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January 10, 2013

Weathering the storm

Vikings overcome adversity to stay in hunt for CAL title

After stealing the lead in the Cape Ann League CAL from Amesbury just before Christmas, only to lose it to Newburyport eight days later, the Triton hockey team has battled through the loss of its best forward, Tucker Johnson, to suspension and a nasty virus to stay in the hunt for a league title.

The Vikings (6-2-0 overall, 4-1-0 CAL) have won their last two games, reminding people they’re still a threat after taking down Masco last night, 4-2, at the Graf Rink.

“I don’t know what we are right now,” said Vikings coach Drew Wile. “But what I care about is, every day we come to work and try to get better. We want to go out and get two points, and tonight was a big two points.”

The Vikes came out strong, getting off four unanswered shots in the first five minutes. But Masco goalie Matt Cardillo stopped all attempts as his offense would warm up along the way to a scoreless period.

The second period has been where Triton has been comatose this season, and last night was looking to prove no different as Masco (3-5-1 overall, 2-3-1 CAL) swarmed Vikings goalie Devon Shuman — that is until Kyle Hillick charged in on Cardillo and found his opening past the goalie’s right ribs, assisted by Jake Wood and Jared Salmon with six minutes left.

The Chieftains wouldn’t let that stand for very long as Trevor Surette dumped one in just past Shuman’s left skate to tie things up, assisted by Jake Jesi going into the second intermission.

The last stanza began with Viking Cote Wolcik grabbing ahold of a rebound to jump his team ahead with 10 minutes to go, assisted by Josh Brown and Jack Norton. Moments later, Triton’s Derek Donley was called for a roughing penalty, allowing Masco’s Joe Griffin to score on a slap shot past Shuman’s right side, assisted by Jared Branin and Alec DiGiorgio to knot things again.

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