By Joe McConnell
The Revere-Malden boys’ co-op hockey team (1-3 in the Northeastern Conference South Division, 1-7-1 overall) got a much needed win on Wednesday night, Jan. 9, when they doubled up Everett to the tune of 8-4 at the Cronin Rink.
The win came after a 6-2 loss to Gloucester last Saturday. “We hung in there against a really good club [Gloucester], and it shows we are making some progress in each game,” said coach Joe Ciccarello.
The Fishermen led after one period by only a 1-0 count. But a couple of Gloucester power play goals turned this game around in their favor rather quickly.
“Overall, we are making better decisions, and we’re not turning the puck over, but we still have to find a way to stay out of the [penalty] box,” said Ciccarello.
The veteran Revere coach knows that the team can’t afford being shorthanded, because of its lack of depth. As a result of those inopportune penalties, the Gloucester boys took a 4-1 lead into the third period.
Zach Rufo netted the first Revere goal in the Gloucester game from Wayne Cintolo. Ricky Briana netted the team’s third period tally assisted by Cintolo.
Sophomore goalie J.T. Bowdridge played perhaps his best game yet in his young varsity career after making 35 stops, according to Ciccarello. “He definitely kept us in this game,” he said afterwards. “He’s playing really well for us.”
The Revere offense then got rolling in the Everett game with five unanswered goals in the first period to take a commanding lead after one, 5-0.
“We kinda fell asleep in the second period, when Everett scored twice, before picking it back up in the third,” Ciccarello said.
Senior Cam Mazza on solo efforts and Briana paced the offensive attack with two goals apiece. Freshman Alexio Trichilo lit the lamp for the first time in his varsity career in this game to go along with other single markers from junior Joe Papasodora, Rufo and Cintolo. Rufo and Cintolo led the team in assists with two each after setting up their line-mate Briana’s goals. Bowdridge played the first two periods in net before classmate Christian Goroshko took over between the pipes in the third.
The Patriots will now welcome the Lynn Jets to Cronin Rink on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game. They will then head to Everett for a rematch with the Crimson Tide on Wednesday night, Jan. 16, starting at 7 p.m.