HYANNIS – One player can't win a game, but Noah Tambolleo of the Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs certainly gave it his best shot in spite of his team falling 5-1 to the visiting Martha's Vineyard squad on Jan. 9.
Tambolleo scored the first goal of the game at 7:31 in the first period, but it would be the only goal the Monarchs would put on the scoreboard all night as the Vineyarders cruised to a commanding victory.
The majority of the Monarchs skated sluggishly in the outing, which saw Martha's Vineyard even the score at 1-1, just shy of a minute into the second period, before taking a 2-1 edge later in the frame. But the visitors weren't finished scoring in the second, adding one more to their tally before the period was up.
Two more goals got past Monarchs goaltender Jack Daigneault in the final frame, which head coach Chris Peterson attributed to lax defense around the net.
“We played OK in the first,” Peterson said. “Then the wheels started to fall off a little bit. The goal gave us a little bit of energy but we just couldn't get the puck our of our zone a lot of the time. I think we were not on today, and I just don't think we were supporting [Jack] in front of the net. The goals that he let in could have been saves with two guys in front of the net.”
Peterson said the loss of Nolan McGovern to injury was problematic, resulting in the need to shift the lines, which the head coach said threw players off.
“We had to shuffle some lines up from that, and we didn't get the [same intensity],” Peterson said, adding that face offs were also a challenge.
Daigneault, Peterson said, did a stellar job in net, facing more than 30 shots on net during the game.
“I think Jack did really well for the amount of shots and pressure he got on net,” he said.
The good news for the Monarchs is that they were able to turn things around a few days later when they traveled off-Cape to face East Bridgewater, coming away with a 4-0 win.
Noah Tambolleo scored twice in the game, the first goal coming less than a minute into the opening period on an assist by Monomoy teammate Max Abboud, his first of three assists overall. The senior captain struck again with less than a minute left in the first for his second goal.
The game was particularly special for the brothers Coomber, senior Cam and younger brother Tristan, with Tristan netting his first-ever varsity goal on an assist from none other than Cam, who then scored his own goal roughly 40 seconds later.
After the first period, with the Monarchs holding a comfortable 4-0 edge, the game's outcome was up to Daigneault, who didn't disappoint with 26 total saves in his first shutout of the season.
The Monarchs were set to face Nantucket at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Jan. 16 at 4 p.m., with their next home game slated for Jan. 23, also at the HYCC.