GLOUCESTER — The Triton hockey team was banged up last night as it entered the consolation game of the Cape Ann Savings Bank Holiday Tournament last night.
With two regular skaters out with injury and an additional four sidelined with a sickness floating through the locker room, Triton coach Drew Wile was worried that lack of depth may haunt him as the Vikings squared off with Gloucester.
You’d never have known Triton was undermanned, though, as the Vikings converted three power play goals to pace a 7-2 rout of the Fishermen at the Dorothy Talbot Rink.
“We’re really banged up right now,” Wile said. “Two-thirds of my third line is hurt and I’ve got four guys out sick, so we’ve got to get healthy. But it’s always good to score seven goals. I think, for the most part, we had our way tonight. They didn’t have too many opportunities. You always want to win the tournaments that you’re in, so the second-best thing we could do was to win this game.”
While the score may not have reflected it, Triton was faced with a different Gloucester team than the one that fell to Marblehead in Wednesday’s opening round game.
Two nights ago, the Fishermen were sluggish, struggling to win loose pucks and rarely able to move the puck from their own end.
Last night, Gloucester played fast and physical and even outshot the visiting Vikings (4-1), 31-30.
But with their new found aggression came a lack of discipline, and that hurt the Fishermen (0-3-1) yesterday. Gloucester took eight penalties on the night, preventing them from getting into a consistent rhythm.
And when they gave Triton the man-advantage, the Vikings were sharp. Triton ran its umbrella powerplay to perfection, using tic-tac-toe passing from the blue line down to shred Gloucester’s penalty kill and pepper goaltender Jesse Glidden with shots.