By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High Patriots boys’ hockey team has had a tough year in 2012–13. Last Wednesday the Patriots hard work paid finally off. They defeated Salem, 3–1, in front of their home crowd, to notch their first win of the season.
Hockey Pats Head Coach Joe Ciccarello is very proud of his team. “We knew we might have a tough go of it for awhile this year, but my kids never gave up at any point. They have showed up to every practice, on time, working their tails off day in and day out. They never got down on themselves and kept working. This is such a likeable team to root for; I can’t wait for more of these results to happen for this group of boys. I am honored to coach such a classy and hardworking group of young men,” Ciccarello said.
Revere wasted no time getting on the board early in the first period, as junior forward Marco Mazzarelli scored a couple minutes into the game to give the Patriots an early 1–0 lead. Revere did not take long to double their lead—senior forward Shane Cambria scored five minutes later to give the Patriots a 2–0 lead.
Salem got on the board late in the first period to cut the deficit in half (2–1). Revere led 2–1 at the end of the first period.
Midway through the second period Mazzarelli scored the final goal of the game to give Revere a comfortable 3–1 lead. Mazzarelli finished the game with two goals and one assist for the Patriots. The two goal lead was more than enough for Patriot goalie senior Tom Papasodora. Papasodora has been solid in net all season long for Revere, and his 30 saves last Wednesday were instrumental in the Patriots first victory of the season.
“Tom has been great all year for us. It was nice to see him be on the winning side of one of his brilliant performances,” Coach Ciccarello said.
The coach had thought he was never going to be on the winning side of a game.
“It was nice to get this monkey off our backs. We have had some close games lately; it was nice to come out on top in this one. It was great to coach and watch my boys play a complete game,” Ciccarello said.
Revere will look to get its second win of the season when they square off against Swampscott on February 13.