Mashpee/UCT Offense Explodes For A Dozen Goals
By: Rich Maclone
Last Saturday night the Mashpee/Upper Cape Tech boys’ ice hockey team got a nice dose of just what the doctor ordered. Heading into last weekend’s tilt the Falcons’ offense had been anemic through its first six games, scoring just 12 goals over that span.
Then, on Saturday, the team got a nice shot in the arm. Against a very weak Harwich team the MHS/UCT squad matched their offensive total for the season, popping in a dozen goals for a 12-0 victory. The team is now 2-5-1 on the year and Head Coach Shawn Chicoine believes that things are starting to head in the right direction.
In the days leading up to the game the Falcons had made a few adjustments, shifting around their forward lines and focusing a lot on shooting in practice. That seemed to do the trick, at least for one night, as the team’s third line popped in four goals and everyone got in on the fun.
Junior forward Taylor Nickerson led the way. The team’s top scorer had five goals in the game, netting two in the first period and then another three in the second as the Falcons jumped out to a big lead and just kept pouring it on. Tyler Conoway had the team’s third goal of the second period, and Frank Inzirrillo had a pair of goals in the second period.
In the third period four players got in on the fun. Conor Delorme had one, Tyler Conoway had another, Shawn Foley got one, and Marc Wilson netted his first of the year.
“We needed it,” Chicoine said. “And, I think as we move forward and gain some more confidence that this will help. We spent a lot of time on offense in practice...it’s starting to pay off a little bit. The system stuff is starting to come around.”
Another nice thing to come out of the game was the performance of goalie Nick Cannata. The netminder recorded his first shutout of the year, stopping all 14 shots on net that Harwich took. “He wasn’t that busy, but he made some nice saves and did his job very well,” Chicoine said.
With Wednesday’s scheduled game postponed due to the inclement weather, the Falcons have a bit of extra rest before getting back on the ice tomorrow in Randolph. The squad plays against Hull High School at 8 PM.
Chicoine said that MHS/UCT has another opportunity to have a good night at the office against Hull, a team that sports a record of just 1-5. Since blowing out O’Bryant, 6-0, on opening night, the Pirates have dropped five in a row and managed to score just two goals in those contests.
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