GLOUCESTER-- The Gloucester hockey team has nearly pulled itself out of an early season hole.
The Fishermen started off the season 1-5-1 and were facing a serious uphill climb to get back into tournament contention. On Saturday Gloucester took one step closer to .500 with a dominant 6-1 win over Salem where it held a 56-13 shot advantage. The win was Gloucester’s third straight (four out of five) and improves its record to 4-5-1 on the season, just one win from the all important .500 mark.
“The goal is to get to .500 and we got a little closer tonight,” Gloucester head coach Don Lowe said. “We did what we needed to tonight.”
Over the last three games Gloucester has feasted on the competition topping Salem, Methuen and Revere by a combined score of 19-8.
During the three game winning streak, the Fishermen have gotten consistent goals from all three lines. That was again the case on Monday as all three lines put the puck in the net and four players (Alex Webb, Pete Mondello, Alex Enes, Jared Favazza) had multi-point games.
“The big difference (in the winning streak) is that we’ve been getting goals across the board,” Lowe said. “Everybody has been chipping in. Webb and Mondello have been doing it all season but the key has been getting goals from all of our lines.”
Gloucester’s dominance was obvious from the get go as it pummeled the Salem goal with shot after shot. If it weren’t for Witches goalie Brett Harring (50 saves) things could have been much worse.
The Fishermen got one past Harring in the middle of the first period when Pete Mondello raced past the defense and beat the Witches net minder with a perfectly placed back hand shot top shelf for a 1-0 Gloucester lead. Casey Noyes made it 2-0 just under two minutes later when he put home an Alex Webb rebound after an odd man rush.