Circling The Cage

Senior Alex McCarthy takes the puck behind his own net as he attempts to clear the zone during the Canal Cup game at Gallo Ice Arena last night.

The snow did not accumulate as much as feared Thursday, February 18, around Gallo Ice Arena, but the goals did for the Sandwich Blue Knights in the 39th Canal Cup. Sandwich dominated from the outset and took home the annual championship between the teams that both call Gallo Ice Arena their home rink, 9-0.

Sandwich improved to 11-1-2 for the year and has one regular-season game, this weekend against Nauset, before the start of the Cape and Islands League tournament. For Bourne the game was their last of 2021. They end the year at 3-8-1.

Jon Sheehy was named Bourne’s MVP for the night. Mike Barrasso won the award from the Sandwich side, as he played a big hand in the Knights’ lopsided win.

Senior Rob Cardillo paced the offense for Sandwich in the first period as he played a role in the first three of his team’s four first-period strikes. On the first, with SHS on a power play, Cardillo fired a shot from the right circle that beat BHS keeper Nolan Roche (24 saves) but hit the far pipe and caromed out to the opposite circle. Josh Itri collected the rebound, walked the puck to the net and sniped inside the near-side pipe, on the top shelf, for a 1-0 lead.

Cardillo later had a clean breakaway on Roche. The goalie got just enough to stop the initial offering but was helpless to hinder the charging Mike Barrasso, who chipped in the second goal of the game at 7:34.

Two late goals in the first all but put the game out of reach. Cardillo made it 3-0 with an impressive drive to the net through the middle of the ice, sending in a snap shot at 11:30. Then, with just 16 seconds to play in the opening frame, Kevin Jordan deked through the defense and lifted a backhander upstairs for a 4-0 lead after one.

SHS continued to click in the second period. Drew MacKinnon made it 5-0 with a goal at 1:06 with a rocket from the top of the left circle. Exactly one minute later Caleb Richardson snapped one in from the high slot, and then Aiden Barrett got in on the action with a goal at 5:25.

In the third period, Itri snapped home a power-play goal with a shot from high in the slot that was fed to him by Cardillo, who picked up his third assist of the game on the play. Barrett got his second of the game at 12:38, popping in a MacKinnon rebound to account for the final score.

Starting SHS goalie Mitchell Norkevicius halted the seven shots he saw before turning things over to senior Ben Moreno. In his final Canal Cup, Moreno prevented everything sent his way from finding its target. He made 11 saves in the combined shutout. Norkevicius had seven stops.

Bourne’s chances were few and far between. The Knights’ speed and strength advantage kept the ice tilted for large stretches of the evening. The Canalmen’s best chances to score came in the third period, with a power play. Jon Sheehy and Tyler Evans both had quality scoring chances with the advantage, but Moreno made the stops, including a great one to preserve the shutout against Evans.

DRS 7, Bourne 2

Just earning a spot in the South Coast Conference tournament was a win for the Bourne High School boys’ ice hockey team. Unfortunately, come playoff time, no one is concerned with moral victories and BHS was not happy about getting bounced in the first round by Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk.

A late surge in the second period by the top-seeded team in the SCC tourney did in the young Bourne squad. The game was within reach for BHS until the last five minutes of the frame when DRS scored three times, including two in the final 90 seconds, to take control.

A young squad, with several freshmen and 8th graders playing big roles, Bourne has struggled throughout the season with staying out of the penalty box. The inability to do that in the playoff game taught a harsh lesson to the Canalmen, as DRS exploited the opportunities afforded them to score five power-play goals in the game. BHS defenders Jon Sheehy, Caleb Kean, Owen Surrette and Ryan Burgess gave strong efforts, but they were under constant pressure throughout the game as they were killing penalties all night. Bourne was served with nine penalties in the game.

Nolan Roche handled the net for the Canalmen. He made 19 saves.

The game turned late in the second, with about four minutes to go. Ryan McCarthy scored to make it a 2-0 game for DRS, and then with a little over a minute left in the period Colten Nastar popped in a power-play goal for a 3-0 lead.

The true heartbreakers ended the second and started the third, though.

With just 4.7 seconds left in the second, DRS got a goal from Liam Fecteau to make it a 4-0 game. Then, in the opening seconds of the third, the undefeated top seeds struck again, with Nastar getting his second of the night to make it a 5-0 affair.

Bourne’s hopes were dashed at that point, as the hole was just too deep. BHS did get a couple of feel-good goals in the third period, though. Ty Kelley got the first one for Bourne, with assists going to Chris Klueber and Michael Russo. Finishing things up, Joziah DeSouza deposited his first varsity goal. He scored off feeds from Dana Leach and Alex Shavyko to round out the scoring in the penultimate game of the 2021 season for the Canalmen.

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