Wahconah hockey tops Easthampton to finish regular season
EASTHAMPTON >> After a scoreless first period, the Wahconah hockey team's offense came alive for seven goals in the second against Easthampton on Wednesday.
It helped ensure an 8-1 victory heading into the Western Mass. tournament.
Mike Moreno registered a hat trick for the Warriors (14-4-1), with two goals in the second period and one in the third at Williston Northampton School.
"We knew it was coming," Moreno said of the strong second period. "We were working hard, we were forechecking hard. We came prepared for this game, and we came out with a win."
Andrew Beaudoin scored twice for Wahconah while Nate Lapine registered three assists. Goalie Nico Romano played very well, allowing only one goal before he was pulled with a seven-goal lead and 4:59 remaining in the third.
With the game well in hand, and as the horn sounded to end the game, the teams got into a skirmish in front of the Wahconah bench.
"I thought we did a pretty good job keeping it cool the whole game," Wahconah coach Don Disbrow said. "We tried to warn the officials about the particular person. The kid didn't stop, he kept doing the same thing all game. We had our hands full trying to hold back 20 kids with four coaches."
Disbrow said he hadn't heard anything yet about potential discipline.
"Hopefully we didn't get anything," he said. "The kid jumped into our bench."
After the aforementioned scoreless first period, Beaudoin scored to give Wahconah a 1-0 lead. Then, a four-minute major on an Easthampton player resulted in an ejection.
The Warriors went on a four-minute power play, but despite going the first two minutes without scoring, Henry Churchill scored with 9:54 left in the second, the beginning of a three-goals in 21 seconds span for Wahconah.
After Churchill's goal, while still on the power play, Moreno scored 13 seconds later followed by Mitch Andrews only eight seconds after that to give Wahconah a 4-0 lead.
"We had our opportunities," Disbrow said of the first period. "They were actually breaking out pretty decent against us, which I wasn't happy about. I don't think we came in with the effort that we should have in the first period. But we picked it up."
Easthampton got one back when Jonathan Brodeur found the back of the net, but Moreno, Beaudoin and Vinnie Orlandi all scored before the buzzer sounded on the second period.
Moreno completed his hat trick with 10:50 remaining in the third period, giving Wahconah an 8-1 advantage.
The Warriors find out their Western Mass. seed Saturday morning at the seeding meeting.
W — Andrew Beaudoin (Nate Lapine), 1:45. W — Henry Churchill (Lapine, Logan Rumbolt), 5:06. W — Mike Moreno (unassisted), 5:19. W — Mitch Andrews (Hoby MacWhinnie), 5:27. E — Jonathan Brodeur (Cody Cleveland), 6:11. W — Mike Moreno (Nico Moreno), 8:48. W — Beaudoin (unassisted), 12:56. W — Vinnie Orlandi (Lapine), 14:04.
W — Mike Moreno (unassisted), 4:10.