The Lynn Jets picked up their fourth win in five games with a 10-3 victory over Division 3 rival Shawsheen Thursday night at Hallenborg Memorial Pavilion.
John DiFilippo led the offense with four goals and four assists. Andrew Patrie scored three goals and logged three assists.
Also finding the back of the net were Paul Papageorgiou (two goals) and Brian Clougherty (one goal). Clougherty added three assists and Matt Devin dished two.
Jets goalie Jack Gallant made 22 saves.
“It was definitely by far our most complete game of the season,” Lynn coach Mike Roberts said. “Right from the get-go we were aggressive on the forecheck. We scored 38 seconds into the game. DiFilippo, Patrie and Clougherty were all on fire. Papageorgiou scored two goals. Devin had two assists. We had four shorthanded goals, two on one penalty kill in the second period. The momentum shifted physically at that point.
“Defensively we were playing without Christian Alquinta, who sat out with a back injury,” Roberts added. “The defense, with goalie Jack Gallant, really solidified our efforts. It was by far our most complete game of the season. We had seven penalties, which is alarming. But we scored those shorthanded goals which has to put us at about 10 shorthanded goals for the season.”
Lynn improved to 11-3-3 with the victory. With three games remaining in the regular season, each win is crucial as the Jets aim to improve their state tournament seeding.
“Going into this week we were saying this is one of our biggest weeks of the year,” Roberts said. “Traveling to Boston and Billerica can take a toll on us. We knocked both of these teams (Latin Academy, Shawsheen) in the tournament last year. Back to back wins enables us to stack up points and improve our seeding. Picking up four points this week is a testament to how hard these kids work on a daily basis.”
The Jets have a week to rest up and get their legs back underneath them. They’re back on the ice next Saturday afternoon (3) when they host Essex Tech for Lynn’s senior night. Lynn will wear camouflage jerseys to honor disabled veterans.
Gloucester 55, Winthrop 45
After a tough start, the Fishermen, who trailed 28-18 at halftime, turned things around during the second half to earn the win.
Chrono Washington led the Vikings with 22 points. Enjgell Ramadani added 11 points.
“We played really well in the first half,” Winthrop coach David Sacco said. “It was probably the best 16 minutes we’ve put together all year. We played well into the third quarter, we just couldn’t sustain it. We talked at halftime, knowing they’d give us their best punch. We knew we we had to punch back, we just couldn’t. Gloucester’s a well coached team.”
The Vikings dropped to 4-12 with the loss. Winthrop has three games next week, starting with a home tilt against Medford Tuesday (7).
“We have a lot left,” Sacco said. “We’re home against Medford Tuesday and we’re home against Saugus Thursday, who’s playing well. Then we’re on the road at Malden Catholic Friday. We have two games during February vacation. We’re playing for seeding. If we can win one during February break, we’ll qualify the state tournament (under the Sullivan Rule). There’s still a lot in front of us. We just have to keep battling.”
Winthrop 54, Gloucester 40
The Vikings visit Medford next Tuesday night (7).