An overtime thrilled ended on the wrong side of victory for the Vineyard boys on Saturday afternoon as the team fell 9-8 to visiting nonleague opponent Pembroke.
The Vineyard dominated faceoffs in the contest, but was otherwise evenly matched with Pembroke, trading goals with the Titans throughout the contest. Junior Mike Mazza kicked off the scoring for the Vineyard early in the first quarter, with senior Tyler Paulson chipping in a goal with four seconds remaining. Paulson landed a second goal late in the first half. The second half belong to seniors Sam Burke and Tony Canha in scoring, with both scoring two goals.
Canha's second goal midway through the final quarter put the Vineyard up 7-6, but Pembroke tied the game with just under ten minutes remaining in play and won the next faceoff. A strong defensive effort by the Vineyard forced a turnover, setting the stage for Burke's final goal, on an assist from Mike Morris. Pembroke scored once more to make the game 8-8 with five minutes left.
With 1:17 on the clock, defender Andrew Fournier made a interception to put the ball back in Vineyard hands. With 1.2 seconds left on the team made a last-gasp attempt at scoring in regulation, but the shot was deflected.
Pembroke scored the game-winner a minute and a half into the overtime period.
The Vineyarders are now 7-6 on the season. They will play Dennis-Yarmouth at home on Thursday. Game time is at 3 p.m.
In picture, defender Andrew Fournier stays close on Pembroke's heels.