Needing a bounce-back performance desperately, the Falmouth High School boys’ ice hockey team turned it up a notch and took its frustrations out on Nauset at the Charles Moore Arena on Wednesday, February 10. Senior captain Stone Devlin led the charge for the Clippers with a performance that not only inspired his team, but impressed his coach.
Devlin had three goals and an assist to help power FHS past the Warriors 5-0. The win kept FHS undefeated in league play and gives it a chance to win the regular season league championship with a win or tie against Barnstable on Monday, February 15, at the Falmouth Ice Arena.
“Stone was a one-man wrecking crew,” head coach Paul Moore said of his team’s first-line centerman. “He played a great game.”
Devlin’s four-point night allowed him to move closer to his 100th career point. He now needs 10 more points, with at least four games left. FHS has games with Milton on Saturday, then Barnstable and Martha’s Vineyard to wrap up the regular season. The team will also have at least one playoff game.
Devlin and teammate Max McDonald scored back-to-back goals late in the first period to give FHS a boost late in the opening frame. Harry Hennessy also assisted on Devlin’s goal, which came at 13:37, and Chris Shanahan also assisted on McDonald’s, at 14:09.
In the second period Falmouth made it a 3-0 game thanks to junior James Walden at 2:32. After a face-off win by the Clippers, the puck found Walden at the edge of the slot and he snapped it through the keeper for the first varsity goal of his career.
Devlin got his second of the night later in that period, at 13:42, to make it a four-goal game. McDonald assisted on that one. In the third, just 39 seconds in, he completed the hat trick, with McDonald and Harry Hennessy getting the helpers.
In net, Jack Braga did not have to do a ton, making 10 saves to record the shutout. He did face four breakaways in the game, though, and he shut down all four. Shanahan was excellent defensively throughout the game, and Patrick Gonsalves also had a strong all-around game.