NEWBURYPORT – The Pentucket varsity hockey team lost to Haverhill 3-1 in last night’s Newburyport Bank Tournament’s Doyle Division Championship game.
Trying to play the role of spoiler, Pentucket (6-14) could have denied Haverhill (9-9-2) a state tournament berth with a win. Yet despite their best efforts, Haverhill took advantage of their opportunities late and held on to clinch a postseason berth in the team’s final regular season game.
Haverhill took a 1-0 lead early on following a goal by senior forward Tom Maguire, but the game was soon overshadowed when Pentucket senior Logan Sherwood went down with a serious knee injury late in the first period.
Sherwood was battling for the puck near the Haverhill blue line with about six minutes to play when he suddenly went down and immediately grabbed his leg. Coaches and trainers immediately attended to Sherwood, who needed to be taken out on a stretcher and sent to Anna Jaques Hospital for evaluation.
“He dislocated his kneecap, but the good news is it wasn’t an ACL or MCL tear,” Pentucket coach Bill Burns said after the game. “They’ll pop it back in, it’ll swell a little but then he’ll be okay. He’ll probably be skiing in a month.”
Due to the extended stoppage caused by Sherwood’s injury, tournament officials decided to suspend the remainder of the first period so the players could rest and so the ice could be cleared. Once the zamboni was finished, the players would play the remaining 5:51 of the first period and then immediately go into the second.
In a twist of cruel irony, Sherwood was called for a hooking penalty the moment he hurt his leg, so after play resumed Pentucket found itself trying to kill off a Haverhill power play.
Haverhill was unable to take advantage of the man advantage, and after the remainder of the first period concluded without incident, Pentucket tied the game early in the second when a shot by sophomore defenseman Andrew Greenbaum bounced around in front of the net and was accidentally tipped in by Haverhill junior Jon Langlois.