NEWBURYPORT — Down two goals in the third period, the Newburyport varsity hockey team scored three unanswered goals to beat Matignon 4-3 in the final of the Newburyport Bank Tournament’s Bresnahan Division Championship.
Ben Mirageas, Ben Ventura and Travis Wile each scored in the third period to help lead the Clippers past the Warriors, taking control late to help send the Newburyport seniors out on their home ice on a high note.
“I just think they realized that they had 15 minutes left, it was their last game in the Graf Rink,” said Newburyport coach Paul Yameen.
“So I think they pulled it together coming out into the third period and played a solid period of hockey.”
Newburyport got out to an early lead after sophomore Robert Lagasse finished a play started by senior Andrew Williams and freshman Ben Mirageas to put the Clippers ahead 1-0 three minutes into the game.
Matignon evened things up shortly afterward on a goal from freshman Matt McPherson, and the Warriors grabbed the lead with 5:33 to play in the period following a goal from sophomore Joe LaPiana to make it 2-1.
Newburyport nearly tied it back up with about two minutes to play in the first period when a scrum in front of the net left the puck sitting in the crease untouched for nearly a full second, but it was cleared away before a Newburyport skater could get his stick on it.
Matignon spent most of the first five minutes of the second period on the power play after Wile was called for back-to-back penalties for laying down some overly aggressive hits.
At the end of the first period, Wile lost his cool after the whistle and knocked a Matignon skater to the ground.
The Clippers killed the penalty, but moments after Wile stepped out of the box, he laid a video game check down on another Matignon skater, knocked him over the boards and into the penalty box, and then got sent back to the box himself.