GLOUCESTER-- The Rockport hockey team came into Wednesday’s non-league tilt against Swampscott at the Talbot Rink looking to exact a bit of revenge.
Swampscott quelled a lot of the hype surrounding the Vikings on opening night with a 4-1 win and the Vikings would have liked nothing more than to return the favor.
While Rockport certainly played better than it did on opening night, the results were the same as the Big Blue jumped out to an early two goal lead and maintained their advantage, skating away with another 4-1 win sweeping the season series and moving to 7-1 on the season. Rockport falls to 2-5.
The ebb and flow was back and forth, but Swampscott proved to be the more opportunistic team by making Rockport pay when it had a scoring opportunity. Swampscott also used its speed advantage to create opportunities and pin the Vikings in their own end.
The Vikings started off the game well, dictating play through the first several shifts, but a goal from Swampscott’s Noah Maercklein five minutes into the frame took the wind out of their sails.
From there, Swampscott’s speed in all three zones took over and the Big Blue controlled play for the rest of the period. They made it 2-0 with 3:05 to play in the first when Tyler Peterson gloved an attempted Rockport clear and slipped the puck to Joey Silva. Silva walked in and ripped a shot that deflected off a sprawling Viking defenseman and past Vikings goalie Colby Foster. The goal came after a long shift for Rockport where it struggled to clear its own zone multiple times.
“We definitely had a rhythm in the beginning,” Rockport coach Derek Papelegis said. “We’ve been talking about when things get tough to respond the right way. I thought the guys battled back, but we just couldn’t find the net in the beginning and guys started to get frustrated and we couldn’t dig out of that 2-0 hole.”