The incident fired up both sides and words were briefly exchanged among a few players, but ultimately both coaches got their players back under control and the game proceeded without further incident.
“I just said we don’t do that,” Gaudiano said. “That’s not to say kids don’t make mistakes, but it’s easy to get them refocused.”
After the game, Gaudiano said he was happy with the way Shay and senior attacker Nick Federico were able to play their game in front of the North Reading net, adding that it was encouraging to see them play so well to complement the threat that Kelleher poses opposing defenses.
“[Shay] had a good game, I think he’s on, he knows he’s part of the offense, it’s not all Matty Kelleher and today he took advantage of his opportunities,” Gaudiano said. “I think the other guy who had a good game was Nick Federico. He was able to get a bunch of assists and that shows he’s on as well. He’s the guy to get the ball around and get those other two their shots.”
Shay finished the day with a team-leading 5 goals and 1 assist, Federico scored a goal and tallied 4 assists, Bajko scored 2 goals, and Kelleher added 4 goals and an assist of his own, bringing his season goal total to 32 in just seven games.
Newburyport will be back in action today at home against Marblehead, and after that the Clippers will have a day off to rest before Friday’s pivotal home matchup against Triton.