HYANNIS ─ When the Mashpee-Monomoy Monarchs boys varsity ice hockey team hosted the Cape Tech-Cape Cod Academy Crusaders this past weekend, it looked like their lone first-period goal would see them through to a win. Then the Monarchs' penalties piled up as the Crusaders saw their chance and took it, ending the game in a 1-1 tie.
Scoring the late-game goal for the opponents was Mike Looney, who found the net with just 5:45 left in regulation play on an assist by Jacob DiPilato. The goal capped off a fiery third period in which game play became much more physical, chippy and punctuated with penalties.
Each team had just one penalty in the first quarter, with the Monarchs adding three in the second and another four in the third, while the Crusaders added two in both the second and third. Monarchs head coach Shawn Chicoine felt the penalties made all the difference in the game's outcome.
“We started getting penalties, [which] will slow us down,” he said. “If other teams beat us that's one thing. But if we beat ourselves, that's another. That's what happened tonight. We got a few penalties and couldn't keep anything going on the ice.”
The Monarchs struck first in the outing that featured a number of crosstown rivals, with Joe Mackie capitalizing on an opening near the net after being set up by Peter Lucarelli and Tyler Potter at 3:37 in the opening frame.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders struggled to keep the puck away from the Monarchs' sticks and out of their possession.
“I don't think we played our best in the first and second period,” said Cape Tech-CCA head coach Curran Stockwell.
A scoreless second saw both teams amp up their intensity, but it was the third when the Crusaders really turned up the heat on their hosts, controlling the puck and the majority of the game play.
“I think that the third period was more like how I want to see them play, with more dumping the puck in, forechecking, and controlling the zone in their end,” said Stockwell. “We had the puck in their end I would say 85 percent of the third period.”
With the exception of each team's lone goal, both goalies – Jack Daigneault in net for the Monarchs, and freshman Ryan O'Connell filling in on the Crusaders for starting netminder Will Grindell – turned out stellar performances, spurning a number of shots on net, especially in the later part of game play.
“Ryan O'Connell did a great job,” said Stockwell. “That one goal wasn't his fault. It was a bad effort to clear that didn't get out of the zone. He played a great game.”
Chicoine was equally impressed with Daigneault.
“Jack played very well in goal,” he said. “He played out of his mind. He's real steady for us most of the time.”
Other than the aforementioned penalties, Chicoine also felt that his entire squad played well in the outing.
“It was a back-and-forth game, pretty tight,” he said, giving kudos to both his red and blue lines. “We had some good production from a lot of people. We're putting in a new forecheck and it worked out pretty well. It was fun to be a part of, fun to coach, and fun to watch.”
While Stockwell accepted the tie-game outcome, he acknowledged feeling disappointed his team wasn't able to pull off a win.
“If we had a couple pucks bounce off our sticks, a couple more bounces go our way, then hopefully we'd have come out of there with a win, but a tie is better than a loss,” he said. “I'm happy with the way my guys all clawed back and tied the game in the third period. I would have liked to see a couple bounces go our way and come out of there with a win, but you can't get everything you want.”
The Monarchs are at home at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Saturday against Boston Latin with a 5:30 p.m. start, while the Crusaders next game is also against Wareham on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Charles Moore Arena.