WARWICK â€“ It was another win for Cumberland High, its sixth straight without a defeat.
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 wasnâ€™t exactly singing praise about his squad.
â€śMount Hope played well,â€ť said Andreozzi, whose squadâ€™s last game was a 5-2 decision against PCD/Wheeler/St. Raphael co-op on Dec. 17. â€śWe were lazy, tired. We had four days off (from practice). We didnâ€™t play this weekend so we had Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. I am hoping thatâ€™s the reason. We have to get our skating legs back, our game legs back.â€ť
The Clippers, who are 5-0-0 in Div. II, couldnâ€™t 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.
â€śWe just ran out of gas in the third period,â€ť Andreozzi said. â€śWe didnâ€™t 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 donâ€™t know if that was them playing well or us having four days off.â€ť
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.
â€śWe just need to move our feet (against Lincoln). We got to move our feet,â€ť Andreozzi stressed. â€śThey 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 donâ€™t come to play for three periods, itâ€™s going to be over quick.â€ť