Hillies lost at sea as Fishermen advance to round of 16


Treely Dowd

GHS fans shower the ice in hats after Jack Costanzo’s hat trick.

YAHIR COLLADO, Sports Writer

On Thursday, No. 2 Gloucester Hockey won 8-1 at home against No. 31 Haverhill Hillies. An offensive overload with hat tricks from two players that led to the Hillies demise. The Fishermen defense did not allow a quick goal at the start of the game to determine their night.

“We got up pretty early and we maintained that lead,” assistant captain Dan O’Leary said. “We played defense first. We have to stay out of the box in order to make it to where we would like to be.”

The first goal of the game was from Jake Costa of Haverhill. He scored off of a previously deflected shot. The Gloucester defense began to lock down after that goal and it gave GHS’ offense puck possession. Shortly after the Hillies’ goal, GHS sophomore Emerson Marshall won the face off to set up sophomore Brett Cunningham for a goal. The score was 1-1. 

Senior Captain Jack Costanzo scored the second goal for Gloucester off of a no-look pass from sophomore Colby Jewell. Marshall scored his first goal of the night when he ricocheted the puck into the net off a shot from sophomore Joseph Orlando. The goals continued with O’leary receiving a beautiful pass from Marshall to bring Gloucester’s lead up to 3. GHS finished the first period up 4-1.

Fresh off four unanswered goals by the Fishermen, Marshall, only thirty seconds into the quarter, scored the GHS’ fifth unanswered goal. While both teams were down a man, Costanzo scored off a clean side skate which left the Hillies’ goalie clueless. The Fishermen were up 6-1. 

Both teams became more scrawny and a tussle broke out. After the skirmish, Gloucester was granted a 5 on 3 power-play. During the power play, Costanzo lasered in a shot from the left wing which resulted in his third goal of the night. The crowd threw their hats on the ice to celebrate his “Hat Trick.” The Fishermen ended the period up 7-1.

The final goal of the night came from Marshall. His goal looked effortless as he sidestepped the goalie to score. Marshall also finished the night with a hat trick of his own. The Fishermen ended the night with some underclassmen getting some playoff minutes. GHS closed out the game with a score of 8-1.

“Last night was a superb atmosphere,” Head Coach Derek Geary said. “It’s exciting for the school and the city to get behind our team in the way they are doing. Our team has earned a home ice advantage and I think we used it well last night, “ Geary said. “Our top players played exceptionally well last night. Costanzo, Marshall, Cunningham and Jewell were moving the puck beautifully all night and displayed their full talents. We are really looking forward to Monday night.”

No. 2 Gloucester advances to the round of 16 of the Division 2 Boys’ State Hockey Tournament, where they will face No. 15 Marblehead at the Dorothy Talbot Rink on Monday, March 7, at 6:00 pm.