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April 5, 2008

Despite comeback effort, Sachems hold off Royals Chase goal seals the win

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Once the game resumed, the Sachems (1-1) surged forward and took hold of the third quarter. The stubborn Pentucket defensive corps did its job impeccably, and captain goalie Alex Roberts (17 saves) only let up two scores to the Royals' Joseph Butera's (14 saves) four.

With the game in hand, time management and crafty defense was on call for the Sachems, but protecting a lead was a lot harder when a once vibrant offense suddenly went stagnant.

The Royals showed true resolve and forced themselves back into the game. Once down 13-9, scores by Brandon Wade, Aaron Rice (3 goals) and Gibb carried Georgetown back into a stalemate, 13-13.

With time winding down, as he had done all afternoon, Chase found the back of the goal for the game-winning score. Cam Spofford came up with the game-winning assist on Pentucket's first win of the season.

Though his team lost its season debut, coach Matt Bouchard was glad with the Royals' effort and knows that they'll be able to make up ground when they face Bishop Fenwick tomorrow.

"Anytime when you're in a situation where you're down the number of points that we were, and you battle back and make a game out of it," said Bouchard, "that shows the true character of the team.

"A handful of guys stepped up today, and I think after today's offensive showing, we're headed in the right direction," said Bouchard. "We're going to need to clean up our transition game, begin games better, and take advantage of our fast-break opportunities."

After losing to Manchester, 9-4, in the season opener, Pentucket coach Geoff Beckett was pleased with the turnaround.

"After the loss. I really think we stepped up on all cylinders," exclaimed Beckett. "It was all over the place actually, but our goalie did a nice job and kept us ahead.

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