What’s the hardest road trip in high school sports in the state of Massachusetts? Well, you won’t find many people that argue against the one that is heading over on a boat to Nantucket.
The Mashpee-Monomoy boys’ ice hockey team not only had to contend with the difficult trip on a chilly day on Wednesday, February 10, but also had to contend with arguably the best team in the Cape and Islands League this year, the home squad from Nantucket High. The Whalers have wins over Falmouth, Nauset and Dennis-Yarmouth, and played Sandwich to a tie. When they came over to play the Monarchs on the mainland they skated away with a 6-1 win.
Despite having the deck stacked against them, the Monarchs gave perhaps their best showing of the year and put a legitimate scare into the Whalers. M-M played the home team to a scoreless first period and were in the game all the way before bowing by a 3-1 score.
Playing a disciplined contest, in which M-M landed in the penalty box just once, the visitors had their chances and rode a strong showing in net by Dominic Tsoukalas to give themselves a chance to win. Tsoukalas stopped 30 of the 33 shots on goal that he faced.
Nantucket broke the ice in the second period to take the lead on a goal from Cosmo Tedeschi, his first of two. Mashpee-Monomoy provided a little giddy-up by tying the score six minutes later, at 8:05, when Casey Huse netted his first varsity goal to make it a 1-1 game. Chris Matton, who had a strong all-around game for Mashpee-Monomoy, assisted on the goal.
A quick strike in the third period gave Nantucket both the lead and a hop in its skates. Tedeschi potted his second of the night just 43 seconds into the last period to make it a 2-1 game. M-M was still in the game, and within one, for most of the period, but Marsh Hickman scored a dagger at 11:39 that gave the Whalers a two-goal spread in their favor.
The Monarchs go from one difficult road trip to another this weekend. The team will get on another ferry and hit the other island on Saturday, February 13, for a game against the Vineyarders at 4 PM. They’ll then visit the Charles Moore Arena on Monday to take on Nauset at 5:30 PM.