Cape Cod Furies, Nauset, DY/CCT/CCA Boys Hockey Set For State Tournaments

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Hockey

Nauset senior co-captain Pete Murphy, right, gives freshman goaltender Arthur Figueiredo a high-five.  BRAD JOYAL FILE PHOTO

Cape Cod Furies head coach Zach Wells couldn’t help but let some emotions slip out after he saw the team drew a home game against Reading in the opening round of the Division 1 state tournament.

“When I first saw it, I think I laughed out loud because of the odds,” said Wells, the first-year coach for the Furies, a co-op team open to girls from Nauset, Monomoy and Cape Cod Tech.

Wells was on the bench as an assistant last winter when Reading ended the Furies’ season with a 1-0 win when the teams met at Charles Moore Arena in the first game of last year’s state tournament.

Now Wells — who replaced Connor Brickley after he moved over to coach Nauset’s boys squad — and the 15th-seeded Furies (11-8-1) will get a second chance at No. 18 Reading (12-6-2) when the teams meet again in the Round of 32 at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday in Orleans.

“To see Reading on our schedule was kind of wild,” Wells said. “What more do you want than to see a team that knocked you out a little bit earlier than you should’ve been last year? I think the girls are excited — I know that I’m excited to see them again.

“I think it’s very fitting to have them coming back to Orleans for a first-round matchup again. It’ll be interesting to see how we do.”

The Furies will kick off a doubleheader Wednesday night at Charles Moore Arena. The fourth-seeded Nauset boys team (15-5-0) will follow with a Division 3 Round of 32 game against No. 29 Pentucket (10-10-10) at 7:10 p.m.

Having both teams play on the same night should provide both with an advantage, according to Wells.

“For us to be able to play back-to-back is so huge for both teams to have that environment knowing that the other team is cheering for you,” he said. “We’ve never really had a problem traveling, but to be in a home environment and knowing when you’re showing up to the rink, not having to worry about buses or traffic…That kind of stuff adds up.”

The Furies finished the regular season with a pair of road games, a 2-0 win over Pope Francis and a 5-2 loss to Bishop Feehan. Wells said he’s hopeful those games will serve as a reminder that the team with the most effort and energy usually prevails in the postseason.

“Whoever shows up and wants to win is going to be who has success in the state tournament,” he said. “Everyone’s record is the same — zero wins and zero losses — you’re just trying to go as far as you can. That attitude and sense of urgency needs to be there for every game we play, every period and every shift.”



The Dennis-Yarmouth/Cape Cod Tech/Cape Cod Academy co-op team (13-8-1) enters the postseason as the No. 7 seed in the Division 4 state tournament, where it will face No. 26 Bourne (8-11-1) in a Round of 32 matchup at 6:10 p.m. Thursday at Tony Kent Arena.

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