The Newburyport hockey team made the most of its first matchup with Triton this year at the Graf Rink Saturday night, climbing to .500 on the season for the first time.
The Clippers (5-5-0) outlasted the Vikings (2-6-2) by a score of 5-3.
“It’s always a good win when you beat Triton,” said Clippers coach Paul Yameen. “They are our biggest rivals, and I thought they worked very hard tonight. We were lucky in the first and second periods to come out of there with a lead. I tip my hat to them.”
The game did not pass without incident, however; Viking senior Josh Janvrin was removed from the game via stretcher after a boarding incident in the third period.
“J.J. is a tough kid,” Vikings coach Drew Wile said of Janvrin. “He is a solid, big, strong kid, a joy to coach this year. It’s just unfortunate what happened there. He got caught in an awkward situation.”
A fan blackout from both fan bases greeted the teams as they hit the ice, and Clipper Connor Brennan was the first to light the lamp, scoring on Triton goalie Devon Shuman four minutes into the first period assisted by Scott Webster and Tyson Gudaitis.
But just as these meetings have a way of going, the Vikings answered right back when senior Kyle Hillick shot it past Port goalie Robbie Federico, assisted by Jarrod Guertin and Brian McCaffrey.
Newburyport’s AJ Williams regained his team’s lead with a little more than three minutes left in the period, assisted by Ben Ventura.
The Vikes tied things up with eight minutes left to go in the second period when Joe Schickling lit the lamp assisted by Andrew Sheerin. The Clippers regained the lead a minute and a half later, courtesy of Tim Brennan, assisted by Austin Roy and Nick Federico.