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January 23, 2013

Hockey teams ready for second half push

The high school hockey season on Cape Ann has reached its midpoint and both Gloucester and Rockport are very much afloat when it comes to a spot in the postseason.

The first half has been an up and down run for both hockey teams on Cape Ann and the second half of the season has many challenges in store for the Fishermen and Vikings. Here’s a look at what’s been good, what’s been not so good and what is to come for Cape Ann’s high school hockey teams.

Gloucester

Record: 4-6-1

Highlights: After a 1-5-1 start the Fishermen played themselves back into state tournament contention with a recent three game winning streak scoring a combined 19 goals in wins over Revere, Methuen and Salem.

In those three wins Gloucester sustained scoring production from the entire lineup while at the same time protecting its own end.

The Fishermen were expected to struggle this season with a very young lineup and while they have dropped a few close games they have also held their own every night. A 5-1 loss to Beverly was really the only game where the Fishermen were outclassed talent wise, they have skated with every other team and been in every other game.

Gloucester’s best win was a 4-2 win over Peabody, an evenly matched game where Gloucester was the superior team down the stretch in crunch time posting two goals in the final three minutes of play. The Peabody win kicked off a strong six game run where Gloucester went 4-2.

Offensively the Fishermen have been led by senior captains Alex Webb and Pete Mondello, who lead the team with 14 and 10 points respectively. Gloucester has also worked in a lot of new starters as Freshman Alex Enes, Stephen Tettoni and Eddie Mahoney have earned regular minutes, Enes on the team’s top line.

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