During a busy four-game stretch this past week, the Saugus High School hockey team managed a split and now sits at 7-10-1 overall with two regular season contests left on the schedule. Perhaps the most important of those four games was Wednesday’s rematch against Northeastern Conference South foe Beverly.
The Sachems came up short to the Panthers, 3-1, in another close battle at Endicott College. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie earlier in the season at Kasabuski Arena. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Saugus had scored two wins in its previous three contests.
The Sachems shut out Swampscott 3-0 last Friday at Salem State University. Three different players tallied for Saugus. Jason Monahan, Chris Regnetta and Massey Ventre each scored, while Jason Caron collected two assists and Regnetta added one helper.
The Swampscott win was followed up with a 3-1 loss at Masconomet on Sunday. It was a good effort by the Sachems against a very good Masco team, but they couldn’t pull off the upset. Regnetta notched Saugus’s lone goal. Goalie Matt Smith helped keep the Sachems in the contest by stopping 38 shots.
Win number seven came at the expense of the Lynn Jets, 6-0, on Tuesday at Connery Rick in Lynn. Defenseman Ryan Ragucci tallied twice, including the opening score, and single goals from Ventre, Monahan, Dante Mauro and Evan Toto accounted for the rest of the offensive production. Adding assists were Monahan, Ryan Jones, Jason Caron and Jake Ferraro. Freshman goalie Anthony Poccio made his first-ever start and came away with a shutout.
Head Coach Jeff Natalucci told the press he was impressed by Poccio’s effort and said he has worked very hard in practice all season.
The Sachems play at Danvers on Saturday and close out the regular season at Winthrop next Wednesday, Feb. 23.