Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is not having a good season, and it was just what the doctor ordered for the Bourne High squad. The Canalmen needed back-to-back wins to earn a spot in the South Coast Conference championship tournament, and faced GNBVT in its last two games of the regular season. Over the course of two games in three days, the Canalmen potted two dozen goals and romped in both games to earn their spot.
The last game saw BHS open it up and win by a 14-4 decision on Wednesday afternoon, February 10, in New Bedford. Leading the offense for BHS was Tyler Evans, who had a hat trick and an assist. The game was actually close after one period, with the teams tied at 2-2. Bourne took over in the second, outscoring its hosts 5-2 to take a 7-4 lead. The roof fell in on the Bears in the third and Bourne poured it on.
Dana Leach had two goals and an assist. Ty Kelley set up three goals. Chris Klueber had a goal and two assists, Joziah DeSouza had three assists. Alex Shavyko had his first varsity goal, and his second. Domenic Bonito and Caleb Kean also got their first goals at the varsity level.
Nolan Roche made 14 saves in goal for BHS.
BHS finished the season with a 3-6-1 record. It will find out its postseason opponent and schedule in the coming days.
Bourne 10, GNBVT 1
Greater New Bedford Voke Tech scored early in the game on a shot from a weird angle, and it looked like Bourne might have its hands full. That wasn’t the case, though.
Bourne did not allow another shot to reach goalie Nolan Roche for the next 24 minutes of ice time and during that stretch scored almost at will as it went on to blow out the Bears, 10-1.
By the time the visitors got another shot on goal, Bourne had already scored seven times. It started with four in the first period as the Canalmen’s superior stick and skating skills made all the difference.
Captain Jon Sheehy got the goal-scoring party started with a shot from the left-wing wall that whistled over the keeper’s shoulder to tie the score at 5:32. Then, at 9:30, the Canalmen scored what proved to be the eventual game-winner on a nice passing display that saw Tyler Evans get the puck to Ty Kelley, who then moved it to Michael Russo for the goal. Russo showed great patience as he pulled his shot to his backhand and carried it past the prone keeper to tuck it away.
Just 61 seconds later Evans scored with a shot off the wall for a 3-1 lead. He picked his spot, waited and sniped it home. At 13:12 Sheehy got his second with a shot from the top of the right circle that was taken with velocity.
In the third the Canalmen scored three times. Alex Duval, who went on to pot a hat trick, got his first of the night with a shot from the left side to make it 5-1 on the power play. Kelley made it 6-1 by taking a great feed from Evans and putting it in. Duval then got another at 10:22 with a wraparound from behind.
In the third head coach Frank Carpenito favored his younger players and did not skate his first line much at all. BHS still got three more. Luca Finton, an 8th grader, stole a loose puck at the blue line and walked in alone at 2:04 to make it 8-1 with his first varsity goal. Duval fired from out of the corner for his third of the game at 3:33. Finally, at 13:11, Chris Klueber scored on a clean breakaway to wrap things up. The goal was the first at the varsity level for the 8th grader.
Bourne outshot Greater New Bedford 35-14. BHS had 19 shots on net in the first period alone. In the third it scored on three of its five bids.