A young Martha's Vineyard Squirts 1 team carried the day last Wednesday as they defeated a seasoned Nantucket team in a 2-1 overtime win to take home the Cape & Islands championship trophy .
The Squirts closed their regular season with a 16-4-2 record, and defeated Dennis-Yarmouth 2-0 in their first playoff game last month. The team did not play for three weeks before their Nantucket match.
On Wednesday the team traveled to Hyannis to face off against Nantucket, taking a 1-0 lead in the first period after a Jack Lionnette's pass set up teammate Richie Combra for a top shelf goal. Head coach Geoghan Coogan described the play as
Goalie Oliver Lively's standout play in the second period kept his team in the thick of the fight and earned a comparison to Tuuka Rask from Nantucket's coach after the game. Neither squad managed a score, and the Vineyard entered the third fighting to hold on to their lead.
Nantucket scored the tying goal with just over a minute left in regulation.
The Whalers took two penalities early into overtime, setting the Vineyard up with a 5-on-3 power play. Dylan Biggs, moved up to forward, grabbed the puck in the Nantucket zone and brought it across the ice to set Will Bruguiere up for a quick behind-the-net sweep. Will tucked the puck behind Nantucket's keeper “before the goaltender could even make a move on the puck,” head coach Geoghan Coogan reported.
Coach Coogan said this is the last year the team will compete in the Cape & Islands League; the Squirts 1 will move to a new league next season. The win was a way to "go out in style," Coach Coogan said.
The Squirts 1 team is comprised of Dylan Biggs, Will Bruguiere, Richie Combra, John Coogan, Cam Geary, Eli Gundersen, Jack Lionnette, Oliver Lively, Matthew Pouliot, Nicholas Rego, Daniel Serpa, Jacob Silvia, and Noah Smith.
In picture, the Squirts celebrate their overtime championship win. Photo courtesy Geoghan Coogan.