The Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs' offense was on top of its game Saturday night against East Bridgewater, but defensive issues led the visitors to a 5-2 victory in boys varsity ice hockey action.
The Vikings found the net early in the outing and take a 2-0 edge, but Monomoy captain Noah Tambolleo managed to cut their lead in half with a shot past the East Bridgewater goalie at 9:33 in the first period to make it 2-1.
Unfortunately, while the Monarchs' offense was solid, the defense struggled, allowing the visiting Vikings to net two more goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead into the final frame, during which the Monarchs were able to strike again.
This time Mashpee captain Josh Vinitsky sent one in on an assist from Tambolleo to again slash the Vikings’ lead, but a fifth goal from East Bridgewater during a man-down situation for the Monarchs clinched the win for the Vikings.
“We just didn’t show up in the defensive zone,” said Monarchs head coach Chris Peterson, who acknowledged his disappointment post-game. “Our D just decided to watch the play instead of showing up to make things happen, and that’s how [East Bridgewater] got all its goals, easy one-timers and rebounds.”
Peterson said the defensive play was in stark contrast to the Monarchs' offense.
“In the offensive zone we were able to move the puck, cycle it, and do a great job keeping control,” he said. “In the neutral zone we were making some great passes, and the breakouts were good. It was really that once they got the puck in our zone they controlled it.”
Peterson gave kudos to Ben Roza in goal, and Noah Tambolleo.
“He’s the hardest worker on our team,” Peterson said.
On Jan. 6 the Monarchs posted a much-needed win when the team defeated Cape Tech/CCA 5-1 in Hyannis for their second victory of the season.
Tambolleo, Will Wahtola, and Cam Coomber each had a goal and assist in the game, with Kyle Gabri the first to find the net in the game, scoring the only goal of the first period with an assist from Wahtola.
The Monarchs went on to score three more goals in the second period, the first from Wahtola, with assists from Cole Currie and Tambolleo, with Tambolleo making good on assists from Vinitsky brothers Josh and Jack. Coomber then made it 4-0 with his successful shot, with assists from Jack Vinitsky and Cam Archibald.
Max Abboud netted the Monarchs' final goal in the third period, with help from Coomer and Brant Butcher, with the Crusaders finding their way to the scoreboard in the same period on a goal from Jonah Rivers, with assists from Adam Beal and Will Grindell.
The teams were set to face each other again on Jan. 17, with the Monarchs hosting South Shore Voke Saturday night (Jan. 20) at 7:15 p.m. in Hyannis.