HYANNIS – The lucky number was seven in the Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs boys ice hockey game against Wareham/Carver on Monday, but it wasn't the Monarchs who were lucky. Instead, the home team fell 7-2 to the Vikings in an outing that left head coach Chris Peterson shaking his head.
“It was just a really tough game,” said Monarchs head coach Chris Peterson. “We didn't show up. We've been having a hard time getting prepared for the game. We kind of go out on the ice and wait to see what the game is going to be like before we actually decide how we want to play.
Not even a 5-on-3 worked in the Monarchs' favor, but instead led to the Vikings first goal of the game when Quirino DoCanto III crashed the net and sent the puck past Monarchs goalie Dom Tsoukalas's left glove.
“When you give up a 5-on-3 power play goal right away that's tough,” Peterson said. “It kind of just sucks the confidence out of anything you've got going.”
Indeed, the already lackluster Monarchs seemed further deflated after the breakaway score, their game filled with slow skating and costly mistakes.
“There were sloppy passes on the breakouts, sloppy passes in the neutral zone,” Peterson said. “It was frustrating. Frustrating as a whole game.”
The Vikings went on to score twice more in the opening frame before adding another two in the second quarter, and two more in the third. Meanwhile, it took the Monarchs until 7:18 in the second to find the scoreboard, with Wyatt Archibald making good on a pass from Jack Vinitsky. The home team's next, and final goal came at 11:49 in the third, a solo shot from Casey Fitzgerald.
“Casey Fitzgerald worked really hard,” Peterson said, who also gave a shoutout to netminder Josh Lovely. “I didn't even give him time to prep. He let in two goals, but by then...”
Perhaps as evidence of the Monarchs’ underwhelming performance were the overall penalties, with the Vikings earning nine total during the game, while the Monarchs had just four.
With a tilt against Martha's Vineyard slated for Jan. 22 and a trip off-Cape to face Cardinal Spellman on Jan. 25 (2:45 p.m.), as well as the team's next home game against Nantucket on Jan. 29 (4 p.m.), Peterson said he hoped his team could regroup.
“We have to bounce back,” he said.