Newburyport’s Matty Kelleher was called for slashing with seven and a half to play and had served his time in the box, but hadn’t quite hit the ice when Donley scored a slap shot goal, top shelf, assisted by Jared Salmon with six minutes left to give the Vikes their only goal of the day.
“We knew they were going to come out there with some fire in their eyes, and I think we did a good job matching that at the beginning,” said Yameen. “It’s going to take a little time for (our first line) to gel (offensively) and we’re going to give them time. But if we keep playing well defensively, we’re going to be in all of our games.”
After the loss, Triton coach Drew Wile said his team needed better coaching Saturday.
“I hate losing, I’m the sorest loser going, I really am,” said Wile. “We’ve played them twice, we played Beverly, two teams that are better than us and we’re 0-3. A total of nine periods in those three games, we’ve played three periods. You just can’t win games against teams that are better than you playing only one period. But Newburyport goes harder. There’s just something that makes them go harder when we’ve played them. We’re paying the price when we play like this against good teams. We’re getting away with it with other teams.”
“With teams that are going to the tournament, as of right now we would be 3-3. That’s not good enough. That’s not going to make it,” continued Wile. “On the flip side, I’m so proud of my captains Salmon and Donley. If guys would just follow their lead, game night would be a lot easier.”