Masconomet tops Triton to win Bank Classic’s Fournier Division title
By Mac Cerullo
Masconomet’s Jason Hurford makes a move against Triton.
Mascomonet goalie Tucker Hanson makes a save on Triton’s Kyle McKendry.
NEWBURYPORT — Triton hockey has gotten quite good at digging itself out of holes. On Monday the Vikings erased a two-goal third period deficit to tie Haverhill, and then on Wednesday fought back from being down 3-2 against a heavily favored Methuen team to pick up a stunning win.
But while Triton was able to get out of one two-goal deficit against Masconomet on Friday, the Vikings couldn’t claw their way out of two.
Masconomet held on to beat Triton 4-3 in Friday’s Newburyport Bank Classic Fournier Division championship game, surviving five penalties, including a crucial elbowing penalty with 2:45 to play that effectively allowed Triton to go on the power play for the rest of the game.
The Chieftains jumped out to an early two-goal lead, with Dylan Campbell scoring three minutes in on a feed from Will Major. Then about a minute later, Masconomet surprised itself when Andrew Gotts dumped in a lazy puck on net from near center ice, only for the puck to bounce into the goal.
Triton got on the board late in the first period after Masconomet committed a pair of penalties to go down 5 on 3. Tyler Godfrey capitalized by sending home a bouncing puck to cut the deficit to 2-1 going into the first intermission.
Triton tied the score early in the second on a goal by Kyle McKendry, but Maconomet responded almost immediately. Gotts scored his second goal of the game with 9:44 to play in the second, and less than a minute later Kirby Glynn added another to make it 4-2, putting Triton in another hole.
The Vikings came back with another goal near the end of the period, this one a short-handed tally by Dylan Leavitt after the Vikings had been called for too many men. But neither team was able to score in the third, leaving the score at 4-3.
All three of Triton’s junior goalies saw time in the game, with Justin Szymanski and Connor Beevers each making 11 saves in the first and second periods before Ben Fougere made four saves in the third. Masconomet’s Tucker Hanson made 24 saves.
In some respects, the game was a microcosm of Triton’s season. The Vikings (7-10-3) started the year 1-6 and will miss the state tournament even though the team came on down the stretch, finishing 6-4-3.
“If we’d played like that throughout the season we’d probably be playing in the postseason, but good in the fact that we definitely improved in the year,” said Triton coach Ryan Sheehan. “We have some good underclassmen and some good senior leadership this year, so hopefully they came feed off of it.”
Masconomet, meanwhile, finishes 11-5-4 and will now await its seed in the upcoming state tournament.