claimed the first lead at 10:13 of the first on Durham Ghelfi’s score, with Cyrus Wickersham and Nicky Lineaweaver.

Falmouth took that lead to the room for the first intermission before reigning MVC/DCL Most Valuable Player Tommy Bishop extended his game points streak to five games with an unassisted goal at 9:40 of the second.

“All you get from him is hard work and hustle,” McGrath said of Bishop. “I think what he’s dealing with now is that he has a bull’s-eye on his back and every game, every team’s strategy is to take him out of the game.”

The Lions (4-0-1) tallied the go-ahead goal less than two minutes later as Derek Adamson broke in on Cody Garcia (17 saves) with a partial break and finished 5-hole.

Falmouth notched the equalizer 1:59 into the third with Storm Fotiu taking Matt Kinchla’s feed and sniping it underneath the crossbar.

“Even if we didn’t score, we needed some quality shots,” Ferreira said of the Clippers’ third-period charge. “It started on the wall with [Matt] Kinchla and Ronnie [Zampanti], and it was just boom, boom, boom and they’re in all alone.

“It’s good to see that. That’s a line that we just put together, so it was nice to see them come together.”

Recap: Barnstable 5, No. 15 Falmouth 2

December, 22, 2012
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FALMOUTH, Mass. -- The sounds of Bruno Mars musing about being “Locked Out of Heaven” escaped the Barnstable High locker room tonight at the Falmouth Ice Arena. His hit song was a remix, with the backing of 20 or so Red Raiders who felt exactly the opposite way.

With a 5-2 upset of their rivals from Falmouth High School, behind a hat trick from sniper Max Willman, Barnstable (2-0-1) felt more like they’d entered the pearly gates and were having the time of their lives.

“When you’ve got a star player, and he plays like that, you’ve got a good chance of winning,” Barnstable head coach Scott Nickerson said following his team’s win in the first meeting between the old rivals in Falmouth’s beautiful new rink. “He’s a legitimate goal-scorer.”

“I was just trying to do the best for my team, and it just worked out in my favor,” Willman said after netting his second consecutive three-goal game for the Raiders.

Willman already has seven goals for the season.

His second of the game changed the game’s complexion entirely. After a high flying first period, the two clubs settled into a slugfest defensive battle in the second period. Barnstable did not allow the Clippers a shot on goal during the first 11 minutes of the second period, but Falmouth seemed to be gaining some late momentum as they went on a late power play and were hoping to pop one behind Kevin Huska to take the lead.

A shot by Durham Ghelfi, from the high slot, knuckled toward the net and struck Huska in the face, but the keeper kept it out. Barnstable skated the puck out on a 2-on-1 break up the left wing. Eric Rogorzenski brought up the left side and went deep, before crossing it to a wide-open Willman on the right side. The Barnstable forward unleashed a rocket for the top shelf that sizzled past Cody Garcia to push the Raiders into the lead at 13:35 of the second.

The goal gave Barnstable the lead for good, and sent them to the locker room with a 3-2 lead.

“It definitely did [change the game],” Willman said. “It was a great pass from my linemate Rogo [Rogorzenski], and I just put it in the back of the net. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really looking, I just kind of shot it, just found a way.

“That was huge. That really got the boys going and it showed in the third period, and we just capitalized on everything.”

Falmouth head coach Buddy Ferreira said that the short-handed goal turned things in Barnstable’s favor for good, as it deflated the Clippers.

“[Eighty-five seconds] left in the period and it turned the game around, and you could see it,” Ferreira said. “You try to let them know [there’s plenty of hockey left], but they’re kids. We didn’t recover from that right away…you can’t let a kid like that [have a chance]. He’s a sniper.”

In the third, the momentum carried over for Barnstable. The Raiders scored a dagger of a goal early in the final frame when Hayden Murphy smacked in the rebound of a Kyle Rood shot to make it 4-2 at 4:26.

Earlier in the game Rood had been glued to the bench for a while after a mistake had led to a Falmouth goal. Nickerson was pleased to see that the junior learned from the mistake and helped the third line capitalize with a huge goal.

“He got back out there, he fought and we got a goal off that effort. When you can get a goal from the third line in a big game like that, on something that they made a mistake on earlier in the game, they come back and correct it, that’s nice,” Nickerson said.

Less than three minutes later, Willman capped his hat trick on a penalty shot. With the Clippers killing off a penalty, defenseman Joe Meloni went down in front of the net to block a shot. He slid through the crease and the puck ended up underneath him and refs cited him for covering the puck in the crease.

Willman won his one-on-one battle with Garcia with a pretty move. He came up the right side of the slot, crossed over and backhanded a lazy slider off of a toe drag.

“I wasn’t actually trying to do that, it just worked in my favor. I was going to just shoot it, but then I saw an opening,” he said.

The first period was the definition of back-and-forth. Falmouth struck, and Barnstable answered. Then it happened again.

Falmouth netted the game’s first goal at 9:01 of the first as third line winger Ben Boudrot netted the first goal of his high school career for the Clippers, redirecting a shot from the right point by captain Zack Zaino.

Barnstable won the ensuing draw, skated right down and tied it 16 seconds later. Willman broke up the left wing and crossed a pretty feed for Connor Fries that the junior popped past Garcia to knot it at 1-1.

The teams then traded goals a second time a bit later in the frame. At 12:06, Falmouth tri-captain Cyrus Wickersham hustled into the right wing corner to take the puck away from the Raiders defense. As Wickersham broke for the curved boards, Storm Fotiu slid through the slot and was in position to tip in a great crossing feed from his linemate to make it 2-1.

Barnstable’s boisterous traveling fanbase wasn’t in the dumps for long after that one as Willman brought them to their feet just 27 seconds later with an electric play.

Rogorzenski let a shot rip from the right wing circle that flew over the goal to the rear boards. Willman was the first one to it and sped out front, circling to a shooting position and rifled a wrist shot under the crossbar to send the teams to the locker rooms tied.

Cape Cod Classic: Super 8 preview?

February, 19, 2012
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FALMOUTH, Mass. -- One week from Saturday, the Super 8 hockey committee will convene and assemble the field of the state’s premier tournament. Both No. 4 Hingham and No. 7 BC High almost assuredly will be among the teams making the cut.

But if Saturday’s matchup between the two clubs to open the Cape Cod Classic tournament was any indication of what is to come, Bay State hockey fans in for one might fine tournament.

The Eagles and Harbormen skated to a 1-1 tie, as it will be entered in the MIAA’s scorebook. Hingham’s Ryan Linehan scored with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

After a five-minute overtime period, BC High netminder Peter Cronin and Hingham counterpart John Grenier continued trading saves. Finally, Eagles senior captain and defenseman Brian Furey sent BC High along to the winner’s bracket with the first and only goal of the shootout in its seventh round.

“[Grenier] was playing aggressive, so I figured I’d fake the shot and have some room stuff it in, and I did,” Furey said.

BC High (9-5-4) claimed the lead at 12:54 of the second period with defenseman Sam Topham rifling a slapshot past Grenier, glove side.

The Eagles appeared to be well on their way to two points in the third period, controlling play in Hingham’s end for the bulk of the stanza. BC High continued to hem the Harbormen, even in the minute. Hingham (14-4-2) had been unable to pull Grenier for an extra attacker when senior captain winger Matt Hughes made his way through the neutral zone with about 30 seconds remaining.

After the puck was chipped up the boards, Hughes gained the blue line and played a perfect cross-ice pass onto Linehan’s stick. Linehan’s one-timer slid past Cronin for the tying goal.

“We had an injury on that play, the guy jumped over the boards, he kind of got caught in no-man’s land,” BC High head coach John Flaherty said. “If he’d gotten a piece of him, maybe it doesn’t happen. It was just a good hockey play by Hingham. [Hughes] made a great pass, [Linehan] one-timed it and it ended up in the back of the net.”

HE’S A GAMER
Hughes missed part of the second period with a shoulder injury, after he was ridden into the boards awkwardly on a check. He returned later in the game, playing in pain. Although his status going forward is day-to-day, Hughes’ returned paid dividends.

“It was a nice pass, and it was a lot of guts coming back," Harbormen head coach Tony Messina said. "I don’t know what the extent of his should injury is going to be, but he said he could play with the pain. And he did a great job.”

FINISH WITH A FUREY
With most of BC High’s forward options exhausted in the shootout, and with no end in sight, John Flaherty glanced down his bench at his available shooters. Furey nodded back toward the Eagles bench boss. Flaherty signaled back toward center ice.

After watching six of this teammates fail to convert against Grenier, Furey knew exactly what to do with the puck.

Although the thought of letting a Chara-like slapshot from the between the circles did cross his mind.

“I don’t quite have a 108-mile-per-hour slap shot though,” Furey added.

ARCHIES 4, NO. 20 FALMOUTH 1
In the Classic's nightcap, Archbishop Williams (8-8-1) completed half of the work they needed to accomplish on Cape Cod with a 4-1 win over the host Falmouth Clippers (12-4-5).

Archies head coach Derackk Curtis was not very pleased with his team’s overall effort, but the Bishops did enough to pull to within one win of qualifying for the MIAA state tournament.

“That wasn’t our best game…I thought that we’d come out with a little more urgency,” Curtis said.

AW was outshot by the Clippers 26-12 for the game, but did the most of with the pucks they did put on Falmouth’s Petey Negri as the scored goals on 3 of their first 5 shots on net in the contest.

With a pair of goals just 32 seconds apart in the first period AW took a 1-0 lead into the locker room after one. Mike Sorenti sniped one inside the near side post at the 6:42 mark of the first. Then, before the dust settled on that one, Sean Leblanc chopped one in from the doorstep to give the visitors at 2-0 lead.

Falmouth came out like gangbusters to start the second period and picked up the tempo, but AW held the fort as goalie Joe Vinay (25 saves) made a handful of big stops, the best of which was on a doorstep bid by Cyrus Wickersham at the five minute mark.

With a goal on their first shot of the second period, at 5:24 by Falmouth resident Mike Jessman, AW was in the driver’s seat.

FHS broke through at 13:36 of the second to cut the deficit to 3-1 when Nick Lineaweaver netted a power play goal off a nice feed across the crease from Ben Taylor. The air quickly left the Clippers’ balloon, though, as AW got a power play goal just 15 seconds later, off the stick of Bill Sweezey, that made it 4-1. AW scored its four goals all on their first eight shots on net.

AW will meet surprise winner Waltham, Monday at 7 p.m.. Falmouth squares off with Arlington Catholic at 3 p.m.

NO. 18 AUSTIN PREP 4, DUXBURY 1
BC High will face Austin Prep on Monday after the Cougars qualified for the Division 1 North tournament in a 4-1 win over Duxbury.

Cam Russo, Nolan Vesey and Scott Corcoran all scored in the first period, putting AP (9-6-3) in the driver's seat.

WALTHAM 3, NO. 17 ARLINGTON CATHOLIC 2
Although the Hawks are out of postseason contention, they put on an impressive display early on against the Cougars.

Waltham (4-11-3) ran out to a 3-0 lead by the second intermission, before the Cougars (9-6-4) scored twice in the third to make a game of it.

(Reporting from Rich Maclone was included in this story.)

Recap: No. 9 Marshfield 1, No. 20 Falmouth 1

January, 7, 2012
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Matt Kinchla will be replaying the shot in his mind for a while and each time he’s going to ask himself the same question, “how did he make that save?”

The villain in the Falmouth High forward’s recollections will be Marshfield High goaltender Kyle Moran, whose glove stop midway through the second period of Saturday night’s game at the Hobomock Arena drew oohs and aahs from the crowd, and probably a fair share of cuss words on the Clippers’ bench.

Thanks to that stop, and several other worthy of his personal highlight reel, Moran helped the ninth-ranked Rams escape with a 1-1 draw against 20th-ranked Falmouth in a showdown for first place in the Atlantic Coast League.

Marshfield is now 5-1-1 overall, and 3-0-1 in the ACL. Falmouth has the same league record and is 6-1-2 for the campaign.

“It was a great save. He really bailed us out today, their goalie played great too, but Kyle was the story,” Marshfield head coach Dan Connolly said.

Falmouth bench boss Buddy Ferreira said that the stop was the difference in the game.

“Their goalie made a huge, huge big-time save that otherwise we walk out of the building with a 2-1 win."

Moran’s robbery on Kinchla came with 8:14 to play in the second period, with the Clippers attacking on a power play and looking to double its slim lead. Defenseman Joe Meloni spied the forward sneaking down the right wing side all alone and rifled a backdoor pass that Kinchla swiped at for the near post. Moran (21 saves) lunged back to his left and snared the puck, which was behind him, out of the air to keep the game a 1-0 contest.

Moran made another great stop four minutes later, this time robbing Ben Taylor. The freshman forward attempted to finish off a 2-on-1 breakaway with Durham Ghelfi, but Moran got his left leg pad down in time to kick aside the snipe. He also stoned Storm Fotiu with 3:30 to play, again with the leg pads.

Falmouth keeper Cody Garcia (18 saves) also had a fantastic day in the other net for the Clippers. The sophomore stymied several quality chances by the Rams, including a big one on top scorer Mikey Carbone, who had a point in every game the Rams had played prior to this one, with 1:29 to play in the first period. Carbone broke alone toward the Falmouth net and attempted a cross-over move, but Garcia stopped the bid and then covered up as he was run over by Carbone. Garcia also had a sweet glove save on Chris Perry with 7:22 to play in the game, preserving the tie.

Each goaltender was also the recipient of an assist from his best friend, the pipe. Taylor popped one off the post with 54 seconds to play in the second period. Marshfield defenseman Joe Kiley rung the pipe with just over 7 minutes left in the third.

The only people in the building that were as busy as the keepers were the referees. From the outset it was apparent that the two squads were going to play with playoff-caliber ferocity, and the refs gave their whistles a workout because of it.

“It was a war, it was like watching the Vancouver-Bruins game today, it was the same type of thing,” Connolly said. “I don’t think there was much 5-on-5 in the second period, which took us out of our flow, and it probably took Buddy [Ferreira] and his team out there flow, too. We were getting lines together, and jumbling guys around.”

It was while killing one of four Falmouth power plays in the game that the Rams netted their lone goal of the night.

Connor McLean chased a dump-in behind the Clippers’ net, took on two Falmouth players and won the puck out of a scrum where he was able to center it to Perry in the slot for a quick snap shot that beat Garcia upstairs to knot things up at 1-1 with just 3 seconds left in the second stanza.

“Connor McLean won a battle, then won another battle and put it out front and then Chris Perry was right there to bang it in. It was opportunistic, but it was all the result of hard work of Perry and those boys,” Connolly said.

Perry’s goal was the lone mark against a Falmouth defense that owned the rest of the night. Marshfield clearly wanted to play an up-tempo style, but the Clippers never let them enjoy space in the open ice.

“Defensively we just bottled them up,” Ferreira said. “They tried to spring that forward out of the defensive end all night and our forwards were just right on them. They were physical with them, boy they laid some hits out there…big time hits.”

Falmouth upped the ante on the physical side of the game from the opening drop of the puck and it paid quick dividends. With a hit in the neutral zone Travis Howe jarred the puck away from Marshfield and led a quick 2-on-1 break from the red line. He fed it ahead for Cyrus Wickersham, who rifled a quick wrist shot past Moran for a 1-0 lead just 3:12 into the action.

Falmouth also nearly pulled off a last second miracle of its own at the end of the game. With less than a second to play Nicky Lineaweaver tipped a pass out of the corner by Justin Taylor upstairs on Moran. The keeper’s great night ended with one last Falmouth frustration as he was able to block the puck with his shoulder and cover it up with 0.2 seconds remaining on the game clock.

“They owned us in the first period, we were lucky to be down just 1-0,” Connolly said.

Ferreira admitted that his team’s biggest shortcoming is its lack of a big-time scorer, but the Clippers try to make up for that with hard work, which they certainly did against Marshfield. The coach left town quite satisfied with what he got from the maroon and white.

“Outside of 3 seconds, we walk out with a win. I’m not upset. That was a good performance, 3 lines, 4 defensemen and solid goaltending against a team that could be a Super-8 team,” Ferreira said. “We don’t have a lot of snipers. Could we win or come out with a tie against a team where we outplayed somebody but just couldn’t bury it? Tonight we showed that we could, and that’s a good sign.”

Connolly and his Rams were just happy to get out of the game without losing a share of first place in the league standings.

“They’re very good, so getting a point out of this was good. We were hoping to get two [points] in our home building, but we were lucky to get one, we were,” Connolly admitted. “So we take that out of the game, that we did earn a point. We did [dodge a bullet]. They out-played us, they definitely deserved the two (points) tonight, I thought. Our kids played hard, they got better as the game went on, but they dominated the first for sure.”

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