Cardinals, as expected, cruise past Saber-Titans
TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – That 0-2 start for the Bishop Guertin High School boys hockey team seems like a zillion goals away.
Back then, the Cards were having trouble putting the puck in the net. Right now, after an 11-0 win over Nashua High School North-Souhegan Saturday at Skate 3 Arena, they have 21 goals in their last three games.
“These younger kids are starting to figure it out,” Guertin coach Gary Bishop said. “We’ve been doing a lot of work in practice, going to the net, going to the net, going to the net hard, taking shots, following for rebounds. Those are the things we’ve been working on in practice constantly for the last 10 days. We’re going to be all right.”
And on Saturday, the Cards, now 5-2 in Divison I with five straight wins, had nine different scorers, as Declan Wilkie and Ben Young were the only ones with a pair.
It was a tough day as expected during a tough stretch for the 2-6 Saber-Titans, who after beating Manchester Central 11-3 right before Christmas have had to run a gauntlet of Windham, Hanover, Exeter, and the Cards. And then it’s Concord on Monday.
But they are learning something, said N-S coach Josh Lavoie, who had a homecoming of sorts after spending seven years as the Cardinals JV coach.
“Not to quit,” he said. “We learned not to quit. Even when they started racking up the goals, my guys didn’t stop. They didn’t stop. They got outskilled.”
The Cards didn’t waste any time, as Michael Kiely scored just 1:09 in, and they made it 2-0 on a Chris Kiely goal, followed by a shorthanded tally by Mark McGaughey to close out the first period scoring.
The rest of the goal scorers: Aiden Wilkie, Dan Woodford, Sam Cronin, and Derek Amaral. Michael Schaff led the way with four assists.
John Casey and Robbie Morel split time in goal for North-Souhegan, while Chris Sullivan had eight stops to record the shutout for BG.
Meanwhile, Bishop said his former assistant is doing the right things.
“In that third period, he’s playing his third and fourth lines,” Bishop said. “If it ends up being 12 or 13 (goals), who cares, that experience those third and fourth liners got tonight are going to pay off for him down the road.”
With Concord ahead on Wednesday, Bishop hopes his team’s assault on the net keeps paying off, too.