Redmen Hit Double Digits In Maine, Trounce Portland 10-0
Dec 28, 2014 12:50PM
● By Rick Spencer
Senior forward Ryan Petti (8) scored three goals as Tewksbury beat Portland, 10-0 on Saturday.
You can spin a tale in many directions, but at the end of the day, the statistics don’t lie.
So it should come as no surprise that the high-powered Tewksbury High hockey team’s offensive attack exploded for 10 goals in a 10-0 trouncing of Portland, Me., High School at the Yankee Ford Holiday Invitational in Portland Saturday afternoon.
Senior captain Ryan Petti netted a three-goal hat trick as the Redmen, who have averaged over 40 shots on goal per game this year, exploded for their most productive offensive outing of the season and improved their record to 4-1 overall.
"We've been getting a lot of shots on goal all year, but we haven't been getting enough people in front of the net," TMHS head coach Derek Doherty said. "(On Saturday) we did a better job of getting people in front of the net. We didn't give their goalie a chance to see the puck, and it worked out pretty good."
Petti, who passed the prestigious 100 career point milestone last week, notched two first period goals as the Redmen jumped out to a 7-0 first period lead. Petti added his third goal of the game and fifth of the season just 32 seconds into the second period. The hat trick gives Petti five goals and eight assists so far this season, and 45 career goals and 63 assists for 108 total career points.
Petti wasn’t the only productive Tewksbury skater against Portland, however, as David Dempsey and Steve Hamel both scored a pair of goals, while Ryan Meade notched three assists. The Redmen got production from all four lines, as 13 different TMHS skaters recorded either a goal or an assist.
Dempsey, a senior forward, netted his second and third goals of the season and junior forward Dario Riparo scored his second goal of the season (and also added an assist) as Tewksbury’s second line contributed three goals. Meade, the second line center iceman, assisted on all three goals.
Hamel, a junior forward who skates with Mark Gorman and Patrick Leonard on the third line, scored his second and third goals of the season. Sophomore forward Sean Barker got the fourth line into the act with his first goal of the season, and senior forward Cody Morgan came off the bench and scored his first goal of the year. Defensemen Brett Morris, Sean Budryk and Ryan Morris and senior winger Colin Quinn recorded assists.
"That’s how this team is built right now," Doherty said. "We're playing four lines and we're wearing teams down, and all four lines can score goals.
"It really makes the team better when we've got four lines working," Doherty added. "When we get a power play or when we have to kill a penalty, the guys we put on the ice are fresh. It helps that we're just not overplaying guys. When the first two lines get on the ice, they’re flying."Junior keeper Chris Raymond recorded his second shut out of the year in the Tewksbury net, thanks in large part to another solid defensive effort from the TMHS back line.
"Or defense is playing real well," Doherty said. "We're blocking a lot of shots and limiting the other team to 10-12 shots on goal (per game). If you can do that consistently, you're going to win a lot of games."
The win put an exclamation point on another successful holiday trip to Maine, as the Redmen beat Gorham, 4-2 on Friday in Portland.
Tewksbury returns to action next Saturday evening at home against Concord-Carlisle.