After a more than lackluster first 15 minutes of play last night, the Masconomet Regional hockey team more than made up for it with a second period onslaught — and in the process punched their ticket to the posteason.
The Chieftains blitzed host Pentucket by scoring six times in the middle frame, including three times with the man advantage and once while shorthanded to roll to an 8-1 victory at Veterans Memorial Rink in Haverhill.
Tyler Costello led the way offensively with two goals and two assists as Masconomet (9-3-2) earned the 20 points necessary for tournament play while improving to 7-1-2 in Cape Ann League play, one point behind front-running North Reading.
”I can’t remember us ever scoring six goals in one period, going all the way back to when (former Masconomet star and current New York Ranger) Chris Kreider was here,” said Masconomet head coach Andrew Jackson, whose team surrendered just 11 shots last night, seven of those coming in the first period. “We just exploded; it was really encouraging.”
In addition to Costello’s 4-point night, Jared Brann, Mike Castro and Jake Esposito all had a goal and an assist for the Chieftains while Joe Griffin dished out three assists. Nick Aleckna added a shorthanded goal, Jake Jesi and Tom Cashin also scored, and Mitch Nekoroski made eight saves for the win in 2-plus periods of work before giving way to Jon Anderson (2 saves) to close things out in goal.
Waring 68, BU Academy 37: The Wolf Pack got solid play from Adrien Hupin and Johnny Sandri (9 rebounds) in their first starts while Henry Balf led the offense with 35 points. Senior twins Alex and Charlie Mitchell each scored 10 points for Waring (10-3), which plays Covenant Christian Academy in a big league showdown tomorrow night.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 50, Fellowship Christian Academy 26: Sophomore Stephanie Campbell scored a team-high 12 points for the Hawks (7-7). Junior Cora Clement added eight points, while senior captain Erika Welch finished with nine points.