GLOUCESTER— The Rockport hockey team has earned itself a fresh start in the second half of the regular season.
With a 7-1 drubbing of Nashoba Tech Saturday at the Dorothy Talbot Rink, Rockport has now won three straight. More importantly, the Vikings are back to .500 (5-5) for the first time since the second game of the season.
With three straight wins, Rockport is playing its best hockey of the year heading into the season’s second half, and that’s just where the team wants to be.
“We had a tough schedule in the first half and we dropped a few close ones but we want to be playing our best hockey in the second half of the season,” Rockport head coach Derek Papalegis said. “It’s good to take care of business and get back to .500. Our top guys put pucks in the net and we got everybody in the game.”
The Vikings superior talent was on display early scoring four first period goals. Rockport got production up and down the lineup as five players (Conor Douglass, Mike Tupper, Josh Guertin, Alex Amoroso, Jon Ferrante) had multi-point games.
The Commonwealth Athletic Conference leaders got on the board six minutes in when Jon Ferrante put home an Alex Amoroso pass while on a 5-on-3 power play. Just 15 seconds later, still on the power play, Rockport struck again when Josh Guertin scored after making a nice play out of the corner to make it 2-0.
The Vikings essentially put the game away with two goals in 0:79 late in the first period. Mike Foster scored on a Dane Tolstrup centering pass with 1:36 to play in the frame and with just 19 seconds until intermission Conor Douglass slipped home an Alex Amoroso centering pass for his first of three goals on the night and suddenly it’s 4-0 Rockport.