By Jerry DiStefano
The Everett High boys’ hockey team displayed its best offensive showing of the season, lighting the red lamp seven times, but had to hold on for a 7–6 triumph over Cambridge last week.
The Crimson Tide got off to a great start; they led 3–0 at the end of the first period. Cambridge never went away, as they battled to keep it a game in the second period. Cambridge cut the Everett lead to just one at the end of the second period (5–4). The Tide scored two quick goals in the third period to increase their lead back to three (7–4). Cambridge would then rattle two off in a row but could never get even with Everett.
Everett Head Coach Alex Naumann was happy to see his team’s offense play so well. “For a long time during this season, we had a tough time finding the net. Well, this game that was not the case, which was nice to see. I would have liked my team to play much better defense in this one, but it was good to see the boys score some goals,” Naumann said.
Leading the way for the Tide was Shawn Doyle. Doyle set the stage for a big offensive game for Everett, as he went off for four goals and two assists. Doyle scored twice in the first period and added single goals in the second and third periods.
Steven Faia accounted for one goal and two assists, and Steven Chaves lit the lamp as well with a slapper from the point for the Tide.
This win was Everett’s second in their last four games. The other victory was a 2–1 squeaker against Mystic Valley.
Coach Naumann wants his team to keep improving. “I know we are late into the season, but it’s never too late to get better. Against Mystic Valley we were great on defense and so-so on offense, and against Cambridge was the polar opposite. I would like to see my boys play a complete game on both the offense and defense,” Naumann said.
Everett is now 4–8–1 for the season. The Tide still have a shot in making the state tournament but have to get on a winning streak now. They will square off against Medford and Salem this upcoming week.
Coach Naumann knows what every game means for his squad. “Every game is a tournament game for us now. We have to win or go home,” Naumann said.