The Yarmouth Clippers rolled into the rink at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham on Thursday to face the Rams which they had previously beaten (3-0) only five days earlier. The game picked up where the last one had finish, with strong play from two equal teams. The Clippers were missing a few key players, due to injury, but that did not stop them from staying competitive. The Rams displayed their physical game early in the first period, but did not have any luck getting the puck in the net. Half way through the 1st, Isaac Grondin was able to slip a dropped rebound past the Gorham goaltender to put the boys in blue up 1-0. Yarmouth rode the lead for the period until they found themselves in the box, a man down and allowed Gorham to score with 8 seconds before the horn blew, ending the 1st with a 1-1 score. Gorham outshot Yarmouth 11 to 5 in the period.
The Clippers, determined to redeem themselves in the second period, came out strong and controlled most of the rhythm and flow on the ice. The referees finally decided to participate, by calling a few penalties that they had let slip in the first. Gorham found themselves in the box for a change. A strong, Clipper power play formation allowed Yarmouth to move the puck around with ease, but a clogged crease kept Yarmouth off the board multiple times. It felt like it was just a matter of time until Yarmouth would get their offense going, when Gorham found themselves on an odd-man rush and launched a well-placed laser past the mitt of Yarmouth goaltender, Charles Henry Watson. The Rams were up 2-1 with 8 minutes to play in the 2nd. Yarmouth had their chances for the remaining minutes, but came up short again and again. Yarmouth had the upper-hand on shots for the period 8 to 3.
Throughout the third period Yarmouth applied pressure and had their chances, but the puck seemed to bounce in Gorham’s favor. The shortened roster of Yarmouth and olympic-sized ice had finally taken its toll on the tired Clippers. Although they never gave up and fought hard to the end, like they have all season, today wasn’t their day. Gorham trickled one more into an open net with a second left in the game. The final score — Gorham 3, Yarmouth 1. Shots for the period were 4 for the Clippers and 5 for the Rams.
Yarmouth travels to Auburn on Saturday, February 1 to play Class-A, St. Dominic at 6:10pm at Norway Savings Bank Arena. The Clippers will have their hands full to compete, but will appreciate the return of a few players to the bench from the injured list.
Hope to see you all there. Go Clippers!