NEWBURYPORT – It’s a game of momentum, and the Clippers are a team on a roll. After a sluggish first quarter, the Clippers manhandled rival Triton to earn their seventh straight win yesterday.
If you left 10 minutes into regulation, you would find the final score shocking. After being knotted at six goals, Newburyport (8-1) would score 13 of the games final 16 goals to beat Triton (5-6) by a score of 19-9.
“They have a really good face off guy, and he kept getting the face offs so they kept having possession early,” said Newburyport head coach Ed Gaudiano. “I think that once we got possession we were good.”
The Vikings controlled the ball for much of the game’s early minutes. While able to jump out to three different leads, it wouldn’t last as Newburyport consistently fought its way back. Down 2-0, Nick Federico and Matt Kelleher scored to tie it. Down 4-2, it was JJ Bajko and Kelleher with timely goals, and down 5-4, Bajko scored again to tie it up at five. Kelleher then added his third goal of the game to give his team its first lead at 6-5.
Larry Cuddy would score next for Triton to even the game at six, though that would be Triton’s last goal until the fourth quarter.
The Clippers offense exploded, as the first nine times they had possession in the offensive end, they scored eight goals. After being tied at six, the Clippers would score 11 unanswered goals to blow the game wide open and lead 17-6 heading into the game’s final quarter.
“This is a game of momentum,” said Triton head coach Sean Parsons. “They went on a run and we couldn’t recover from it. That’s what happened. It is what it is. It’s just a game. Look at the scoreboard – the score should never get like that to begin with.”