The Upper Cape Tech boys’ hockey team entered its contest against a former co-op school riding a two-game winning streak. But visiting Mashpee/Monomoy at Hyannis Youth & Community Center on Monday, December 23, the Rams were perpetually playing from behind.
The Monarchs scored in the first four minutes of action and scored at least one goal in all three periods en route to a 4-2 non-league win against the Rams.
Senior Brant Butcher opened the scoring for the game just 3:28 into the first period as he hammered home a loose puck to give Mashpee/Monomoy a 1-0 lead. Later in the first period freshman Matt Paling connected on a power play goal to knot the game at one apiece with 8:18 left before the first intermission.
The hosts entered the break with a 2-1 lead, however. Charlie Southworth redirected a shot from teammate Alex Tosi with 3:18 before the break.
Five minutes into the second period the Monarchs took a 3-1 lead on a Lucas Tambolleo slap shot. But the Rams still had some fight left in them. Still trailing by three goals midway through the third period, Kevin Flynn beat Mashpee/Monomoy goaltender Jonah Tambolleo with a wrist shot to close within a goal, 3-2.
The Monarchs would get the last laugh, as Jack Vitnitsky added the insurance goal soon after to give the game its final score. Monomoy used to skate with Upper Cape Tech before the Rams became big enough to field their own team.
The Rams scored a 5-4 road win against South Shore Voc-Tech last Saturday, December 21, to win their second game of the season in a two-day span.
UCT 5, Old Rochester/Fairhaven 1
After a week-long layoff, it took the Rams a period to shake off the rust against the Bulldogs. Then, in the second period, the visitors erupted for five goals—four of which occurred in less than three minutes—to score their first win of the season at Travis Roy Rink in Tabor last Friday, December 20.
Paling opened the scoring for UCT, striking four minutes into the second period on assists from Cam Lumsden and Kevin Flynn. That gave the Rams a 1-0 lead, and they were far from finished. Thirty seconds later Lumsden made it 2-0 on an assist from Flynn. About 90 seconds after setting up Lumsden’s tally, Flynn ripped off an unassisted goal to make it 3-1 against the Bulldogs in a blink of an eye. Jack Driscoll’s goal, on a Lumsden assist, made it 4-1.
Tom Kalweit added UCT’s fifth goal of the period, finishing off passes from Seth Tomasik and Chris Hanly.
UCT (2-2, 1-0 MAC) hosts Southeastern/West Bridgewater/Bristol-Plymouth—which won the Mayflower Athletic Conference last year and swept the Rams—Saturday, December 28, at 1 PM at Gallo Ice Arena.