The environment at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center was typically hostile for the Falmouth High School boys’ ice hockey team, but jeers were nothing compared to the stomach bug that the Clippers’ roster has been having to fight through for the past week. No amount of adversity was going to keep the Clippers from taking down Barnstable, though, as FHS won an atypically one-sided game against their rivals on the road, 6-0, in front of a packed house at the HYCC on Wednesday.

“I think we imposed our will on them a little bit. I know [Coach Tim Grace of Barnstable] has the same problems, he’s got guys hurt, we’ve got guys in there hacking and coughing, everyone tested negative but I have a whole squad in there that left everything they had on the ice,” FHS Head Coach Paul Moore said. “I was proud of the way that we played.”

With a rock solid showing by the defense, Falmouth dictated the tempo and action from the drop of the puck. The first two goals of the game for FHS were scored by defenders, both of whom jumped up into the play and helped on a rush. Connor Hennigan opened the scoring for FHS in the first period, putting in a rebound on the weak side on a 2-on-1 break. Daren McDonald, who was one of the most sick members of the team all week, poked the puck free at the blue line to send Bud Driscoll streaking up the left side. Driscoll’s wrist shot came off of Aden Mehta’s pads and was snapped into the empty far side for a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the first.

In the second it was another defenseman that made it 2-0. Chris Shanahan did exactly what Hennigan had done earlier, and jumped up on the break and rode the far side with McDonald, who skated onto a chip off the wall by Kevin Coyne. The Barnstable defense focused on McDonald and fell to the ice, which opened an open lane for McDonald to slide it over to Shanahan for the touch past Mehta just 32 seconds into the second to make it 2-0.

Freshman Kele Gregory got his first varsity goal later in the third to make it a three-goal game. Gregory camped in front of the net and was the recipient of a great wrap-around feed from Charlie Bardelis at 7:08 to put FHS up three.

Moore said that his third line had a fantastic overall game, and their ability to dominate against the Hawks helped put FHS over the top.

“Getting that depth of scoring, that makes all of the difference,” Moore said.

In the third period Falmouth simply dropped the hammer, scoring three more times. Bardelis scored less than two minutes into the frame, off a great feed from behind by Gabe Meehan. Later in the period Bardelis sent a long pass out of the defensive zone straight up the middle of the ice that McDonald skated in on Mehta and easily put away for a 5-0 lead. The capper came late in the contest on the power play as Shanahan fed Nate Hopwood in the right circle for a snap shot. Hopwood’s bid was saved, but Matt Quinlan batted home the rebound with a backhander for his fourth of the year.

In goal, Jack Braga did not have to make too many tough saves. With Tommy Peterson, Kyle Souza, Shanahan and Hennigan keeping BHS pinned to the outside, the keeper swept aside seven shots in each period for the 21-save whitewash. The shutout was Braga’s third of the season.

Falmouth remained one of just a handful of undefeated teams remaining in the state as they improved to 6-0-1 overall, and 1-0 in the Cape and Islands League. Dedham will come to town on Sunday at 1:40 PM for a non-league game before FHS hosts Sandwich next Wednesday at 7 PM in a game that will be first place in the league standings.

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