Hockey team struggles to keep momentum going in Spartan Cup championship
Despite overcoming cross-town rival Bishop Stang to advance in the Spartan Cup, Dartmouth lost the championship game - and final regular season game - to Plymouth South in overtime on February 16.
The first period passed with neither team scoring, but Plymouth South picked up the first point of the night in the second. Dartmouth eventually tied it up on a power play with four minutes left in the period. With only 14 seconds left in the second period, the Indians took the lead before heading to the locker room.
The third period saw the Panthers come out and tie it up 2-2 with 10:35 left to play in the third period. The Indians returned with another goal with 7:44 left, but couldn’t keep their edge as the Panthers turned around and tied it up late in the third period.
After a brief break both teams hit the ice for overtime where the Panthers netted a fast one past Dartmouth goalie Charlie Gamache to win it all.
Gamache said even though they lost, it was a good game played on both sides. Going into post-season play Gamache hopes to improve some minor things, but that the team has definitely elevated it’s game over the season.
“Overall, I think everybody has stepped up and played a lot better then we have in the beginning of the season and even in the middle of the season,” Gamache said. “I think there’s just been a lot of growth from our young guys to our seniors.”
Dartmouth clinched their playoff spot after winning 9-2 against Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School on February 12.
For Gamache, playoff season means more games, more fun, and more excitement.
“Just the atmosphere, it’s always great,” Gamache said. “It’s just always a fun time getting those extra games after the season.”
Head Coach Michael Cappello echoed Gamache about how well the team played, and the direction the team is going in.
“We come out of the weekend with three points, we got some momentum, certainly we strive to get better every week but we are definitely moving in the right direction,” Cappello said. “We feel good about our team as we head into the tournament.”
As far as the atmosphere in the locker room afterward, Cappello said the boys felt good about how they played even though they lost.
“Yeah, we wanted to win but our effort was there everything happened and our goalie played fantastic today,” Cappello said. “It was a good team, certainly we want to get the W but we feel pretty good about how we’re playing right now.”
As for upcoming post-season practice, Cappello will look at keeping offensive strong and improving on the defense as they move forward. He also noted working with the special teams more.
The Indians won't have their match-ups set until seeds and brackets are released.