NEWBURYPORT -- As far as the Cape Ann League is concerned, North Reading (11-2-1, 8-2-1 in the CAL) has been the team to beat in hockey this season. But that is exactly what Newburyport did at the Graf last night, handing the Hornets their second loss of the season, 4-3.
“It was a very well-played high school hockey game,” said Clippers’ coach Paul Yameen. “The people got their money’s worth tonight.”
Both teams went for a skate the first eight minutes of the first period, up and down with speed the order of the day until Newburyport’s Austin Roy snuck the puck past North Reading goalie Keith Linnane’s right skate in a scrum, assisted by Tim Brennan and Ben Mirageas to give Newburyport (9-6-1, 7-3-1 in the CAL) the lead going into the first intermission.
Brennan was called for a tripping penalty at the top of the second period, and the power play resulted in a Hornet goal off of Clippers’ freshman goalie Robbie Federico courtesy of Nick Day. Jared Potter and Tom Day assisted on the goal to tie things at one.
Newburyport answered back seven minutes later when Scott Webster charged the net and scored off of Linnane’s weak right side, assisted by Brendan Barraclough and Mirageas.
The Clippers jumped ahead another goal with less than a minute left to play in the second period when Tyler Therrien beat Linnane on his left side for an unassisted goal.
North Reading wasn’t done in the third period however, as Christopher Onanian scored top shelf on Federico with five minutes left to go in the game on a goal assisted by Shane Driscoll and Ben Schille.
Potter would then tie things up with two and a half minutes to go on a goal assisted by Sean McGreal.
“That has been the big asset for this team all year, our third periods,” said North Reading coach John Giuliotti. “But, unfortunately, we were just a goal short [tonight].”