Heading into the final period of Wednesday night's tilt at the Falmouth Ice Arena, the Falmouth High School boys' ice hockey team had to feel like there was a force field around the other goal. Through the first five periods of the season the Clippers had yet to put a puck behind the goalie.
It's not like they hadn't had chances. FHS fired 26 shots on goal during the first two periods against Coyle and Cassidy and dominated every facet of the hockey game, except where it matters the most, on the scoreboard. C-C's Pat Dorsey scored the lone goal of the first 30 minutes of action, backhanding one past FHS goalie Jake Beaton (13 saves) on a breakaway at 9:21 of the second.
“That's what we were talking about. Who's going to crack the egg? We didn't score at B-R, and we didn't have any in the Hingham (scrimmage). You want to get comfortable and (Assistant Coach) John (Turner) said it between periods, 'when we get one they're going to come in floods,' because we absolutely dominated that game,” Falmouth Head Coach Paul Moore said.
It seems that Coach Turner is a bit of a soothsayer. With senior captain Robbie Souza leading the way, Falmouth scored early in the third and liked the feeling so much that they went on to add three more after that to defeat the visitors by a 4-2 score. Souza secured a hat trick in the third period for FHS and Arlin Moore had the other Clippers' lamp-lighter.
For Coach Moore, the victory is the first of his career as the top man in the FHS program. He was clearly energized following the game and could not contain his excitement. “I'm so proud of these guys that worked so hard. They deserved that. It was 45 minutes, and they battled…they never quit, and that's the sign of a good team,” he said. “The way they did it, coming from behind, they just didn't let up. I thought we did a good job in all three zones tonight and we just didn't give up.”
Souza's first of the night came at the 4:20 mark of the third, knotting things up at 1-1. A shot from the right side whistled behind the net and came out to Andrew Parkinson, whose shot was deflected by the Warriors. Souza collected the puck in front and roofed it to make it a 1-1 game.
Less than two minutes later Arlin Moore gave FHS the lead, 2-1, with a power play goal. Freshman defenseman Cam Tobey flung a wrist shot off the left wing wall toward the net and Moore redirected it by the goalie to give FHS its' first lead of the year.
The lead didn't last long. Coyle and Cassidy came back to tie it up on a one-timer from the doorstep just 90 seconds later. Connor Flynn picked up the goal for the visitors.
At crunch time, Souza came through for FHS, scoring twice in a span of just seven seconds to make it 4-2. With the teams skating four aside, Mike Gage corralled the puck in the right wing corner and skated it behind the cage, coming out the other side. Gage fluttered a pretty pass across the goal mouth to the far side post where Souza put it home to regain the lead.
The senior then completed his hat trick with a highlight reel-worthy goal. With the Warriors still hanging their collective heads, Souza won the ensuing draw and sprinted up the ice, lifting a pretty backhander over the goalie just seven seconds after the previous goal.
For Souza, the third period output of goals matches his entire total for his junior season. He finished last year with three goals, and six assists.
“He put the team on his back, that's leadership, and that's what we're looking for,” Moore said.
FHS will look to make it two in a row when they hit the road tomorrow night and visit Charles Moore Arena in Orleans to face Nauset. Game time is set for 7 PM. NHS dropped its opener to Marshfield at home on Wednesday, 8-1.