It’s a style of defense that the Royals are comfortable playing, and one which Pentucket transitioned to avoid as the game progressed. By turning up the intensity offensively and scoring early into possessions, the Sachems were able to regularly catch Georgetown off guard.
“We turned it on in the second half and started doing some things we talked about,” Leary said. “We knew it would be a grind-it-out game which would be our offense against their defense.”
The change led to seven Pentucket goals, while strong goaltending and effort restricted the Royals to just four.
“It feels good to have the feeling of having a save and watching your team get the ball down to the other end of the field,” said Pentucket goalie Ben Smith. “There’s nothing like knowing that you stopped a team from scoring.”
Smith would finish the game with 9 saves on 16 shots.
On the offensive end, Pentucket attack Sam Colombo had a monster game for the Sachems, scoring five goals on eight shots while adding an assist. Brendan Sullivan also had a good game, scoring twice on two shots. Nick Arcadipane and Connor Beaton were also involved on the goal scoring, each scoring once.
For Georgetown, Nick Depasquale tallied three of the Royals’ seven goals, while assisting on another. Jared Warren also scored for the Royals.
Pentucket will now look toward its game at Triton tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The two teams battled this past Friday, a game in which the Vikings took control late.
“I don’t even have a word to describe how good that would feel to beat them,” Smith said. “Just the rivalry against them and knowing that we should have beaten them in the first place would make beating them tomorrow that much sweeter.