NEWBURYPORT -- The Pentucket hockey team ended its season on a low note, dropping a disastrous game to Bishop Fenwick, 5-2, in the Doyle Division championship of the 18th annual Newburyport Bank Classic yesterday.
That loss was marred with serious ugliness as a brawl at the tail end of the second period saw four players ejected from the game, and some of Newburyport’s finest made a house call to the Graf Rink.
“In my mind, that was the worst piece of officiating I’ve ever seen,” said Sachems coach Bill Burns. “It’s a new low for Division 2. I don’t know what the deal is. I don’t know what has to change, but we’ve got to get together as coaches, and we’ve got to speak to somebody about getting a better officiating body, because this just isn’t working out.”
The first period of the game was a wash with both defenses anchored by Sachems goalie Sam Bomba and the Crusaders’ Pat O’Leary. They both kept things scoreless.
The brutal second period began with an ugly hit from Sachems forward Ian Mitchell five minutes in. He was ejected from the game for a hit from behind, followed by a slashing call on teammate Tom Pingree. Bishop Fenwick (4-16-2) kept up with the hits when Chris Napolitano and Mark Todisco went to the box for roughing calls. But the Crusaders made out the best with a 4-on-3 advantage allowing Mike Napolitano to find a hole in Bomba’s wall, assisted by P.J.Usaliss and Drew Thibodeau. Pentucket (9-11-1) tied things up five minutes later when John Orlando crashed the net, assisted by Pingree and Bob Barry.
Things went from bad to worse with a minute and half to go in the period when a scoring chance turned into a full-on brawl behind the Pentucket net. When the dust settled, Pentucket’s Mike Kutcher and Bishop Fenwick’s Mike and Chris Napolitano were all ejected from the game, as police back-up arrived to keep things from escalating in the locker rooms.