Clip­pers too much for Chief­tains

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By RYAN D. MUR­RAY

Con­tribut­ing writer

BUR­RIL­LVILLE — The Cum­ber­land hockey team re­mained un­de­feated on Satur­day night, beat­ing the Pon­a­ganset 3-1 at Levy Arena in Bur­ril­lville while tak­ing sole pos­ses­sion of first place in Divi­sion II. Both squads came into the con­test un­de­feated.

Clip­pers coach Mark An­dreozzi was happy with the vic­tory, but he isn’t wor­ried about an un­blem­ished sea­son.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’re happy with the win,” An­dreozzi said. “The un­de­feated stuff, we don’t re­ally think about. We’re just try­ing to get bet­ter ev­ery day.”

The Clip­pers got their first tally at 4:25 of the first pe­riod when Jack­son Shevlin, a senior, scored a wrap­around goal af­ter an as­sist from Ai­dan Clarey, a ju­nior.

Three and a half min­utes later, Cum­ber­land added to its ad­van­tage when Clarey found the back of the net for an unas­sisted tally.

Pon­a­ganset pulled within 2-1 with 23.5 sec­onds re­main­ing in the open­ing pe­riod when senior de­fense­man Ja­cob Lin­court scored a power-play goal fol­low­ing an as­sist from Matthew Mein­ertz.

Af­ter a score­less sec­ond pe­riod, Cum­ber­land added to its lead at 2:19 of the third when senior de­fense­man Stephen Ci­olino flew down the ice past a bunch of Chief­tains and fired a shot past Pon­a­ganset goal­tender Brae­dyn De­Marco.

“We moved our feet, and we beat them to the puck,” An­dreozzi said. “We got a good shot on net.”

Cum­ber­land sopho­more goal­tender Jack Byrne fin­ished the night with 31 saves while De­Marco had 20 stops for Pon­a­ganset.

“Jack played well,” An­dreozzi said. “Jack made the stops he needed to make. We didn’t help him on the goal, but he helped us the whole game.”

The Clip­pers came out of the gate en­er­getic, but once they went up two goals they be­gan to give a lack­lus­ter ef­fort. For­tu­nately for them, it wouldn’t mat­ter.

“We started strong and then, we started to get a lot of stupid penal­ties, a lot of lazy penal­ties,” An­dreozzi said. “And, when you’re do­ing that, you can’t get a good flow of the game go­ing for your lines and we started burn­ing our guys out a lit­tle bit more. So, we had to ro­tate guys in and change some things up.”

And, when An­dreozzi did that, it gave his team a boost.

“We just needed to be stronger in our own end and stay out of the box, and when we did that, I think we con­trolled the play a lit­tle more in the third,” An­dreozzi said.

Cum­ber­land im­proves to 6-0 on the sea­son with the win and plays next on Satur­day at Ade­lard Arena against Toll Gate at 9 p.m.

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