Captain Dan Latham ’18 returned to his usual form with a outstanding game to lead the Clippers to a 3-3 tie with Class A Portland/Deering. Although it was a sloppy game in which both teams took a number of undisciplined penalties, the tie will give Yarmouth important Heal Points in the run for a playoff spot in a competitive Class B South division.
Throughout the game, the most impressive part of Latham’s game was his outstanding rebound control. While on extended man-down situations, Latham gave his tired PK unit a break by repeatedly directing shots out of play to get a needed whistle and line change.
In the first period, Yarmouth was thoroughly out-played as Portland moved the puck with impunity in the Clippers’ zone. But for solid goaltending from Dan Latham, the result could have been far worse than the 1-0 lead that Portland took into the locker room.
In the second period, the Clippers finally began to play with some urgency and did a better job of denying time-and-space to Portland’s skill players. Just over five minutes into the period, Dom Morrill ’18 (Decker, May) tied the game with a nice, low shot from the top of the slot.
Yarmouth took the lead just over three minutes later when Morrill added another tally with an assist from Graden Caulfield ’18. However, it only took Portland 39 seconds to tie the game when Walter Lewandowski fired a rebound into an open net. At the second intermission, the teams were tied at two goals apiece.
Portland took the lead in the third when Cameron King registered a power play goal and Yarmouth looked to be in trouble. With 2:38 remaining in the game, Kurt Heywood’s hard work in front of the net paid dividends. On the power play, Sam Marjerison ’19 fed Morrill who blasted a shot on net and Heywood won his battle to bury the rebound to send the game into sudden-death overtime.
In the overtime period, both teams had a number of scoring opportunities, but could not convert them. In net, Latham made 36 saves on 39 shots for a stellar .921 save percentage.