“I think guys gave more effort attacking the cage. We weren’t looking for the quick strike,” explained Bears head coach John Klepacki. “In the playoffs guys want to be the hero, but guys made a couple more dodges and had their heads up, making the team plays over the individual ones.”
Jon Bota, Nick Jez and Adam Knapton had two goals apiece for WNE with James Reardon, Caruso and Knapp contributing a marker each.
Endicott saw McCormack record a hat trick while Beverly native Nick Pinciaro and Weber had a goal each. Gulls keeper Cameron Bell (8 saves) had a couple of strong stops early to preserve the Endicott lead.
The Gulls’ best player on the field was faceoff man Sam Ozycz, who won a ridiculous 15 of 17 draws.
The game’s result was a disappointing one for the Gulls but it doesn’t take away from their strong season (including 7-1 in conference play).
“You can’t measure a season by one game,” said Quirk. “Obviously it’s the game we really wanted to win, but we had a great year. I’m proud of the team. We’ve been resilient.”