By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High Patriots hockey team has had their best start in years starting with a 4-1-1 overall record in the first six games. The Christmas break has created an awfully tough non-conference schedule for Revere, as they have had four games in eight nights. In that span, the Patriots have gone 2-1-1.
“This is such a great start for a great group of kids,” Revere coach Joe Ciccarello said. “We only won two games last year and we have already doubled that. It was such a tough year, and to start this season like this is a great feeling for this group of young men.”
Revere started their break with a tough game against the Lynn Jets. The Patriots were able to possess a 2-1 lead for the majority of the game, until the third period. Lynn scored a quick goal, that tied the score 2-2, the Jets broke the tie with one minute left. Revere never gave up and decided to pull the goalie in the final minute. Joe Ristano took the spot of the goalie, and made the most of it. Ristano lit up the lamp with 11 seconds left to give Revere a 3-3 tie rather than a loss.
“Lynn is a very talented team and this was a good tie,” Ciccarello said. “Of course it would have been nice to win, but we played great and that’s all I can ask for.”
Revere next had Everett in their sights. The Patriots took the momentum they created from the Lynn game and unleashed on the Crimson Tide, to the tune of a 5-1 victory.
Revere then had to travel south to play Bourne. The Patriots started off fast once again, as they took an early 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. Bourne tied the game 1-1 early in the second period. Revere answered with three unanswered goals and took a 4-1 lead. The Patriots fell asleep in the third period, and Bourne answered with three unanswered goals of their own, that tied the game 4-4 with three minutes left. Ciccarello took a key timeout for Revere to regroup the troops. The timeout paid dividends for the Patriots as freshman Anthony Cacca scored the game-winner with one minute left.
“It has been someone different every game,” Ciccarello said. “It really has been a collective team effort, and the story of our season is someone new stepping up in a big way.”
Revere in their last game came out flat as can be against Lowell on the road, and the Patriots were defeated 5-1.
“It was the last game after a long road trip,” Ciccarello said. “None of us from coaches to the players were mentally prepared for this game. We will bounce back and have a much better effort in our next game.”
Revere will look for a bounce back effort on Tuesday (December 31st), at home against Somerville.