Newburyport 4, Amesbury 3
The Newburyport ice hockey team beat Amesbury this Saturday 4-3 to improve to 10-7-1 on the season and qualify for the state tournament for the 10th year in a row.
Newburyport was led by Ben Ventura, who scored 2 goals and recorded 2 assists on the day, and also was boosted by Travis Wile’s 2 goals, Scott Webster’s 2 assists and additional assists by Matt Kelleher, Tanner Derby and Ben Mirageas.
Amesbury’s scorers were junior Tabor Smith, sophomore Keith Kowalick, who recorded his first varsity goal, and Connor Stevens. Coach Chris Kuchar said he thought his team played well for the first and third periods, but said hockey is a three period game and Newburyport did what it had to do to bury its chances in the second.
With the loss, Amesbury falls to 8-7-3 on the season.
“Overall we need one more point to qualify and we’ll keep working hard until we do,” Kuchar said. “We were in this same spot last year and I keep telling our kids that if you want to make the states no one is going to hand It to you, you have to earn it.”
Triton 2, Pentucket 1
Triton beat Pentucket 2-1 in a tightly contested affair this past Saturday to improve to 8-9-1 on the year. Kyle Hillick and Josh Brown each scored for Triton, and Jarred Guergin and Hillick each recorded assists to give Triton the win.
Senior defenseman Bob Hallowell, scored the lone goal for Pentucket, assisted by senior winger Bob Barry and junior center Ben Klosowski. Pentucket is now 5-12-0 on the season.
Pentucket’s Josh Wesolowski won first place at the Division III North Sectional championships this past weekend, beating Triton’s Jake Durkin to win the top spot in the 132 pound weight category.
Also qualifying for States was Noah Mahli, who placed second at 170 pounds, and Kyle Knox, who placed third at 120 pounds. In addition, Sean Clohisy placed fifth at 195 pounds, Sam Marchant placed sixth at 106 pounds, and Garrett Liscke, Bret Connolly and Joe Raimondi competed at 113, 145 and 152 pounds respectively.