“Kevin MacDougall came back and played a good game from the wing,” Gaudiano said. “He came off the wing, and we improve that just because we got a lot of faceoffs that we haven’t been able to get in the past.”
Though there were few moments of concern for Newburyport over the course of the game, there was one scary moment in the third quarter when senior defenseman Steven Simkins took a big hit on the sidelines and upended a referee, sending both crashing to the ground.
Simkins and the referee both got to their feet fairly quickly, and while the referee appeared to be unharmed, Simkins wound up coming out of the game and was immediately attended to by the trainer. He had his shoulder taped up with a large ice pack and did not return to the game afterward.
With the win, Newburyport is now 3-1 on the season, and the Clippers will be right back in action today when they host Austin Prep at 10 a.m.