The Revere High hockey team got a chance to take a bit of a breather after a string of hard fought hockey games, as the Pats easily handled Northeastern Conference rival Salem by a 9-1 margin last Wednesday.
NEC all star Jay Sasso enjoyed an all star evening, as he beat the Salem goalie five times (two in the first period, three in the second) and added an assist for a six point night.
Linemate Sean Dean lit the lamp twice and was credited with two assists. Dale Paradise and Nick Tran also scored goals, both coming in the third period, and both marking their first ever varsity lamplighters.
Defenseman George Winer accounted for three assists on the evening and Anthony Noel had two assists. Peter Marino, Nick Adreani, and Mike Testa all had an assist.
The Salem goalie saw a lot of rubber as Revere finished with 35 shots on net. Salem ruined RHS goalie Nick DiMareâ€™s shutout bid with a goal with 2:57 to play.
However, the Patriots returned to face the ice wars against the NEC iron on Saturday against a strong Lynn squad and came up on the short end of a 4-1 decision. The Lynn team, an amalgam of players from Lynn English and Lynn Classical, has been highly competitive since the NEC decided to allow the schools to combine their hockey teams. Both Classical and English essentially had been the doormats of the NEC, but now together, it is a formidable hockey squad.
Sasso, assisted by Dean, scored the lone Patriot tally. It came with 4:42 to play in the first quarter and tied the game at 1-1. However, penalties proved the Patsâ€™ undoing in the second and third frames, allowing Lynn to score two power play goals en route to the 4-1 victory over the Pats.
â€œLynn is a good team,â€ said RHS head coach Jim Palumbo. â€œWe only managed 20 shots on net. The penalties hurt us and we cannot afford to make those kinds of mistakes against a good team.â€
Palumbo and his crew, who now are 3-4-2 on the season, will play at Saugus Saturday and then host Everett next Wednesday as they look to get over .500 and try to zero in on a berth in the post season state tournament as they start the second half of the season. Saugus is having an off year (the Sachems lost to Winthrop last week 10-0) and the Pats defeated former GBL rival Everett in their first meeting earlier in the season.