NR (2-3) meets Amesbury on Saturday

Published in the January 4, 2018 edition


PEABODY — Last Saturday afternoon, the North Reading High boys hockey team was nipped by host Lynnfield, 1-0, at McVann- O’Keefe Rink in Peabody. With that defeat, the Hornets record dipped to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Cape Ann League.

The lone goal of the day came at the 9:16 mark of the first period.

PATRICK SCANLON moves the puck up the ice during the Hornets’ game against Melrose in the Kasabuski Christmas Classic. (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

“We played hard and fought well against a very good team,” said Hornets head coach John Giuliotti. “We outshot them but just couldn’t score.”

The Hornets outshot the Pioneers, 28-21 on net. North Reading goalie, Justin DiPlatzi, made 20 saves to fall to 1-2.

Topped by Melrose at Kasabuski Classic

On Dec. 27, in the final game of the Kasabuski Christmas Classic at Kasabuski Rink in Saugus, the Hornets fell, 7-2, to Melrose.

North Reading had no answer for Red Raider forward Brendan Fennell who scored four goals.

“We didn’t play well,” acknowledged Giuliotti. “We started off slow and they have a very good team.”

The Red Raiders are one division higher (Division. 1 while the Hornets are in Division 2) and play in the very tough Middlesex League.

They scored four times in the first period and their other three goals in the second. North Reading didn’t score until it was 6-0 as both of their goals came in the second period.

DiPlatzi started in net and played in the first period making eight saves. Jacob Ancri played the rest of the game in net and made 13 stops.

The Red Raiders outshot the Hornets on net, 28-19.

This Saturday, the Hornets will travel to the Valley Forum in Haverhill to take on host Amesbury. That game will start at 1 p.m. North Reading then hosts Masconomet on Jan. 10 at Kasabuski with that game starting at 4:50 p.m.