The Saugus High School Sachems hockey team snapped a four-game losing skid with a win over Swampscott in its home opener last week. That momentum didn’t carry over to the next two contests at Kasabuski Arena.
Saugus dropped a 9-2 decision to Gloucester on Saturday and fell short by a 7-4 count against Lexington on Monday. The Sachems were able to reverse that trend on Wednesday evening when they tallied the first two goals and were able to hold off visiting Revere/Everett, 4-3, at Kasabuski.
The Sachems pulled out to a 2-1 lead after one period and went up 3-1 after Dante Mauro netted a power-play goal in the second period. From there, the visitors scored two of the next three goals but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Sachems, who earned their fourth win of the season. Eighth-grader Matt Smith got the win in goal.
Along with Mauro’s goal, Chris Regnetta and Jason Monahan also dented the net for Saugus, which improved to 4-6 overall. The Sachems have won three tight games (by two goals or less) since an 8-2 season-opening victory at Lynn.
The Sachems have given up a lot of goals in their recent losses – nine against Marblehead and Gloucester, and seven to Lexington. So it’s apparent better defensive play will be a key to any success Saugus experiences moving forward.
In the loss to Gloucester, Massey Ventre netted both goals and Monahan and Regnetta dished out assists. Against Lexington, Ventre scored twice and Jason Caron added a goal.
The Sachems host Beverly in a key Northeastern Conference South matchup Saturday (scheduled 7:50 p.m. faceoff) at Kasabuski. They then host Matignon in the final game of the current six-game home stand next Wednesday.