Sandwich’s super sophomore line lit it up against Middleboro High School on Wednesday night at Gallo Ice Arena as the Knights smashed the Sachems, 6-1. Chris Cardillo scored four goals in the game and linemates Collin McIver and Jack Connelly were immense in the passing game. McIver assisted on five goals in the win and Connelly had two.
Sandwich improved to 2-1-1 overall on the season as they played their fourth game in a week to begin the season.
Three first-period goals got things going for the Knights, with the first coming just 2:21 into the contest. Kevin Jordan got it going for the club with a backhander that ran up the keeper and into the goal. Both McIver and Connelly assisted on that one.
Midway through the frame Cardillo picked up his first of two greasy goals in the first. The first one was straight out of Hockey 101 as the forward went to the slot, turned toward the point and redirected a hard shot Logan Munk through the five hole for a 2-0 lead.
Middleboro made it a one-goal game when they capitalized on a mistake by the Knights. SHS lazily attempted to clear the puck out of its own end and it resulted in a turnover that MHS got to the net and rifled a shot from in close on netminder Mitchell Norkevicius. The SHS junior keeper got a piece of the puck, but it bounced in off of his equipment to cut the lead in half.
The sting of that goal was erased two minutes later, with just under three minutes to go in the opening period, when Cardillo canned his second of the frame. This time he parked himself on the edge of the crease and steered a rebound into the far side. Drew McKinnon and McIver, who took the initial shot, assisted.
Harry Delman had the only goal of the second period. He put home a perfect feed from Matt Hemeon on a semi-break for a 4-1 lead three minutes into the period. In the third period Cardillo got two more to finish off the Sachems. The first came at the 6:43 mark, on a power play, and then he netted another at 11:38 to finish things off.
Over the weekend Sandwich went 1-1-1 in the annual Gormley Cup to kick off the season. The Knights blew out Nantucket in their opener on December 9, 5-1, with Cardillo and Jack Connolly each scoring twice and Aiden Richardson having the other. The next game was a 3-3 draw against Marlboro that saw Sandwich rally back from a 3-2 deficit to tie it in the second. The game went to a shootout that Sandwich won but counted as a tie in terms of the standings. Cardillo scored twice in that one and the other goal, which tied it at 3-3, was popped in by Hemeon.
The final game of the Gormley resulted in a tough 3-2 loss to a very good Hanover team. Sandwich made it a one-goal game on a goal from Caleb Richardson with 8:32 left, but despite numerous chances the team could not find the equalizer at crunch time.