The Yarmouth Clippers had their first meeting of the season on Thursday night at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth against defending Class B State Champions Greely High School. The game was everything you would have expected from two neighboring towns. The pace of play was quick and hectic, as both teams had something to prove. Greely put on a shooting clinic in the first period, but was only able to sneak one past Yarmouth goaltender, Charles Henry Watson (’22), from a bumbled play at the blue line which resulted in a 1-on-0 breakaway and a pretty, deke move. Despite the swift change of events, Yarmouth did not hang their heads and pressed on.
Down 1-0, the 2nd period started with the same intensity. Yarmouth seemed a bit more comfortable with their game plan and had some great chances to even the score. However, the goaltending of Greely was up to the task and shut Yarmouth down. Still 1-0, Greely.
Throughout the game, each team had their share of power play opportunities, but neither team could capitalize on their efforts due to some solid defensive work and excellent goaltending. The pace continued to heighten as the game progressed and each team desperately tried to out-do one another. At times, the panicky play created some awkward situations for Yarmouth. Missed passes, bad bounces and disconnected plays along with two consecutive posts kept Yarmouth off the score board. With two minutes left in the game, Greely was able to take advantage of another mishap at the blue line, skate wide into the zone and snap a laser into the top far corner past Watson. Greely was up 2-0.
The Yarmouth boys did their best to stay in it, but it was too little, too late and they were handed their first loss of the season. The boys in blue played a tough, talented opponent and put up a good fight. Final shot totals were Yarmouth 16, Greely 38.
The season has only just begun and the Clippers will, no doubt, use this game to learn and move forward. With improved confidence, Yarmouth will, next, take on South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete on Thursday, 12/19 @ 8pm at Troubh Ice Arena in Portland.
For more great photos of the game, go here.