(Newburyport) I took in the Newburyport/Masco hockey game last night (Wednesday) at Graf Rink in Newburyport.
Anytime you put an undefeated team (Newburyport) against a competitive rival (only one loss) I’m interested.
The Clippers prevailed, 5-3, behind Cam Roy’s hat trick. The talented junior teamed well with classmate Nathan Hickman on several of the goals.
The score was tied 2-2 after two periods before Cam netted two straight. A major penalty on Masco’s Trevor Surette (hitting from behind) in the 3rd lessened Masco’s manpower and their chance to mount much of a late-game comeback.
Newburyport goalie Anthony Federico had 26 saves and probably none was bigger than a first period in-alone attempt by Philip Russo.
David Cusack filled in for injured Clipper captain Billy Boudreau. In the third period, David took the hit from behind and went head first into the boards after a hit by Masco’s Trevor Surette. The fill-in senior wobbled off the ice after the hit with help from his teammates. Trevor was assessed a major penalty and later exited from the penalty box to the locker room.
The come-away moment from this game was the singing of the national anthem by a youngster who could hardly be seen behind the penalty box door. She nailed that song from beginning to end.
The garbled sound system otherwise offered little discernable help to what was going on. When players were picking up hats I gathered that Cam Roy had gotten a hat trick.