The Clippers’ play has been spotty the past few games, but all was forgiven after a strong team effort and more physical play led to a 3-3 tie against first-place Cape Elizabeth. Throughout the game, Captain Cooper May ’18 demonstrated that he is one of the best players in the state as he seemed energized by the increase in physical play and led his team by example. May has impressive offensive skills, but also showed that he is more than willing to mix it up physically. Captain Dan Latham ’18 played his usual, outstanding game between the pipes.
The first two periods were scoreless as both teams struggled to develop scoring opportunities and both Dan Latham and Cape’s Peter Haber easily turned away any bids. In contrast to many games this season, the Clippers established a physical presence early, finished their checks and slowed down Cape’s speedy forwards, which cut down on the number of shots that Latham had to face.
The third period started off with 4 v 4 hockey due to penalties, and Joe Truesdale ’18 took full advantage as he capped a nice rush with an unassisted tally less than a minute into the period. Despite being one of smaller players on the roster, Truesdale seems to thrive in intense, physical games.
Cape bounced back with back-to-back power play goals and took a 2-1 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game. However, May seemed energized and was flying around the ice. With 5:49 remaining in the game, May fired a shot on net and John Decker ’18 crashed the net to put away the rebound. Sam Marjerison ’19 picked up the secondary assist.
With the teams tied at two goals apiece, the game opened up and both teams had numerous scoring opportunities. Latham made a number of great saves and it was Dom Morrill’s turn to contribute some offense .
Morrill and Sam Marjerison broke on a 2-on-1 rush and Morrill buried his shot in the corner. Michael Guertler ’19 and Marjerison were credited with the assists. Morrill played his most physical game of the year, which translated into Morrill being a major factor in the contest.
With 2:09 left in the contest, Yarmouth was poised for an upset of Cape, but a late minor penalty gave Cape an opening and they tied the game on a power play tally with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.
In overtime, the fire-wagon hockey continued as both teams were flying up-and-down the ice, but both netminders were up to the task and the result was a 3-3 tie after the eight-minute overtime period.
The only weakness in Yarmouth’s game was their penalty kill, which was a bit passive, as Cape scored all three goals on three minor and one major penalty. Yarmouth and Cape will meet again in two weeks for a rematch at Troubh Ice Arena in Portland.
Yarmouth has a tough schedule over the next week as they face Edward Little High School, Kennebunk/Wells and Camden Hills all in a span of four days. The Clippers travel to Auburn this Wednesday to take on Edward Little at Norway Savings Bank Arena. Game time is 6:00 pm.
NOTES: In their final game of the season, the Varsity Girls battled to a 4-4 tie in an exciting game before the Boys’ contest. The Hockey Boosters are proud to announce that they raised $228 at the door to benefit the Family of Emma Daley. Emma was a 7th grade student at Harrison Middle School who tragically died this past week.