Knights Knock Around Nauset In Boys' Hockey
By: Dan Crowley, January 17, 2014
It was all even after the first period Wednesday night, as the Knights battled Nauset (2-6, 1-4 ACL) to a scoreless stalemate after the first 15 minutes of play.
“I thought we had a great first period, our forecheck was working the best it has been all year,” coach Jordan Mohre said. “Nauset battled us. There were a lot of one-on-one battles.”
After that scoreless opening period, everything went wrong for the Nauset Warriors as the Blue Knights pumped in seven goals in the span of nine and a half minutes, defeating the Warriors 9-0.
They were dirty area goals,” Coach Mohre pointed out. “We scored from spots on the ice where you pay a price to be there. Once Alex (Cabana) scored that first one I think it gave us a spark.”
Cabana scored the first of his two second period goals to open the scoring, assisted by Jon Cassista. A minute and a half later Matt Brooks drilled the back of the Nauset net off a face-off to the right of the goalie. It only took another minute before Cassista had Zack Gorrasi set up in the high slot from where he blew a shot past the Nauset netminder. Ben Maciel also assisted on the play as Sandwich quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
While the Warriors were stunned by the flurry of Sandwich goals, what was to come blew them away. With 6:22 to play in the period Cabana skated across the slot and directed a backhander into the net off a pass from Gorrasi. That proved to be enough for Nauset goalie Justin Smith, who left the game, turning the Warrior goaltending duties over to Patrick Baker.
Two minutes later Max Kent snapped off a wrist shot from the goalie’s left that found the net, welcoming Baker to the game. Nick Buttafuoco picked up the assist.
The Knights were still cooking, and with 2:49 to play in the period, Brooks scored his second goal of the period as he fought off defenders on the left side to get off a shot that eluded the goalie. Cole Tobin was given the assist. The Knights then topped off the period as they continued to score against the stunned Warriors as Gorrasi picked up his second of the period off a wrist shot from out in front of the net off a nice set-up pass from Cassista.
The third period opened a little differently from the way the second had ended as Max Kent fired a blast from the left side face-off circle that zipped past Baker. Two minutes later Maciel, one of the Sandwich defensemen, moved up and, collecting a pass from Cabana, launched a shot from the top of the left side face-off circle that hit just inside the far post.
Sandwich goalie Craig Hatfield made four very solid saves down the stretch, with two of them coming off a shot and a quick follow-up on a rebound in front of the SHS net by Nauset’s Kenny Keyes.