Tuesday night’s contest was a tale of two games as St. Dominic’s Academy dominated the first period and out-shot Yarmouth 10-3 and the Clippers, in turn, out-shot St. Dom’s 10-4 in the final period. Owen Ramsay’s winning goal with 5 seconds remaining in the game ends the Clippers five-game skid after a 6-3-1 start to the season. Yarmouth heads into its last two games of the regular season in the final playoff spot, and the games against Greely and Cape Elizabeth will be important contests for playoff seedings.
Despite being out-played in the first period, the Clippers were only down 1-0 thanks to the outstanding play of Dan Latham. Similar to last year, Latham’s play has been so strong and consistent that it has become expected.
The second period did not start much better. Less than one minute into the period, St. Dom’s extended their lead to two goals, but Yarmouth’s play slowly improved as the game progressed. At 8:12 in the second period, Owen Ramsay fired a wide shot from the point, which bounced off the end boards and Bill Jacobs was there to bang home the loose puck. With the lead cut in half, Yarmouth finally started to generate some offense.
In the final period, Yarmouth woke up and managed to out-shoot St. Dom’s 10-4. Despite the disparity in shots on net, the Clippers struggled to generate quality scoring opportunities even with a two-man advantage. Finally, Yarmouth focused on simply getting pucks and bodies to the net and, with 1:59 remaining in the game, Captain Owen Ramsay’s shot through traffic found the back of the net for a power-play goal to tie the game. Cooper May was credited with the assist. But Ramsay and the Clippers were not finished.
With 5 seconds remaining in the game, Ramsay slapped a loose puck through traffic, which beat St. Dom’s net-minder for the dramatic, game-winning tally. Chris Romano and Dom Morrill picked up the assists.
The game was part of Yarmouth Hockey’s fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Coaches v. Cancer program. St. Dom’s, a legendary and storied hockey program, made a generous donation to the fundraiser, and Yarmouth wore purple skate laces and used purple tape in support of the fight against ovarian cancer. Combined, the Yarmouth Boys and Girls teams raised over $2,500 for cancer research.