By Conor Walsh
---- — 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.
Revere’s Cam Whalen responded with the Patriots’ first power-play goal of the day shortly after, and the two teams went to the locker room knotted at one.
In the second period, though, Gloucester’s talent finally took over. The Fishermen’s high-level talents -- Webb, Peter Mondello, Mike Muniz, Enes, etc. -- were too much for Revere to handle, and the Fishermen slowly wore their hosts down.
Freshman defenseman Steven Tettoni buried his first career goal after a long, rumbling rush up the ice early in the second period. A Webb wrap-around goal on the power play made it 3-1 just minutes later.
Eddie Mahoney capped off the second period onslaught with the team’s second short-handed goal of the night, burying a rebound from a Muniz blast from the point.
Were it not for a 5-on-3 goal from Revere defenseman Brandon Mastropietro mixed in midway through the frame, the game would have been decided by the end of second.
It didn’t take Gloucester long to decide the game in the third period, though, as Webb completed his hat trick with another wrap-around goal early in the stanza before setting up a Mondello goal midway through the frame to effectively bury the Patriots (0-6-1). Webb (four goals, one assist) rounded out the scoring near the end of the third period, shortly after Revere’s Marco Mazzarelli had cut the lead to 6-3.
The lengthy lead allowed the Fishermen to empty their bench, as Lowe rolled four lines for much of the game. It also gave goaltender Owen Parisi (18 saves) a win in his first start of the year, as he took over for Jesse Glidden before the game. Lowe declined to comment on the decision for the goaltender switch.
“We outworked them,” Lowe said. “We had the pressure on the whole part of the first period. We got to play everybody and Webby got four goals. Good day.”
As the Gloucester lead lengthened, the game got ugly. Both Muniz and Mastropietro were shown the gate after picking up four penalties, and a scrum followed nearly every whistle.
It boiled over in the game’s final minutes, when a battle for a rebound in front of Parisi resulted in a melee. With a Revere forward tackled into the net, Parisi got involved in the scrum and landed himself a major penalty.
MIAA rules require a goaltender to serve any major penalties, so Parisi was sent to the box -- a comical sight -- and Glidden closed out the game.
For Muniz and Parisi, no supplementary discipline will be enforced.
Gloucester 7, Revere 3
at Cronin Rink, Revere
Gloucester 1 3 3 | 7
Revere 1 1 1 | 3
First period: G, Alex Webb (Alex Enes) SHG, 3:38; R, Cam Whalen (Brandon Mastropietro) PPG, 8:48.
Second period: G, Stephen Tettoni (Jack Nicastro, Eddie Mahoney), 2:10; G Webb (Enes, Jared Favazza) PPG, 4:46; R, Mastropietro (Marco Mazzarelli, Shayne Cambria) PPG, 9:38; Mahoney (Mike Muniz, Jerome Ciaramitaro) SHG, 10:43.
Third period: G, Webb (un), 1:45; G, Peter Mondello (Webb), 7:45; R, Mazzarelli (un) PPG, 12:07; G, Webb (Enes, Mondello), 12:15.
Saves: G Owen Parisi 18, Jesse Glidden 1; Revere Adam Comeau 31.
Records: G 2-5-1; R 0-6-1