Clippers edge Huskies, head to tourney finals
Junior standout Andrew Dulac had a strong game on Monday night in the Clippersâ 2-0 victory over Mount Hope in the Toll Gate Holiday Tournament at Thayer Arena. The Clippers will skate against neighboring Lincoln in tonightâs 7 p.m. championship game.
WARWICK â It was another win for Cumberland High, its sixth straight without a defeat.
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But after his Clippers blanked Division III foe Mount Hope, 2-0, in the second game of the Toll Gate Holiday Tournament at Thayer Arena, CHS head coach Mark Andreozzi wasnât exactly singing praise about his squad.
âMount Hope played well,â said Andreozzi, whose squadâs last game was a 5-2 decision against PCD/Wheeler/St. Raphael co-op on Dec. 17. âWe were lazy, tired. We had four days off (from practice). We didnât play this weekend so we had Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. I am hoping thatâs the reason. We have to get our skating legs back, our game legs back.â
The Clippers, who are 5-0-0 in Div. II, couldnât quite find their scoring touch against the Huskies. Cumberland did all of its scoring in the opening period with junior Jaryd Dulieu and sophomore Liam Curran finding the net. Dulieu scored at 5:55 of the period off an assist from sophomore Elliot Ray. Curran finalized the score just past the midway point with senior Michael Kinch and junior Andrew Dulac assisting.
Cumberland outshot the Crusaders by a 43-29 margin, but had just eight attempts in the final period.
âWe just ran out of gas in the third period,â Andreozzi said. âWe didnât move our feet. For us to be successful, we need to do that. You could just see the difference. The first period we were pretty strong moving the puck. Towards the end we were just flat. I donât know if that was them playing well or us having four days off.â
The Cumberland coach hopes his team can regroup in a hurry. Tonight the Clippers battle Div. I foe Lincoln in the finals of the tourney. The Lions rolled to an 8-5 win over Toll Gate in the opener.
âWe just need to move our feet (against Lincoln). We got to move our feet,â Andreozzi stressed. âThey have some big strong players that can play and shoot the puck. They attack the net hard. We have to make sure we move our feet and come to play. If we donât come to play for three periods, itâs going to be over quick.â