The Vineyard boys’ high school hockey team will advance to the next round in the state tournament following a solid 5-1 win Monday night against Whitman-Hanson at the Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne.
The seventh-seeded Vineyarders scored two goals in the first period against the tenth-seeded Panthers and never looked back. The Vineyarders first got on the board seven minutes into the game when Nick Billingham redirected a rebound from Darren Gazaille and fired the puck past Panthers’ goalie Brandon Lynch.
Later in the period Gazaille scored on an assist from Tad Gold, who had a goal on his own. A pair of unassisted goals by Chris Davies and Jock Cooperrider later in the game helped seal the win. Goalie Mike Capen was impressive between the pipes for the Vineyarders, making 16 saves.
The boys play number two seed Mansfield at 5:15 p.m. at Gallo Wednesday.
A complete story about the hockey tournament play will appear in the Friday Gazette.