GLOUCESTER — High school hockey games have 45 minutes in regulation. But 4 minutes and 18 seconds made all the difference on Saturday night.
Visiting Revere (8-6-2) stunned Gloucester (10-4-2, 9-2-2) with three straight goals in that time span, turning a 2-1 Gloucester lead into a 4-2 Patriots advantage. Revere went on to defeat Gloucester, 5-3, in the Northeastern Conference battle.
Gloucester stayed winless in its last four games as the state tournament inches closer and the Fishermen desperately try to regain their swagger.
"We didn't come out with any intensity or emotion," said Gloucester head coach Don Lowe. "We have to regain the desire to play. Tonight there was nothing there."
"That (second period) was the best period we've played all year, not just in this game. We caught fire," said Revere head coach James Palumbo. "We could tell a few of their guys were hurt and they were a little nicked up. We tried to bring it to the net as often as we could, that was our game plan."
Gloucester played without starting goaltender Bradley Robertson (dislocated shoulder) while junior sniper Tom Salah was suited but only skated a few shifts. Salah is trying to recover from a leg injury suffered in the Newburyport game last weekend and the broken wrist he had early in the season.
Things looked promising early when the Fishermen got off to a fast start as they scored 1:01 into the game. There was a scramble out front of Revere goalie Nick DiMare (22 saves) and Gloucester sophomore forward Conor Ressel put in the loose puck, off an assist from junior forward Brett Biondo.
Fishermen sophomore goalie Dom Novello (22 saves) made a few sprawling stops to keep the Patriots off the board in the first period.
It didn't take long, though, for Revere to break Novello's shutout in the second period as Jay Sasso (2 goals, 2 assists) roofed a shot over Novello from in close. Gloucester was called for a delayed penalty, allowing Revere to pull DiMare for an extra-skater before scoring the goal.