Yarmouth ran into a strong Cheverus squad and could not recover from an early two-goal deficit. Cooper May scored both of the Clippers’ goals in the third period, but Yarmouth could not find the tying goal in the final minute of the game. Yarmouth visits Cape Elizabeth this Thursday, February 2nd at 8 pm. Cape’s home rink is Troubh Ice Arena in Portland.
Cheverus dominated play from the opening face-0ff and defensive zone turnovers quickly led to Cheverus taking a two-goal lead. Yarmouth started to play better later in the first period and held Cheverus scoreless in the second period, but the Clippers were far too reliant on Dan Latham making a number of clutch saves.
David Woodford’s wrap-around goal in the third-period gave Cheverus a 3-0 lead and that looked to be the final nail in the coffin, but Cooper May stepped up and showed why he is considered one of the best players in Maine. May made a nifty deke and slid the puck past Jason Halvorsen to cut the lead to 3-1 and then converted a Clippers’ power play with just over a minute remaining in the contest. Yarmouth pulled Latham for the extra attacker, but could not find a scoring opportunity in the final minute.
The Class B South standings are extremely tight and every game has major importance in the race for playoff spots. The Clippers are in in the middle of a run of five games over ten days and will need to pick up wins if they hope to return to the State Final.