HAVERHILL — The Newburyport hockey team will not be getting an easy week of practice as a Christmas present from its coach.
The Clippers (1-0-1) fell short of coach Paul Yameen’s expectations last evening in a 1-1 tie against winless Masconomet (0-2-1) at Haverhill Valley Forum. They lacked life throughout the evening, perhaps as the result of playing a late road game against a winless foe.
“I can’t explain it really,” Yameen said. “We’re a much better skating team that we showed. I never would have thought they would have outskated us, but they did. That’s disappointing. I understand early season bumps, but the effort concerns me.”
Tyler Cusack put the Clippers on the board at 6:45 in the second period on an assist from Ben Ventura. Four minutes later, Masconomet’s Brett Bergeron evened the scored on a power-play goal, assisted by Tyler Costello.
Newburyport goalie Alex Buckley kept his team in the game, delivering one of the only strong individual performances on his team.
“That team was 0-2, and we addressed that as soon as we walked in the building,” Yameen said. “We told the team they were going to fight for their lives, and we didn’t have any jump or grit.”
The Clippers are off until Dec. 26, when they return to the ice at the Cape Cod Freeze-Out in Hyannis. The tournament includes Division 1 teams Braintree, Barnstable and Springfield Cathedral.
“If we play like that down at the Cape, it’s going to be ugly,” Yameen said. “The competition is going to be very good. We have a week before we play, and we have a lot of things to work on.”
Pentucket’s Tom Funk (120 lbs.) and Mike McCarron (170 lbs.) won by fall. Josh Wesolowski (132 lbs.) and Jeff Funk (145 lbs.) won by major decision. Kevin Clark won by decision.