HYANNIS – The end of the 2018-2019 season proved a roller coaster ride for the Monomoy/Mashpee Monarchs boys varsity ice hockey team, which fell to Middleboro/Hull last Thursday, then defeated East Bridgewater to earn a spot in the playoffs before falling to Foxboro in the preliminary round.
The team was missing a number of players when they took to the ice at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center against Middleboro/Hull, which seemed to work against the home team Monarchs, who fell 3-1 in the mid-morning outing.
The visiting Sachems scored first in the outing, slipping a shot past Monarchs goalie Jack Daigneault with less than six minutes left in the opening frame, which saw the first puck drop shortly after 10:30 last Thursday morning.
The Monarchs evened the score at 6:47 in the second when Tom Dubie capitalized on assists from Max Abboud and Nolan MgGovern, with Daigneault putting forth an impressive performance as he staved off multiple shots on goal by the Sachems.
Unfortunately for the Monarchs, the third period proved their undoing as the Sachems not only broke the tie but added an insurance goal to boot, making the Monarchs' game against East Bridgewater the following morning a must-win.
Though the absence of key players like Noah Tambolleo, Cam Archibald, Cam Coomber, and Brant Butcher certainly had an impact on the home team's overall performance, head coach Chris Peterson wasn't disappointed in his team's efforts.
“They played harder than I thought they were going to and they did not quit the entire game,” he said. “I'm really proud of them.”
Peterson said they pulled two eighth graders up to the varsity level, and he was pleased with their determination.
“One of them was Ryan Flaherty and he was a star. He played fantastic on defense,” Peterson said. “And Mark Rogers played forward and played awesome as well.”
Peterson also said senior Cole Currie had a stellar game.
“He's had a fantastic season,” Peterson said. “He's just been a stone for us.”
The following morning, less than 24 hours after their last game, the Monarchs returned to Hyannis to host East Bridgewater in a make-it-or-break-it outing that would determine whether they made the playoffs. Fortunately for the Monarchs it was a solid win, with the home team prevailing 4-1 against the Vikings.
The visiting Vikings scored first in the game, but the Monarchs were out to avenge the previous day's loss and tied the game on a shot from Abboud on a nice feed from Kyle Gabri. Though the Monarchs were prevented from scoring again in the opening period, they scored their second goal midway through the second, with Abboud in charge again, this time with assists from Gabri and Noah Tambolleo.
Lucas Garneau scored the third goal for the home team with an assist from Currie, with Gabri capping things off with his own goal on assists from Garneau and Tambolleo for a comfortable win.
Unfortunately for the Monarchs, the preliminary round against Foxboro didn't go as well, with the Monarchs falling 5-1 on the road, bringing their 2018-2019 season to a close.