It took a while to get it, but the Bourne High School boys’ ice hockey team finally put one in the win column on Wednesday, February 3, with a 5-4 victory over league rival Wareham.
Coach Frank Carpenito’s squad rallied to get the game-winner off the stick of Michael Russo at 11:21 of the third to go ahead after Wareham had fought back from two goals down in the third to tie it. Russon was set up on an unselfish play by Owen Surrette and Ty Kelley that proved to be the difference.
Bourne had played well early and built a lead. Quick goals from Dana Leach and Alex McCarthy in the game’s opening minutes had BHS out in front 2-0. Wareham got one back, but then Surrette scored midway through the first to make it 3-1.
In the second each team got one. Bourne’s goal came from Jon Sheehy.
Wareham played its way back into the game with a pair of goals in the third to tie the score at 4-4. The Vikings scored at 6:43 and 9:25, but Bourne finally left the rink with a win by battling back after that. Wareham pulled its keeper late in hopes of scoring with an extra attacker on the ice. Paul Case made two big stops to prevent the Vikings from getting the equalizer. He finished with 19 saves.
Seekonk 6, Bourne 1
Things were going pretty well for Bourne on the road on Tuesday, until the third period. Bourne fought back from a 1-0 deficit early in the first period to tie the score in the second, and give it a chance to challenge for its first win in the third period.
Things did not break Bourne’s way in the third, though. The game got away from BHS as Seekonk scored five times to score a one-sided win, 6-1.
“We played a good game defensively, even though the score doesn’t show it,” coach Frank Carpenito said. “The younger guys are really starting to show tremendous improvement, especially Chris Klueber and Caleb Kean, both 8th graders.”
A power-play goal by Seekonk gave the home team the lead at 4:48 of the third. Then, at 8:19, Seekonk made it 3-1. Knowing that his squad had another game the next night, Coach Carpenito began to play his entire roster in hopes of keeping fresh legs for the next one. Seekonk added two more meaningless goals.
The lone goal by the Canalmen tied the score at 1-1 at 9:15 of the second period. Senior Alex Duval put the puck away, with Klueber picking up the assist on the play.
Somerset-Berkley 3, Bourne 2
The fourth loss of the 2021 season for the Canalmen was the third time that the team had lost by a single goal as they fell by a 3-2 score to Somerset-Berkley on Saturday. All of the scoring in the game came in the first two periods. In the third the Canalmen, playing on the road in Fall River, had chances but could not get back to even.
BHS found itself playing from a deficit early on. The Raiders scored themselves a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals just about a minute apart midway through period number one. Davis Sullivan scored to give the home team the early lead and then Evan Affonso secured a two-goal lead for the Raiders at 8:34.
Bourne fired back in the second period with a pair of quick ones, just 18 seconds apart. Power-play goals from Ty Kelley and Jon Sheehy in the early stages of the second brought Bourne back to even. Unfortunately for the Canalmen, Somerset-Berkley got one back late in the period, at the 11-minute mark, to reclaim the lead.
Bourne went hard in the third, but was unable to find the tying goal on its sticks. “It was a good game. We carried a lot of the play, even though the shots were even. Our three lines seemed to wear them down in the third,” Carpenito said.
Carpenito said goalie Case did a good job of keeping his team in the game early. Jon Sheehy and McCarthy gave strong defensive efforts.