Newburyport added a pair of goals six minutes into the third period, the first courtesy of Wile, assisted by Ventura. The second was scored less than 30 seconds later by Brennan, assisted by Austin Roy and Ben Mirageas.
“It’s good to see Trav get on the board,” Yameen said of his senior co-captain, who was one goal shy of a hat trick on Saturday. “It’s good to see a few of these guys get on the board. They have been a little snake-bitten, but it will come. As long as we stay positive, it will come.”
Pentucket (2-3 overall, 0-3 CAL) has had success outside the Cape Ann League this season, and Burns promised his team will be a factor come tournament time.
“Our ultimate goal is, of course, to make the tournament,” said Burns. “Amesbury looks good, they beat us 3-1 the first time out. That’s a good team in Newburyport. Triton is always strong. North Reading is really good this year. Those are the teams that we have to bring our ‘A game’ against, and we hope to do that.
“I think we will be in the hunt and we are going to steal some games,” Burns added. “I think we will surprise some people. We will get some goaltending as we did today in the second and third periods.”
The Clippers still have a long way to go if they want to make the state tournament, but Yameen was quick to point out that his team started the season 1-4-1 just two years ago.
“That doesn’t matter to me right now,” Yameen said of the Clippers’ record. “I’m worried about a month from now. I think if we stick to the game plan, which is just playing simple, consistent hockey, shift by shift, day by day, we’ll get better. If we get away from it, like we did in the second period, things are going to continue to be inconsistent for us.”