NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Sports

March 15, 2014

Newburyport hockey in good hands

Two weeks ago, the Newburyport hockey team took the ice against Winchester in the program’s first ever postseason game at the Division I level.

Winchester, a team that went 11-5-5 in a tough Middlesex League, came into the game as a heavy favorite. The Sachems had already beaten Arlington, Wilmington and Hingham, tied Reading and played competitive games against St. John’s Prep and the three-time defending Super 8 Champions Malden Catholic earlier in the season.

Just for good measure, a few days before facing Newburyport, the Sachems took a two and a half hour drive down to New Haven to face Hamden High School, historically one of the top programs in Connecticut, and blasted the Green Dragons 5-0 on their home ice.

Despite having reached the state tournament 10 consecutive years, a lot of people thought Newburyport was in over its head at the Division I level and wouldn’t stand a chance against Winchester. That was the perception within the program at least, and the Clippers played like they had something to prove.

Newburyport dominated Winchester early, and after falling behind 2-0 the Clippers came back with two quick goals to tie the game early in the third period. After the game, head coach Paul Yameen said he felt his team beat Winchester in every facet of the game except one, the scoreboard.

Winchester wound up winning 3-2 after senior Brendan Greene scored to put his team up for good with about 12 minutes left, and after the final buzzer sounded, the players left the ice visibly distraught, heartbroken that their season had come to such an abrupt end.

Sitting in the stands at the Stoneham Rink that day was Chris Wile, the father of Newburyport senior captain Travis Wile and a man who has probably watched more Newburyport hockey over the past decade than anyone except perhaps the coaches themselves.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season
Special Features