THE NO. 4 LHS boys’ hockey team beat No. 29 Northbridge 10-0 in the first round on Saturday at McVann-O’Keefe Rink. The Pioneers will host No. 13 Nauset on Wednesday night, 5:15 p.m. at McVann-O’Keefe. (Courtesy Photo)

 

Hosts Nauset in Sweet 16 Wednesday night

 

By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

PEABODY — It was a walk in the park for the Lynnfield High boys’ hockey team in their first post-season game this past Saturday afternoon as they trampled guest Northbridge, 10-0, at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody in their Division 3 MIAA tournament opener.

This was a mismatch from the start as the Pioneers completely dominated the Rams scoring seven times in the first period. They called off the dogs the rest of the game as the bench got a lot of playing time

“I thought it would be a little closer,” admitted Pioneers head coach Jon Gardner. “I was able to give my top lines rest after the first period.”

The Pioneers played their fourth and fifth lines for most of the second part of the game.

Will Steadman, Aidan Burke, Tyler Scoppettuolo and Lucas Cook all scored twice. Steadman added a pair of assists while Burke had one.

Chase Carney, the team’s top scorer, had a team-high three assists while Tim Sullivan also added two helpers.

After the seven first-period goals, the Pioneers scored twice in the second and once more in the third.

Drew Damiani had the team’s lone power-play goal while Nick Lucich had the other tally.

Phinneas Mitchener was the Pioneer goalie the first two periods and made six saves to improve to 13-3-1 to get his first playoff win. Evan Fitzmeyer mopped up in the third period turning back four shots to preserve the shutout.

 

PHINNEAS MITCHENER stares a puck into his trapper during 10-0 win over Northbridge on Saturday. Mitchener got the win shutting out the Rams in two periods of work before getting the 3rd off. (Courtesy Photo)

 

The Pioneers outshot the Rams, 35-10, on goal.

With the victory, the fourth-seeded Pioneers improved to 17-3-1 while the 29th-seeded Rams ended the year at 5-12-2.

Lynnfield will now host Nauset in the Round of 16 game on Wednesday afternoon (March 9) at 5:15 p.m. back at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink. The 13th-seeded Warriors will enter the game with a mark of 13-7-1 as they beat North Middlesex, 3-2, in double-overtime in the first round last Saturday.

“We expect a much tougher game from them,” said Gardner.

The winner of that game will play the winner of the West Springfield vs. Hopedale game in the quarterfinals (date, location and time unknown as of press time).