REVERE — Saturday’s meeting between the Gloucester and Revere hockey teams was far from an ordinary game.
The mutual dislike between the teams was obvious from the time the puck dropped, and tempers grew shorter as the minutes ticked off the clock.
In a game that featured 19 penalties, four power-play goals, two short-handed goals, two ejections, a four-goal explosion from Gloucester’s Alex Webb and even a rare goaltender visit to the penalty box, the final outcome was all that mattered. And for a Gloucester team that entered the game with just one win, a 7-3 victory over the Patriots was an important step toward a potential turnaround.
“It’s something to build from,” Gloucester coach Don Lowe said. “It’s two points toward the tournament, and anytime you score seven goals (it’s a good day).”
For the Fishermen (2-5-1), a middling Revere squad was a welcome relief. Having gone through the gauntlet of the NEC North through the early part in the season, Gloucester had been forced to claw for every inch to this point in the season.
That experience paid dividends Saturday, as Gloucester maintained its work ethic despite a clear edge in talent. When the game was played at even strength, Revere was rarely capable of clearing its own defensive zone.
But with the two teams under each other’s skin from the get-go, the game was rarely played 5-on-5, and three power-play goals from Revere kept them in the game.
The game’s ultimate outcome, though, was never really in question.
Webb got the scoring going early on the penalty kill when freshman Alex Enes (three assists) forced a turnover to spring a two-on-one. Enes slipped a pass to Webb, who tucked a shot inside the post to get Gloucester on the board early.