Unforced turnovers, special teams play and a four-minute stretch in the first period all combined into a 4-1 loss to first-place Greely. Yarmouth’s performance against Cape and Greely has shown that the key to the Clippers’ success in the post-season will be more consistent, physical play and simple, blue-collar hockey.
In the opening minutes, Yarmouth came out flying and played well. However, Greely is a skilled squad and back-to-back Yarmouth penalties resulted in two power play goals in just over a minute. Greely then tacked on another goal a little over 2 minutes later when Yarmouth’s defense failed to take the body and Greely’s Jake McDonald walked in untouched for the tally. In a span of four minutes, the Clippers suddenly found themselves facing a three-goal deficit.
In the second period, play became a bit chippy and the Clippers showed some life. However, the Yarmouth power play unit was unable to convert any of its four man-advantage chances. Late in the second period, Cooper May gave the Clippers a boost with an unassisted goal and Greely took a 3-1 lead into the locker room.
In the final period, the Clippers seemed to fade and an unforced turnover on a breakout allowed Greely to keep the puck in the Yarmouth zone, which led to Greely’s final goal.
The Clippers will celebrate Senior Night at their final regular season game this Thursday against Gardiner at home. Game time is 7:10 pm.