Five minutes later, the Clippers would score again, courtesy of a wraparound goal from AJ Williams, assisted by hotshot youngster Tyler Therrien.
Amesbury got on the board with just five minutes left when JT Chamberlain flipped the rubber biscuit past Buckley’s left hand, assisted by Anthony Licciardello to give the now-deafening Newburyport faithful cause to sweat. That would be it for Amesbury, who put up a spirited fight for the last five minutes and as King vacated the net for the last 60 seconds, Hickman scored an empty netter to make the final score wider that it really was.
But the Indians’ point had been made. The rivalry was back on.
“I thought our kids worked from start to finish,” said Indians coach Chris Kuchar. “We could have played a better hockey game. We had a couple of breakdowns in the third and ultimately that cost us. I like our resiliency. I like our ability to keep fighting back. That’s the type of hockey team we are.”
“Regardless of who we play, we’re going to come out and play hard,” continued Kuchar. “That’s the way we come in to play every game. These kids have bought into the system. They’re working hard. They are a young team, and they’re only going to get better. They’re upset with the loss, for sure. But they are going to come to work and hopefully we give Newburyport a better game next time.”
Now looking at a tilt against undefeated Beverly (9-0) this week, Yameen remained terse and concerned about his team.
“We’ve got Beverly on Tuesday,” Yameen said. “If we play like we did, they’re going to kill us.”