There were two battles going on at the Portsmouth Abbey Friday night. The Mt Hope Huskies boys hockey team played the Woonsocket/Scituate Co-op on the ice. Off the ice and more importantly, Huskies Hockey took part in the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to try and raise funds to support the battle aginst cancer.
On the ice, the Huskies struck early with strong play in the offensive zone. Junior Ryan Cordeiro scores a pair of goals in the first period. Woonsocket/Scituate responds and the period ends with the Huskies up 2-1. Early in the second period, Junior Jack Dolan's saucy paws make a pretty pass to Sophomore Cam Rancourt who shoots and scores to take a 3-1 lead. Mid-way through the 2nd period, the Huskies go on the power play. Cordeiro completes the hat trick and buries one as the Huskies jump ahead 4-1. Assists to Dolan and Rancourt. Before the period finishes, Woonsocket/Scituate scores and both teams head to the locker room as the Huskies lead 4-2.
With a fresh sheet of ice at the ready, both teams lock in for the third period. Woonsocket/Scituate carries the play and scores to get within one and a 4-3 score. Meanwhile, Mt Hope Senior goaltender Kyle Depoy is standing on his head between the pipes, finishing the night with 32 saves, including a highlight reel save on a two on one in the third period. With a little over five minutes remaining in the game, Cordeiro does some dirty work in front of the net and puts in his fourth of the game with the assist going to Senior Austin Hogan. Huskies take a 5-3 lead into the closing minutes and hang on for the victory.
Off the ice, Huskies hockey was able to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Providence RI. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped donate for the cause. Mt Hope Huskies Hockey would like to invite all students and local hockey fans to the Portsmouth Abbey on Wednesday, January 4th as the Huskies face off against Barrington in the 15th edition of the JP Medeiros Memorial Cup with all proceeds to benefit the JP Medeiros, Jr scholarship fund.