Monday was a day off from school for all high school students, but Mashpee/Monomoy head coach Chris Peterson was not happy that his team took the day off from playing hard as well. The Monarchs came out of the gate very sluggishly and did not find their game until it was far too late as they were routed by visiting Wareham/Carver, 7-2.
“It was just a really tough game. We just didn’t really show up,” Peterson said. “We’ve been having a hard time getting prepared for the game and then kind of go out on the ice and wait to see what the game is going to be like before we actually decide how we want to play.”
Wareham/Carver did not have those same problems and the uptempo squad struck early and often. With three first-period goals the game was all but over right after it started.
Allowing a five-on-three shorthanded goal was not a great way for things to get going for the Monarchs, but that’s what happened just 4:07 into the game when the talented Quirino DoCanto broke free up the middle and out-skated the Monarchs up the middle of the ice before snapping one behind Dom Tsoukalas to break the ice. James L’Heureux doubled the lead for the visitors at the 7:07 mark by making space in front of the net and burying one under the crossbar.
Wareham/Carver’s true gut punch was delivered at the 13:56 mark. With M/M starting to find some positive plays their hope of going into the locker room down just two goals went by the wayside when Tyler Lovendale buried a rebound of a DoCanto wrist shot.
The Vikings continued to outhustle and outskate the Monarchs in the second period. Wylde LaTulippe sniped a shot from the left dot to make it 4-0 just 3:25 into the period. Then, at 8:08, L’Heureux collected his second of three goals on the night with a shot from the back door, putting the Vikings ahead by five.
Mashpee/Monomoy did get that one right back. Wyatt Archibald scored off a rebound just 16 seconds later to make it a 5-1 game. Jack Vinitsky, who took the initial shot, was credited with an assist.
That goal did not change the game’s complexion, though. M/M fell further behind early in the third as L’Heureux completed his hat trick on the power play. Then DoCanto scored a highlight reel goal to make it 7-1. It was his second shorthanded goal of the night, a reverse flip over the top of the keeper while on the break.
M/M finished the scoring at 11:39 of the third. Casey Fitzgerald scored a power play goal to account for the final tally.
Things did not get much better for the Monarchs against Martha’s Vineyard at home on Wednesday, January 22. The Vineyarders potted two first-period goals and made them stand up in a 5-1 win over the Monarchs.
The lone goal for M/M came off of the stick of junior captain Jack Vinitsky.
The Monarchs hope to get back on the winning track, and end a three-game slide, in which they’ve been outscored 17-4, when they visit Zapustas Arena January 25, at 2:45 PM to take on Cardinal Spellman (2-8). M/M has fallen to 3-6-3 for the season and needs to turn things around quickly to make a playoff push. This will be the second meeting of the year between the clubs. The Monarchs took the first one, back in December, by a 6-0 score.