The Clippers ran into a scrappy Gardiner team and came out on the short end of a 5-2 score. In the opening period, Cooper May started the scoring with an unassisted tally, but Gardiner evened the score 10 seconds later. With less than two minutes left in the first period, Bill Jacobs scored an unassisted power play goal, but 50 seconds later, Gardiner again tied up the game and the teams went into the locker room tied 2-2.
The second period was dominated by Gardiner as the Clippers stopped moving their feet. Gardiner scored two unanswered goals in the second period, including a short-handed tally, and the Clippers were faced with a two-goal deficit going into the final period.
Yarmouth played much better in the third period and had a prime opportunity to cut the lead when Gardiner incurred a five-minute boarding major. However, as they did throughout the game, Gardiner did a good job of getting in the shooting lanes and blocking Yarmouth’s shots, and the Clippers were unable to take advantage of the five-minute man-advantage. Gardiner scored an empty net goal in the last minute of play to make the score 5-2.
Yarmouth heads to Rockport on Saturday, January 7th to face Camden Hills at Mid-Coast Recreation Center. Game time is 5:40 pm.