HAVERHILL — It was the battle for first place in the CAL at the Haverhill Valley Forum Saturday and the winner was Triton, 5-2. The Vikings (3-0) not only took down Amesbury (3-1) convincingly, but grabbed ahold of the league courtesy of one Tucker Johnson.
“It’s the Tucker Johnson show,” Vikings’ coach Drew Wile said of the senior with the oversized personality who had four goals on the night. “Everybody talks about all the other big guns in the league and around the North Shore and he had four goals tonight. He’s a legitimate, top-notch player in the state as a forward.”
And Johnson wasted no time getting on the boards, scoring off Amesbury goalie Evan King just two and a half minutes into the first period with a unassisted shot, up high.
A minute later, Amesbury’s Tabor Smith was called for hitting from behind and Johnson capitalized, this time assisted by Kyle Hillick and Zack D’Agostino, to put the Vikings up 2-0 at the end of the period.
“We spotted them two goals early,” said Indians’ coach Chris Kuchar. “We put ourselves in a 2-0 hole. But the thing I like about our team is that we put ourselves into a hole and we came back.”
The Indians come-back began almost half-way through the second period when John Chamberlain took a feed from Anthony Licciardello directly in front of Triton goalie Devon Shuman and buried it on Shuman’s left side. Triton’s Derek Donley drew a penalty for interference moments later and Amesbury’s Lucas Townsend took advantage with a slap shot goal from the blue line to tie things at 2.
But Johnson wasn’t done and jumped the Vikes back into the lead with a slap shot goal of his own just a minute later to end the second period.