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Tide boys’ co-op hockey returns to form to even record at three

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Everett senior captain David Saia notches his 100th career point against non-league host Timberlane

It was a much better and most memorable week for the Everett High School boys’ co-op hockey team. After dropping a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime decision to host East Bridgewater, 5-4, the Crimson Tide (2-2 in the Greater Boston League, 3-3 overall) bounced back Monday to double up non-league host Timberlane, 8-4. In that game, Everett senior captain David Saia was credited with a hat trick that resulted in his 100th career point, a significant milestone of perseverance and determination.

“(Saia) always gives us 100% effort in every game, while turning himself into a great leader and captain,” said coach Craig Richards.

Saia’s hat trick helped pace the offensive attack in the Timberlane game. Everett led throughout, taking a 3-1 lead after one and 6-4 heading into the third period.

Revere’s Mykell Schovanec accounted for the first goal on a solo effort. Frankie Annunziata then lit the lamp from Riley Constantine. Saia followed with his first goal of the game assisted by Chris Cecca and Jacky Summers to close out the opening stanza.

Jake Simpson got the first lamplighter of the second period setup by Austin Annunziata. Saia then recorded his second tally of the game from Andrew Crasco. Saia wasted no time to secure his historic goal from Michael Brandano and Constantine that once again completed the scoring in a period.

Brandano produced the team’s seventh goal to begin the final period, with Summers picking up his second assist of the game. Summers then finished off the offensive explosion with a goal from Constantine.

Aaron Al-Marayati was between the pipes throughout the first two periods, before Ben Rosa took over the goaltending chores in the third. The team ended up outshooting Timberlane, 30-15.

Both goalies also had considerable help from their defense. Richards specifically singled out the defensive contributions of Cam Couto and Mystic Valley’s Riya Tanivaki, while highlighting Constantine’s efforts on offense after assisting on three of his team’s goals. Mystic Valley’s Liam Thompson also caught the attention of the coaching staff for his fine play up front.

Rosa played the entire game in net against East Bridgewater. His teammates led, 4-2 after two periods, but the home team was able to tie up the game in the third, before winning it at the three-minute mark of the extra period. But Everett had more shots on goal, 20-15.

“It was a battle,” said Richards after the game. “The entire team did a good job, and they moved the puck very well, but we just didn’t get the results we wanted.”

Austin Annunziata was credited with the first goal from Lucas Deguire. Brandano poked one home assisted by Crasco. Simpson lit the lamp from Ollie Svenson and Cecca. Brandano then got his second goal of the game to complete the scoring for the locals from Simpson and Saia.

The Everett co-op boys will be taking on host Lynn for the third time this season on Saturday at the Connery Rink, beginning at 7 p.m. They will then look to avenge an earlier loss to the Highlanders in Somerville on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m.

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