Bourne Hockey Opens The Season With A Win
By: Dan Crowley
Fast and physical, the Bourne Canalmen opened the winter hockey season with a resounding 7-0 victory over neighboring Mashpee/UCT Saturday night at the Hyannis Community Center. Spencer Andrews led the Bourne attack scoring a natural hat trick in the first period, adding a fourth goal in the second.
The Canalmen hit the ice hard with Will Humfryes testing MHS/UCT goalie Nick Cannata in the opening minute. Cannata showed some quickness stopping Humfryes again and blocking a shot off the rebound by Conor Hanley, but then a string of five MHS/UCT penalties were dished out leaving the Falcons fighting off the hard-charging Canalmen.
Just seven seconds into the first penalty Bourne struck with Andrews jumping on a rebound off a shot by Hanley from the blue line.
The Falcons killed off the second penalty, but the third time the Falcons were sent to the box, Bourne capitalized. Beau LaFlamme corralled the puck at the blue line and sent it in for Andrews, who at the 8:19 mark hit his second of the night.
Andrews then turned the hat trick with just 1:36 left in the opening period assisted by LaFlamme again sending the Canalmen to the locker room with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Devin Welch, Andrews, Myles Horn and Steve Kashalena did a nice job of killing a Bourne penalty to open the second period. Sean Foley, who was matching Bourne hit-for-hit had a nice breakaway for the Falcons midway through the second, but was denied with a nice save by BHS goalie Josh Eddy.
Cannata, who had faced a dozen shots in the first period, was holding off the Canalmen until at the 8:17 mark Humfryes scooped up a loose puck at the blue line and raced in alone on the Mashpee/UCT goalie. Humfryes’s shot went top shelf, over Cannata’s glove, for a four-goal lead. A minute later Kashalena pounced on a loose puck and fired a high shot that slammed off the pipe and down into the net, giving Bourne a 5-0 lead.
With 3:46 left in the second Andrews took advantage of the power play once again for the Canalmen, beating Cannata from a crowd up close.
Bourne used the entire rink, passing well, and used their speed to push the puck inside the blue line. While Foley and fellow MHS/UCT captain Kyle Murray returned the hard hits the Canalmen were dishing out, overall the physical play of BHS appeared to knock the Falcons off their game.
Bourne carried their six-goal lead into the third and continued to apply physical pressure.
The Falcon’s Pat Athanas fired from the slot early in the third, but as it had gone most of the night, Eddy was in position to make the stop. Murray tested Eddy later, but was also blocked.
With 2:22 remaining in the game John Conley fired from just off the left post, registering Bourne’s final goal of the night.
The Canalmen return to the ice Saturday when they will host Martha’s Vineyard at 5 PM.
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