Clippers too much for Chieftains
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.