Hopefully someone in the Falmouth High School hockey program was able to edit the game tape and put the game’s biggest highlight on YouTube, because Robbie Souza’s game-winner against Bridgewater-Raynham High School is worth watching again and again.
With Tuesday afternoon’s game knotted at 2-2 late in the third period, the Clippers’ senior captain came up with the play of the year—so far—to help FHS avenge its opening-day loss to the Trojans in spectacular fashion. Souza and an opponent met at the red line with a loose puck up for grabs and the senior was able to poke it free, and then put it through the man’s legs before making a beeline around him and skating with fury for the B-R net. Just over the blue line, Souza was hindered by another Trojan, whom he skated past with the puck, and then started to cut across the goal mouth to Christian Cellini’s glove side. As yet another defender attempted to hook him down, Souza was able to snap a backhander up and over Cellini’s glove, putting Falmouth on top by a 3-2 score at 12:04 of the third.
“That goal that he scored, that was for the highlight film,” coach Paul Moore said. “Every time he’s on the ice, he’s one of the best players on the ice, and we tell him that’s what he’s got to be. He’s just done it. Great captain, great leadership.”
FHS hung on from there to win by a 3-2 score, improving to 4-2-1 on the season. The victory avenged an opening-day loss to the Trojans, a game that B-R won 4-0.
Goalie Jake Beaton was the biggest reason that the Trojans did not have their own late game heroics. The senior keeper, who is also one of the team’s captains, halted 18 of 20 shots on net, including a handful after Souza’s strike. He survived a scramble with 23 seconds left in the game that saw a troika of Trojans chopping away at a loose puck in front. With 1.6 seconds to go Beaton gloved a slapper by Justus Daniels in the slot, preserving the victory.
The late saves by Beaton helped the senior shake off a goal that he would have liked to have had back earlier in the period. With FHS up 2-1, Beaton gave up a goal on a shot he should have had as Mike Hiltz’s wrister from the right side tipped off the edge of his catching glove and into the back of the goal. The senior shook off the mistake and came up huge when it mattered most, earning his third win between the pipes for the club this year.
“He got the game puck, and deservedly so,” Moore said. “Bridgewater’s a good team, and they keep coming at you.”
puck for the mantel was also handed out to freshman Patrick Coyne, who netted his first varsity goal of the year early in the second period to give FHS a 1-0 advantage. His wrister from the left face-off dot hit a defender on the way to the net and deflected past Cellini. Just 93 seconds later FHS doubled the lead with a power-play goal. Cam Tobey slipped a pretty pass from the left point through traffic to his older brother, Tom, who tipped the puck in for a 2-0 lead at the 3:00 mark of the second.
B-R called a timeout after that and skated with strength the rest of the second. They cut into the FHS lead with a goal at the 8:30 mark of the second when John Dray put home a feed from Ryan Swart on a 2-on-1 break to make it a 2-1 game.
B-R later tied it early in the third on the goal by Hiltz, but Souza’s breakaway later won it for the home team.
FHS hosts Barnstable tomorrow at 4 PM.