HAVERHILL — Looking to bounce back after falling 4-1 to Masconomet earlier in the week, the Newburyport hockey team headed to Pentucket. And bounce back they did, treating the Sachems to a crushing loss 6-1.
“Six goals is good,” said Clippers’ coach Paul Yameen. “That’s a start. Hopefully we can keep it going.”
The Clippers didn’t waste any time, scoring three minutes into the game when freshman Ben Mirageas skipped a quick one past Sachems’ freshman goalie Robert Porter, assisted by Scott Webster and Matty Kelleher. Two minutes later, junior Ben Ventura lit the lamp, assisted by Mirageas and senior Travis Wile. With less than two minutes left in the first period, sophomore Scott Webster scored on Porter, assisted by senior Nick Federico, to give Newburyport the 3-0 lead.
The Clippers have had a good variety of players making a difference this season and the first period reflected that.
“It was a good opportunity to get some guys some ice time,” said Yameen. “They work hard every day at practice. They’re deserving. We have a lot of confidence in them, so we thought we’d get a lot of guys out there and I think they did pretty well.”
The second period found the Clippers camped out in the Pentucket end of the ice until Austin Roy caught a penalty for roughing, giving Pentucket the man advantage. John Moner capitalized, shooting one past Clipper goalie Robbie Federico’s right pad, assisted by Mike Klosowski.
Wile scored a pair on new Pentucket goalie Anthony Orlando to celebrate the third period, the first coming two minutes in, assisted by Ventura, and the second with six minutes to go, assisted by Ventura and AJ Williams. With one and a half minutes left in the game, Newburyport senior Travis “The Alien” O’Brien scored his first varsity goal, assisted by Williams, to give the Clippers the five-point lead.