HYANNIS – Fresh off a big win against Barnstable, the Nauset Warriors boys varsity hockey team conquered the Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs 3-0 in a fast-paced outing at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Jan. 26.
Freshman JJ Alger kicked things off for the Warriors, sending in the game's first goal at 6:22 in the first period with help from teammates Nick Dadoly and Cam Hull to give Nauset an early 1-0 lead. A minute later, Shane Silva made it 2-0 when he capitalized on assists from Alger and Myles Walther.
Although the Monarchs turned up the heat in the second period, a quick-acting Walther saw an opening and pounced, sending in the Warriors' final goal of the game less than four minutes into the frame on an assist from Ryan Redihan.
From then on the Warriors fought hard to get past the Monarchs defense but were unable to find the net once more.
Meanwhile, the Monarchs, celebrating Senior Night, looked to senior Noah Tambolleo to score, but each time the formidable forward neared the net, Nauset goaltender Chase Holm was ready. Holm would come away from the shutout with 10 saves, while Monarchs goalie Jack Daigneault made 42 for the home team, which also saw strong play from Cole Currie, Cam Archibald, Cam Coomber, and Kyle Gabri.
While Nauset head coach Sal Manganaro was pleased with the win, he said he knows his team can do better.
“We'll take it,” he said. “I don't think it was one of our best performances, but we've had a pretty good stretch here, a pretty good run, and a big win against Barnstable earlier in the week. This just wasn't as smooth as we had hoped.”
Manganaro gave credit to the hard-fighting Monarchs squad.
“Monomoy-Mashpee played really hard,” he said. “They kept coming at us. We got the win, so I'm happy, but a lot of room for improvement.”
Manganaro said CJ Still played a “fantastic” game, as did Nick Dadoly, and also gave a nod to Noah Tambolleo of the Monarchs.
“He's been a thorn in our side for four or five years on that team,” Manganaro said. “We've always gotta keep an eye on him. He's a great kid from a great family. We're sad to see him go, but we know he's going to do a great job wherever he goes.”
While Monarchs head coach Chris Peterson was disappointed for his team, he appreciated their intensity.
“We had a slow start in the first period but then we kind of picked it up,” Peterson said. “Then the game got a lot more even. I was happy with how they played. I wish we had a couple more shots on net, but besides that we played pretty well.”
Peterson gave kudos to his seniors, Monomoy's Noah Tambolleo, Cam Archibald, Cam Coomber, and Cole Currie, and Mashpee's Nolan McGovern and goaltender Jack Daigneault, with a special nod to Daigneault.
“He did a great job, again,” Peterson said. “Noah and Cole also played fantastic.”
Nauset, meanwhile, was riding the high of defeating longtime rival Barnstable 4-3 on Jan. 23 thanks to a three-goal second period against the Raiders.
Hull found the net first in the outing, scoring Nauset's first goal at 3:48 in the first period, but Barnstable tied the game at 1-1 soon after.
Then came the Warriors' dominating second period that kicked off when Ben Winslow sent in a shot on an assist from Walther, the first of two for the senior captain. Walther then found Hull open, giving Nauset a 3-1 edge before Walther himself scored on an assist from Shane Silva.
The Raiders then chipped away at Nauset's commanding lead, but senior captain Holm in goal managed to keep his foes at bay until the final buzzer.
“It was just something the boys have really worked towards for three of four years,” said Manganaro. “They had their sights set on them. They wanted to play them this year and asked me to put them on the schedule. It was just a really, really big win for our program. It was a huge win for the boys.”
Next up for the Warriors is a home game against Falmouth at the Charles Moore Arena set for Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., with the Monarchs travel to Nantucket on Feb. 6 for a 5:15 p.m. game.