Clippers Drop Close Game

A fast Waterville squad handed Yarmouth their first loss in MPA play.  Despite jumping out to an early lead, the axiom that a two-goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey proved true as Waterville concentrated on getting pucks and bodies to the net in the second period and picked up three unanswered goals.  Dan Latham had yet another strong game as he turned away 25 shots.

Patrick Grant attempts to elude Waterville defenders
Patrick Grant attempts to elude Waterville defenders

Waterville dominated the first two minutes of the game, but the Clippers regrouped and began to generate offense off transition.  Patrick Grant scored the first goal of the game off a nasty, behind-the-back pass from Noah Grondin and the Clippers extended the lead to two when Captain Walter Conrad (Grant, Marjerison) scored with two seconds remaining in the period.

Clippers battle in defensive zone
Clippers battle in defensive zone

Despite their strong play in the first, Waterville outplayed Yarmouth in the second period as they moved their forwards higher in the neutral zone to take advantage of their team speed.  The Clippers gave up three answered goals including what would prove to be the game winner with 21 seconds left in the period.

In the final period, both teams had a number of scoring opportunities, but Yarmouth struggled to get pucks to the net for the final tally.  Yarmouth moves on to play Brunswick at Watson Arena (Bowdoin College) this Wednesday.  Game time is 5:30 pm.

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Captain Walter Conrad chases puck on penalty kill
Captain Walter Conrad

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