The Mt Hope Huskies boys hockey team opened up the 2016-17 season on Saturday night. The opponent was a formidable foe in the Pilgrim Patriots. Early in period one, Mt Hope Sophomores Keegan Hanley and Cam Rancourt combine to stifle a Patriots break out in the Huskies offensive zone at the blue line. Rancourt then passes the puck to Junior Jack Dolan in the high slot. He skates in, fakes the shot and takes it to his back hand for an early Huskies 1-0 lead. Later in the period, Pilgrim scores and an up and down first period ends with the score even at 1-1.
The 2nd period features non-stop offensive action and physical play on both ends of the ice. The Huskies open the scoring with Rancourt deflecting a shot by Junior Ryan Cordeiro into the net. Pilgrim comes back with two more to take a 3-2 lead before Cordeiro buries a wrist shot to tie the score at three. However, the Huskies self-destruct by taking way too many penalties and forcing the team to play short-handed for much of the remainder of the action. Senior goaltender Kyle Depoy was solid in net as the Patriots poured on the power play attack, which leads to Pilgrim scoring two more to close out the second period with the Huskies trailing 5-3.
The third period opens and it's more of the same for the Huskies, taking penalties and playing short-handed. Mt Hope battles back with two more goals in the third, but are unable to overcome the numerous penalties taken. Huskies finish on the wrong end of an 8-5 final.