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January 6, 2014

Newburyport snaps four-game losing streak

The Newburyport hockey team earned its first win in three weeks Saturday afternoon when it dispatched Pentucket 6-1 at the Graf Rink.

“I like the way we started, I liked the first period,” said Clippers coach Paul Yameen. “But I didn’t like the second period. I’m not happy with that. We got away from our game plan a little bit, and that is something that we have to work on.”

Newburyport (2-4 overall, 2-1 CAL) hit the ice like its collective life depended on it with a blistering first-period attack on Pentucket’s freshman goalie, Robert Porter. Less than a minute and half in, Nick Federico started the scoring attack, assisted by Andrew Williams and Tyson Gudaitis. Tim Brennan was the next Clipper to hit the back of the net less than two minutes later. Senior Travis Wile scored the third goal 10 minutes later, and then quickly assisted Matt Kelleher along with Ben Ventura in the fourth Clipper goal of the opening stanza.

“The last couple of games that we won, Robert came through,” Sachems coach Bill Burns said of Porter. “He’ll be back in there too. It’s going to be one of those tandem type of things that we play. I think coming from the net out, we’ll improve.”

Porter came out of the game in the second period in lieu of fellow freshman net-minder Andrew Orlando, who held steady until the third.

“They are both good goaltenders, and they are both freshmen,” Burns said of Porter and Orlando. “So we expect them to get some good time this year. We’ve got two freshmen that have stepped up and done a great job, so we are going with the youth movement.”

The Pentucket offense got on the board at the tail end of the second period when Mike Kutcher lit the lamp off Clippers freshman goalie Robbie Federico, assisted by Braydon Carney and Ben Klosowski.

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