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Shamrocks Drop Hard Fought Game 4—2 to Worcester Academy / U18 Tier 1 AAA

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:07PM
Jobin and Rockey With A Goal and Assist in 4-2 Loss

Wednesday afternoon the Shamrocks traveled to Worcester, MA to take on Worcester Academy. Worcester has had a strong start to their season currently 8—3—2 against NEPSAC opponents (Notable wins: Holderness 4-1, Vermont Academy 5-4, Albany Academy 6-3, Pingree School 8-1)

The Shamrocks came out hard setting the physical tone and speed of the game. The teams stayed tied at 0—0 through most of the first period until Worcester capitalized on a turnover on a Shamrocks power play. The host took advantage of the opportunity and took the lead 1—0. The lead would not last long however as Benedic Jobin got the Shamrocks on the board on a goal in which he went end to end up the right wing and beating the Worcester goalie low far side— Assists coming from Brett Rockey and Wyatt De Lise. The score was tied after one.

Worcester started the second period on the power play and took immediate advantage scoring right off the opening face-off to take the 2—1 lead. The Shamrocks would answer right back again however this time on their own shorthanded bid in which Jobin chipped a puck by the Worcester defender going in on a breakaway. Brett Rockey followed up hard to the next and buried the rebound into the open net. Score stayed tied 2—2 through two periods.

The Shamrocks controlled the play through the third period but would give up the eventual game winning goal on a Worcester Power play. Despite pulling the goalie while already on the man advantage with under a minute to go in the game the Shamrocks could not capitalize on multiple last minute opportunities. Worcester scored an empty net goal with 13 seconds left to seal the deal. Final score 4—2.

The Shamrocks come back Friday night at home against NPHL opponent NH Avalanche. Despite coming out on the losing end of their last two games, the Shamrocks are finding their legs and consistently setting the tempo of their games. It will come down to discipline and execution this weekend in two games that will have tremendous playoff implications.