Cardillo Carries It In

Rob Cardillo, playing for the Falmouth squad in the Buzzards Bay Showdown, fires a shot on goal during his team’s game against Hingham.

Falmouth dominated the first two periods against Bridgewater-Raynham Thursday, March 18, at Gallo Ice Arena, but had nothing to show for it, with the game knotted up 0-0. Things opened up in the third period and B-R took advantage, posting a 4-1 win in each team’s final game at the first Buzzards Bay Showcase. The loss ended the team’s hopes of playing further into the weekend as they finish 1-2.

B-R capitalized on the chances it got in the fourth against a defense that had kept them at bay until the 4:54 mark of the third period when a turnover in the zone led the game’s first goal. Shane Breslin fired from the top of the left wing circle and Dean Mason changed the trajectory of the bid from the doorstep, tipping it past Jack Braga.

Falmouth got that one right back a minute later on a goal by Kevin Norwood, of Plymouth. The forward snapped a nice feed from Rob Cardillo, of Sandwich, to tie the score at 1-1.

Before that celebration ended the Trojans got the lead back. Sean McInnis let one fly from a tough angle to beat Braga to the far side at 7:44. They got another, on a power play, from a shot from almost the same spot, with 2:38 to play in regulation.

With time getting short, Falmouth pulled the keeper and looked to make something happen. Daren McDonald came close on a toe-drag move and Stone Devlin missed with a shot that went a tad wide before B-R scored an empty netter to ice it with 58 seconds left.

Cardillo, who might have had the best game of anyone on the ice, nearly put Falmouth ahead in the final seconds of the second period. With his team having the best of it the entire frame, Cardillo charged the net as teammate Joe Lawrence lined up a bomb from the top of the left circle. The B-R keeper stopped the shot with his pad, but the rebound found Cardillo on the edge of the crease. The former Blue Knights star chipped at the rebound and just missed putting it inside a vacant corner, with the shot going inches wide.

Earlier in the tournament, Falmouth scored a 5-3 win in the opener against Newton South. Cardillo, Evan Hallissey (Plymouth No.), and Daren McDonald each had a goal and Kevin Norwood (Plymouth No.) had two. The second game, against Hingham, was close most of the day and got a bit ugly late. Falmouth led 2-0 in the first, but dropped an 8-4 decision as the game got out of hand in the last five minutes. McDonald had a hat trick for Falmouth in the game. The other goal was netted by Norwood.

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