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.”