It’s early in the year, but the Sandwich boys’ ice hockey team already has a signature win under its belt.
The Knights played an efficient game against visiting Barnstable at Gallo Ice Arena and took advantage of a rusty BHS team that had yet to play a game this season. After adrenaline carried BHS through a fast-paced first period and a 1-0 lead, the Knights pulled it together and dominated the final 30 minutes on their way to a 3-1 win at Gallo Ice Arena Thursday, January 21.
SHS is now 3-0-1 overall.
After watching Barnstable nearly grab the lead at the end of the second period, only to have the clock run out on them, SHS entered the third period needing to kill off a 5-on-3 power play for 23 seconds, and were shorthanded for the first two minutes entirely. The SHS PK unit came up huge, led by Drew McKinnon, Colin McIver and Mike Barrasso. That threesome was huge as BHS managed just one shot goal during their advantage.
After that it was all Knights. Robert Cardillo provided the lead for the Knights at the 4:32 mark of the third with a nice wraparound from behind the goal. Sweeping around to the right of BHS goalie Zach Harmon, Cardillo sneaked the puck through the five hole to put his team ahead.
McIver then iced it for SHS with 2:49 remaining in the game. The sophomore was all alone in front of the net and missed the puck with a whack. Rather than panic, he reloaded and let a second try go. This time he connected fully and the puck found twine to pad the lead and put the game out of reach.
In net, Mitchell Norkevicius was rock solid. After giving up a goal late in the first period he settled down to stop the next 13 shots in a row that he faced, including two late in the third period with Barnstable pulling its keeper for an extra attacker.
Earlier, Sandwich tied the game up early in the second period at 1-1 when senior defenseman Tim Clark, who had a strong all-around game for the Knights, took measure of what was in front of him and took advantage of it. With the Knights cycling the puck effectively down low, captain Mike Barasso slid it back to Clark on the left point. With a ton of traffic between Clark and BHS goalie Zach Harmon, Clark let a wrist shot fly and hoped it might find its mark.
It did. Harmon never saw the shot until it was bouncing around in the back of the net after sailing past his glove.
SHS carried the bulk of the play through the remainder of that period, but were unable to get the go-ahead. They then caught a huge break at the very end of the second. With Barnstable on a power play, and the referee signaling that another penalty was coming against SHS, the visitors found winger Garrett Dunne on the edge of the crease for a back door snipe that beat goalie Mitchell Norkevicius to the near side. Fortunately for the Knights, though, the green light signaling the end of the period brightened the slightest of moments before the red light flickered and the goal did not count. The teams went to the third period tied at 1-1.
Sandwich 3, Nantucket 3
Nantucket goalie James Culkins was the small division’s Most Valuable Player last year in the Cape and Islands League and the Whalers’ star netminder showed exactly why in his home rink on Monday, January 18. Culkins made 37 saves against the Blue Knights and helped the Whalers steal a point away from them in a game that finished in a 3-3 draw.
It looked like the Knights would run away with a win by scoring themselves a fast 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to goals from Jack Greeley—on the power play—and Chris Cardillo. Greeley’s goal came at the 3:14 mark of the first, and then Cardillo got his at 9:07.
Nantucket rallied back late in the first period to score a pair in the final five minutes. Cole Evans made it a 2-1 game at 10:47 and then Jack Gaminons found the back of the net at 12:12 to send the game to the intermission knotted up.
It stayed that way until the third period. The Whalers scored a power-play goal at 2:33, off the stick of captain Marsh Hickman. Down 3-2, the Knights fought back to get it to even at 7:05 as Colin Norkevicius netted the equalizer for the visiting team. Caleb Richardson assisted on the tying goal, as well as both of the previous SHS strikes.
Sandwich 6, SJP2 1
In their second game of the season the Blue Knights got six goals from six different players as they routed St. John Paul II High School at Gallo. SHS jumped to an early lead in the game and never trailed as they rolled to pick up win number two.
Just 2:31 into the game Sandwich took the lead for good, thanks to a goal from Colin McIver at the 2:31 mark, which was set up by Mitchell Norkevicius. A minute later, after getting called for a penalty, SHS doubled the lead with a shorthanded goal. McIver assisted, along with Drew McKinnon, on the shorty by Caleb Richardson.
SJP2 scored midway through the first to make it a 2-1 game, but that was the last offensive highlight for the Lions.
Sandwich went up by two again in the second period. Matt Hemeon scored the first goal of his varsity career off a feed from McKinnon for a 3-1 lead. In the third Sandwich blew it wide open with three more goals. Rob Cardillo scored right after the period began, while Jack Greeley and Michael Itri had late goals. For Itri it was his first in a varsity uniform.