PATRICK SPYCHALSKI skates back to an elated Pioneer bench after scoring his first varsity goal during Lynnfield’s 6-1 win over Pentucket on Jan. 31. (LHS Boys’ Hockey Photo)



After press time: Lynnfield defeats Gloucester 5-2 (Feb 7)
Lynnfield falls to Scituate 3-1 (Feb 10)



NEWBURYPORT — It was a heartbreaking defeat for the Lynnfield High boys’ hockey team last Saturday afternoon as they lost to host Newburyport, 3-2, in overtime at the Graf Rink.

With that result, the Pioneers’ record dipped to 7-8 overall and 5-4 in the Cape Ann League.

Will Palermino was the hero for the Clippers as he stole the puck and scored 1:36 into the overtime session in the 4-on-4 format.

“We outplayed them in both of the games,” said Lynnfield head coach Jon Gardner. “It was a playoff-type atmosphere.”

Tristan Joyce had the lone goal of the first period 8:03 in as the Clippers heading into the second up 1-0.

Lynnfield tied the game four minutes into the second as Jack Carpenter scored assisted by Nick Kelter.

Less than two minutes later, Palermino gave the host the lead again on the power play

“There was a weird bounce off the Zamboni door,” pointed out Garnder., as the puck found Palermino, who cashed in.

The Pioneers tied the game at two with 13:12 left in the third as Jarrett Scoppettuolo tipped home a shot by Owen Considine on the power play.

Lynnfield out-shot the Clippers, 25-22, as Pioneer goalie Mike Marenghi (5-6) made 19 stops.

The Clippers, who clinched the Cape Ann League title the game before this one, swept the season series as they improved to 11-3-1.

On Jan. 31, the news was much better as Lynnfield rolled to a 6-1 home win over Pentucket at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody.

After a scoreless firs period, Lynnfield scored thee times in the second with two of them coming in the final 16 seconds to lead 3-0.

Tim Sullivan had the first one 5:14 in assisted by Aidan Norton and Joe Raffa.

Will Norton lit the lamp with 16 seconds left assisted by Jay Carpenter. The back-breaker came 11 seconds later as Considine scored.

The Panthers scored first in the third period 4:27 in but three minutes later, Will Norton made it 4-1.

Just 24 seconds later, Jack Carpenter made it 5-1 with Sullivan assisting.

Pat Spychalski then scored his first-career goal with 26 seconds left on the power play. Jake Connell assisted.

Lynnfield out-shot Pentucket 35-9. The Pioneers’ goalie was Angelo Covino who recorded eight stops to improve to 2-2.

On Feb. 7, the Pioneers host non-league Gloucester at 8:15 p.m. The Fishermen won the first meeting, 6-2, back on Dec. 30.

On Feb. 10, LHS welcomes Scituate at noon in another non-league contest. That is Senior Day as the Pioneer 12th-graders will be honored before the game.