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January 27, 2014

Amesbury downs Triton, on track for tourney

With a pair of goals provided courtesy of Connor Stevens, the Amesbury hockey team broke this season’s stalemate with Triton at the Haverhill Valley Forum Saturday night, shutting out the Vikings 2-0.

“Anytime you can get a league win in this tough league, it’s big,” said Indians coach Chris Kuchar. “Triton is a team that we have always battled and anytime you can get a win in this league which is wide open, it is definitely a positive.”

After skating to a 2-2 tie with Amesbury to start the season in December, Triton (3-8-2, 2-4-2 in the CAL) had a chance to catch the Indians (7-3-2, 4-3-1 in the CAL) in the league standings Saturday night; but as it has happened so many times this season, the puck just didn’t bounce the Vikings’ way.

“Anyone who has watched us from day one when we opened up (against Amesbury) can see, the story of the season offensively is we have struggled to hit the mark,” said Vikings coach Drew Wile. “We are struggling to put the puck in the back of the net.”

Triton started the night on the attack, peppering Amesbury goalie Jake Harlow with three shots in just under four minutes. But Amesbury began turning the tide soon after, scoring just under halfway into the first period when Stevens grabbed ahold of a rebound and dumped it in past Triton goalie Devon Shuman’s right skate, assisted by Tabor Smith and JT Chamberlain.

“Connor has been great,” Kuchar said of Stevens, who is one of only three seniors on the Amesbury squad. “He came back from junior hockey and he has some explosive speed, he can get to the net. Tonight he worked well with JT and Tabor, and right now he is leading us in goals (with seven), so having him back has been a huge addition for us.”

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