NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Sports

January 9, 2014

Hillick, Norton lift Triton to 1st win

NEWBURYPORT — For a night, it played out just the way the Triton hockey team imagined it would.

Senior forward Kyle Hillick had a hand in three goals, sophomore Jack Norton carried the momentum from a promising freshman season in scoring two goals of his own, and senior goaltender Devon Shuman posted a shutout in net.

The Vikings (1-4-2) just expected it all to happen a little sooner. Triton picked up its first win of the season last night — a 3-0 defeat of Saugus (1-5-0) at Graf Rink.

Hillick, who tallied 35 points as a junior, snapped a personal six-game goal-scoring drought to notch his first goal of the season along with two assists. Norton, who was Triton’s top freshman last season with five points, played a two-man game with Hillick all night en route to two goals and an assist. Shuman continued his steady season, allowing two goals or less for the fourth time this season.

“A relief? It sure is,” Triton coach Drew Wile said. “They deserve it. I can’t question their effort. In six of our seven games, they’ve outshot the other team. Guys are snakebitten, and they’re feeling the pressure. (Last night), they finally went in.”

A feeling of relief appeared to sweep through the Triton bench after the first goal, which was scored by Hillick. Not only did Hillick, a player the Vikings expected to score 12 to 15 goals this season, snap his scoreless games streak, but, as a team, the Vikings scored a goal for the first time in three games.

“It was tough,” Hillick said. “I knew my linemates would keep setting me up. I’ve had chances, but I couldn’t finish. I finally got it done. I got it in the net. It’s good to get it out of the way and move on.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss 105-year-old woman throws first pitch McIlroy wins British Open, Tiger finishes 69th Astros, Aiken fail to reach deal Could Rousey beat Mayweather? Can the Panthers replace Steve Smith? Will Bengals sign Dalton to long-term deal? Offseason Report: Biggest Question Marks in the AFC West Ole Miss facing increased expectations Derek Jeter Respect Ad Delivers Larry’s Notebook: Is Jimmie Johnson Behind the Curve?
Special Features