It got away from the Bourne High School boys ice hockey team pretty quickly on Wednesday night, December 15, at Gallo Ice Arena. Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk dominated the first few minutes of the game and in that time built an insurmountable lead that the Canalmen could not overcome.
With four goals in the first eight minutes the visitors were in control the whole way and cruised to a 7-2 win at the Canalmen’s home rink. The loss dropped BHS to 0-2 to begin the season after suffering a 10-0 shellacking at the hands of Pembroke at Hobomock Arena on Saturday.
“It was a 3-2 game after (the start) and if we didn’t fall asleep in the last seconds of the second period it would have been a 2-2 game from that point on,” Head Coach Frank Carpenito said.
Carpenito said that the bad start to the game was combination of negative variables.
“I think that it was a couple of things. I think that it was a little bit of a carryover from the last game, where I think our guys got a real glimpse of what high school hockey is. We were talking about it on the bus the other night on the ride home. We’ve only had two guys that had ever played in front of fans before. It’s been an adjustment. It’s a bunch of firsts for these kids. Obviously Seekonk is a good team...they’re bigger and they’re physical.”
The visitors scored three goals in no time at all. The first one came off of a rebound in front of the net just 80 seconds in, then it was 2-0 at 3:43 of the first on a snipe from Devin Dailey, who got free space to roam when one of the Bourne defensemen fell while backchecking, opening a lane for him to exploit. Less than two minutes later it was a 3-0 game when one of the BHS defenders inadvertently screened his own goalie as Andre Ashton slapped a shot from the high slot. A minute later Dailey had his second of the game by skating down the middle and putting home a nice pass that came from his left.
To their credit, Bourne did not go away quietly. The Canalmen fought right back and scored a pair in a matter of less than a minute to make it 4-2. They then played the rest of the first period, and almost all of the second, dead even, with neither team scoring for 99 percent of the frame.
Bourne’s goals were very nice, and came just 18 seconds apart. Ty Kelley got his team on the board with a nice move to the goal to snap in his first of the year and then Joziah DeDouza rang one in off the post from the circle and it was 4-2.
The dagger came at the end of the second period, though. BHS had found a groove and was hanging with DRS very well. In the last minute of the second, with just six seconds to go in the period, a loose puck found Liam Fecteau and he roofed a shot over goalie Paul Case, making it a 5-2 game. In the third the Canalmen were out of gas and allowed pair of late goals, at 9:29 and 11:04, that accounted for the final score.
Carpenito said that he saw his team take a step forward after falling behind and play about half of a very good hockey game.
“Once they stepped up and saw that if they were willing to put their body on the line and be willing to take away time and space, that’s when we started getting some traction. That was the key and I think as the first period went on, and into the second, we did that much better. Our chances came, we have to capitalize better, but that is what it is.”
The coach said he saw some good things from a lot of players, but “in spurts.” He hopes to see even more when the team is back on the ice for its next game on Saturday night in the Canalmen Classic at 8:30 PM at Gallo, when the team takes on Westfield.