For the first time in two decades, this winter we saw a meeting between the two Cape Ann hockey programs.
Gloucester routed Rockport, which co-ops with Manchester Essex and Ipswich, to erase any doubt about which team remains the area’s king.
In that game, which came in the middle of middling seasons for each program, one couldn’t help but wonder what could be if the teams were combined. Both the Fishermen and Vikings struggled with depth throughout the season. We figured we’d eliminate that problem and put together a Cape Ann Dream Team.
First Line — LW Pete Mondello, Gloucester; C Alex Webb, Gloucester; RW Mike Tupper, Rockport.
For anyone who saw these two teams play as regularly as The Gloucester Times did, this first line is a no-brainer. Three seniors, three captains, three studs.
We’ll start with Webb and Mondello, who were in a different class than their teammates in terms of offensive talent from the time the season began.
They started out the season on the same line, but with Gloucester’s limited depth and injuries — which forced Webb to the point for a good chunk of the year — they rarely saw the ice at the same time, as coach Don Lowe sought to spread the scoring wealth.
They’d be reunited on the top line of our Cape Ann squad, though, and the Fishermen’s top two scorers — Webb with 11-6-17 and Mondello with 9-10-19 — would certainly feed off one another.
Both Webb and Mondello played similar styles, coupling speed through the neutral zone with an ability to mix it up in front of the net.
Throw in Tupper, the area’s leading scorer with 17 goals and 14 assists, on the off-wing, and we’d be looking at a downright lethal top line. Tupper plays with the same intensity as Webb and Mondello with even more of an edge, and throwing the lefty on the right wing would allow him to more easily unleash shots both on the break and with the team set up.