Skip to main content

Redmen Can't Get A Break, Lose To Chelmsford, 3-1

Dec 17, 2014 11:06PM, Published by Rick Spencer, Categories: Sports, Schools


Tewksbury forward Dario Riparo (18) lets one fly against Chelmsford.



As the old saying goes, it's better to be lucky than good. Or maybe it should say, it stinks when you're good but unlucky.
That's probably the way the Tewksbury High hockey team was feeling Wednesday night as the Redmen out-shot Chelmsford High, 33-12, in their home opener at the Breakaway Ice Center, but still somehow suffered their first loss of the season, 3-1 to the visiting Lions.
For the second time in its first two games, Tewksbury enjoyed huge advantages in puck time, shots at goal and shots on goal. But this time the Redmen couldn't buy, steal, hijack or even embezzle a goal.
Chelmsford, on the other hand, scored the game winning goal on a tip-in off a high stick, and added an empty net tally with 30 seconds to go that made sure the final score didn't tell the true story of this game.
"That was rough," sighed TMHS head coach Derek Doherty afterward. "But we didn't play as well as we could have played either. We weren't capitalizing on second chances. It was all first chances and then we weren't crashing the next."
Tewksbury came out fast and took a 1-0 lead with 8:12 left in the first period when junior forward Dario Riparo scored his first goal of the season, with Jonathan Fowler and Robert Cutone assisting. But Chelmsford answered right back just 13 seconds later when junior center iceman Jimmy Connelly scored off a pass from Charles McKenna.
Still, the Redmen seemed to be in control of the game, out-shooting Chelmsford by an 11-6 margin in the first period and an 11-4 margin in the second. Five minutes into the second period, however, Connelly broke out of the Chelmsford defensive zone after a prolonged period of Tewksbury pressure, and let a shot fly toward the TMHS net. McKenna raised his stick high and tipped it downward. The puck skimmed off the underside of the crossbar and into the net for the go-ahead goal. The Tewksbury players protested loudly, but the officials let it stand.
The Redmen intensified their pressure on the Chelmsford net in the third period, out-shooting Chelmsford 11-2 over the final 15 minutes. TMHS had another dozen or more shots get blocked or tipped wide in the final frame, but nothing found the back of the net. Chelmsford clinched the game with an empty-net goal by Wes Phillips with 32 seconds to play.
"We should have scored six goals tonight, but we didn't capitalize on our chances," Doherty said. "We have too much talent in our locker room to lose games like that. It's a good thing this happened at the beginning of the season. Hopefully this game can humble our guys a little bit and get them back to basics."
Tewksbury, now 1-1 overall, returns to action Saturday night at 7:20 p.m., at home against North Andover.
 



Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yourtewksburytoday/ Follow us on Twitter at @TewksburyToday Follow us on Instagram at YourTewksburyToday

Derek Doherty, Dario Riparo


  • Tewksbury Farmer's Market

    09/19/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Tewksbury Farmer's Market is open every Tuesday, from 4 P.M. - 7 P.M. on the Tewksbury Town C...


  • Troop 49 Meeting

    09/19/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Troop 49 meets weekly from 7-8:30 on Tuesday nights in St. Williams Parish Center, 1351 Main Stre...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Tap Dancing with Val

    09/21/2017
    08:45AM — 09:30AM

    A fun, beginner level tap class that works on rhythm and basic tap steps put to upbeat music from...


  • Teen Yoga

    09/21/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Got the back to school blues? Feeling anxious & overwhelmed? Know a teen who does? Well, get t...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Tewksbury Farmer's Market

    09/19/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Tewksbury Farmer's Market is open every Tuesday, from 4 P.M. - 7 P.M. on the Tewksbury Town C...


  • Troop 49 Meeting

    09/19/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Troop 49 meets weekly from 7-8:30 on Tuesday nights in St. Williams Parish Center, 1351 Main Stre...


  • Tap Dancing with Val

    09/21/2017
    08:45AM — 09:30AM

    A fun, beginner level tap class that works on rhythm and basic tap steps put to upbeat music from...


  • Teen Yoga

    09/21/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Got the back to school blues? Feeling anxious & overwhelmed? Know a teen who does? Well, get t...


  • Tewksbury's 9th Annual Zero Waste Day

    09/23/2017
    09:00AM — 01:00PM

    Just three months until Tewksbury's 9th Annual Zero Waste Day event, scheduled for Saturday, Sept...


  • Tewksbury's 9th Annual Zero Waste Day

    09/23/2017
    09:00AM — 01:00PM

    All are welcome to attend Tewksbury's 9th Annual Zero Waste Day event, scheduled for Saturday, Se...


  • Each year, approximately 500 drive-thru donors participate in Zero Waste Day, saving tons of usab...


  • Tewksbury Congregational Church Sunday Service

    09/24/2017
    09:30AM — 10:45AM

    TCC ministers to the needs of the people while developing a sense of God's presence. Our primary ...


  • Tewksbury Farmer's Market

    09/26/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Tewksbury Farmer's Market is open every Tuesday, from 4 P.M. - 7 P.M. on the Tewksbury Town C...


  • Troop 49 Meeting

    09/26/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Troop 49 meets weekly from 7-8:30 on Tuesday nights in St. Williams Parish Center, 1351 Main Stre...


  • Tap Dancing with Val

    09/28/2017
    08:45AM — 09:30AM

    A fun, beginner level tap class that works on rhythm and basic tap steps put to upbeat music from...


  • Teen Yoga

    09/28/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Got the back to school blues? Feeling anxious & overwhelmed? Know a teen who does? Well, get t...


  • Tewksbury Congregational Church Sunday Service

    10/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:45AM

    TCC ministers to the needs of the people while developing a sense of God's presence. Our primary ...


  • Tewksbury Farmer's Market

    10/03/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Tewksbury Farmer's Market is open every Tuesday, from 4 P.M. - 7 P.M. on the Tewksbury Town C...


  • Pizza Festival: Yes! A FESTIVAL of PIZZA!

    10/03/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join many of Tewksbury’s Pizza Shoppes under one roof to sample their Pizza Pies. Lots and lots o...


  • Join Chefs Patrick Bianco of Bianco's Catering, Scott Plath of Cobblestones and Moonstones, Mike ...


  • Join Chefs Patrick Bianco of Bianco's Catering, Scott Plath of Cobblestones and Moonstones, Mike ...


  • Troop 49 Meeting

    10/03/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Troop 49 meets weekly from 7-8:30 on Tuesday nights in St. Williams Parish Center, 1351 Main Stre...


  • Tewksbury PD Announces “Coffee With A Cop”

    10/04/2017
    06:30AM — 09:30AM

    The community is encouraged to take this opportunity to bring forth any of their questions and/or...


  • Tap Dancing with Val

    10/05/2017
    08:45AM — 09:30AM

    A fun, beginner level tap class that works on rhythm and basic tap steps put to upbeat music from...


  • Teen Yoga

    10/05/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Got the back to school blues? Feeling anxious & overwhelmed? Know a teen who does? Well, get t...


  • Second Sunday every month, except FIRST Sunday in May e-mail: info@tewksburypantry.org Like us...


  • Tewksbury Congregational Church Sunday Service

    10/08/2017
    09:30AM — 10:45AM

    TCC ministers to the needs of the people while developing a sense of God's presence. Our primary ...


  • Strongwater Farm will host a fun-filled, family friendly, Country and Western Harvest Hoedown at ...


  • Second Monday every month, except FIRST Monday in May e-mail: info@tewksburypantry.org Like us...


  • Tewksbury Farmer's Market

    10/10/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Tewksbury Farmer's Market is open every Tuesday, from 4 P.M. - 7 P.M. on the Tewksbury Town C...


  • Troop 49 Meeting

    10/10/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Troop 49 meets weekly from 7-8:30 on Tuesday nights in St. Williams Parish Center, 1351 Main Stre...