Yarmouth faced a must-win situation against the Gorham Rams and kept the fans on edge until Cooper May scored in overtime to pull out the win. With the victory, the Clippers improve to 4-3-1 and face Portland/Deering this Thursday at Portland Ice Arena. Game time is 5:40 pm.
The game did not start well for Yarmouth as they were thoroughly dominated off the opening face-off and gave up a goal only 27 seconds into the game. After a rough start, the Clippers finally settled down and began to move the puck effectively against the Rams.
Midway through the period, Yarmouth tied the game on a picture-perfect play. Good puck possession in the defensive zone by Spencer King and Sam Marjerison moved the puck up to Bennett Travers at left wing who fed a wheeling Chris Romano to create a 2-on-1 rush. On the odd-man rush, Romano made a nice pass to Cooper May who buried his shot to tie the game.
The goal seemed to give Yarmouth more confidence and the Clippers began to dominate possession as their forecheck kept Gorham bottled up in their zone. However, Gorham took the lead in the second period when they converted a 5 v 3 power play, but Yarmouth kept battling and Dom Morrill scored an unassisted goal to tie the game on a delayed penalty. Morrill had another strong game as he established a more physical presence and got in shooting lanes to block shots in the defensive zone.
The teams were tied 2-2 going into the final period, but Chris Romano broke the deadlock on a goal assisted by Cooper May. May then capped an end-to-end rush with a goal that was called off by a controversial call that the net had been knocked off its mooring. A photograph of the play showed that Gorham net-minder Noah Bird pushed the goal post off its mooring while May was in the act of shooting, which should have resulted in a good goal call by the referees. Unfortunately, the officials did not have the luxury of video review.
Despite the waived goal, the Clippers seemed to have the game in hand, but a costly turnover at Yarmouth’s blue line led to a breakaway and tying goal by Gorham’s Carter Landry. With the game tied at three goals apiece, the teams went into sudden-death overtime, but is was to be a short one. Less than a minute into the overtime period, Cooper May found himself in the slot with the puck and fired home the game-winning goal.