It was far from perfect and at times downright sloppy, but the Gloucester men’s hockey team won their first Cape Ann Savings Bank Holiday tournament championship since 2017.
The Fishermen let slip two two-goal leads over Barrington, RI in Monday night’s tournament final, but came out on top in a 7-5 win at Talbot Rink.
“It was a frustrating game at times and we didn’t do our best, but I’m proud we finally got it,” said Gloucester head coach Derek Geary. “We have withdrawn from our game in the tournament a bit and we need to play better on our side. We haven’t won this tournament in four years so it was nice to see the team come together.
Barrington kept his momentum going after two goals in four minutes of play in the third period tied the score at 5-5. The Eagles also led the game for the next five minutes before Geary took a time out to regroup.
“I told them they had to live in the moment and forget about everything that happened tonight,” Geary said.
The time out paid off as Gloucester (4-0) began to get back on his feet and entered the power play with just over two minutes to go. As he did all night, the Fishermen’s power play unfolded as Emerson Marshall slipped in from the point and scored on a wrist shot from the lunge to give Gloucester a lead of 6-5 with 1:50 to pay. It was Gloucester’s fourth power-play goal and Marshall’s second of the game. The sophomore went on to take tournament MVP honors, scoring four times and notching two assists in two tournament wins.
“He certainly showed a talent for scoring winning goals in his young high school career,” Geary said of Marshall. “Our power play had great structure all night and great puck movement. Emerson did a good job of getting to a spot to get a good shot. “
The Fishermen added an empty net with 38 seconds left as Nick White won the puck race after a long clear round and found Joseph Orlando up front, who buried his shot to cap the score at 7-5. Riley De Haan took the win in goal with 30 saves, including several tough saves in the second and third periods.
It took Gloucester less than two minutes to open the scoring as Drew White’s wrist shot from the left circle deflected the goalkeeper’s glove and infiltrated the right post for a 1-0 lead in Gloucester. Barrington, however, equalized just 20 seconds later on a power play goal from Josh LeBlanc. But Gloucester had a quick response as Jack Costanzo scored his first of three power play goals on the evening to make it 2-1 just two and a half minutes later. He added another power-play goal two minutes later, hitting a low right-circle shot on a pass from Marshall to make it 3-1.
Barrington, however, had a response as Henry Kelsey deflected a Cody Wood shot from the point to make it 3-2, where it was after the first period of play. The Eagles tied late in the second period. on a goal from Brenen Gazeryan. But Gloucester again had a quick response as Costanzo completed the hat trick with another power-play goal, putting him off the bar and left circle through traffic to take the score to 4-3 after two. .
Marshall added his first goal of the night to give Gloucester a 5-3 lead early in the second period, intercepting a clear attempt and scoring first from the lunge. Barrington then responded with the next two goals to tie the game before Marshall won the game-winning game.
Gloucester advanced to the final of the tournament with a 5-2 victory over Marblehead in the first round on Sunday. Marshall scored two goals with Cunningham, Jewell and Nick White finding the back of the net. Costanzo, who was named to the All Tournament squad with seven points in two games, has three assists.
The Fishermen return to action on Saturday against Lynnfield at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody (12 p.m.).
Gloucester 7, Barrington, RI 5Cape Ann Savings Bank Holiday Tournament Final at Talbot Rink, Gloucester
Barrington 1 2 2 – 5
Gloucester 3 1 3 – 7
1st period: G, Drew White (a.) 1:52; B, Josh LeBlanc (Brenen Gazeryan) ppg, 2:10; G, Jack Costanzo (Colby Jewell) ppg, 3:40; G, Costanzo (Emerson Marshall, Jewell) ppg, 5:33; B, Henry Kelsey (Cody Wood) ppg, 8:23.
2nd period: B, Gazeryan (Kelsey) 12:47; G, Costanzo (Brett Cunningham) ppg, 13:28.
3rd period: G, Marshall (Cunningham) 1:08; B, Drake Almeida (UN) 1:35; B, Trevor Snow (Sam Faulkner) shg, 5:31; G, Marshall (Costanzo) ppg, 13:10; G, Orlando (Nick White) ang, 14:22.
Stops: B, Dom Bruzzi 24; G, Riley De Haan 30.
Records: G, 4-0.