HYANNIS ─ It seemed sort of matter fact.
Ahead 2-0 after the first period on goals by junior forward Nick Dunne and senior forward Ben Barattini, the host Barnstable High Red Raiders appeared as if cruise control might be in order. In the end, Barnstable won its season ice hockey opener versus the visiting Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins, but the Dolphins didn’t go down without a fight.
Just three minutes into the second periond, Dennis-Yarmouth’s Tom Slovak fired one past Barnstable senior goalie Jake Kaczyinski to make it 2-1 and then the battle for superiority ensued.
Playing a feisty, hard-checking brand of hockey through the end of the 2nd period, neither team could find the back of the net as the opponents exchanged back-and-forth possessions in front of a relatively subdued crowd at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in the Patrick M. Butler Rink. The score after two periods remained 2-1, Barnstable’s lead.
But something must have clicked in the locker room prior to the opening of the third and final stanza as the host Red Raiders poured on the offensive attack and peppered D-Y goalie Justin Servidori with shot after relentless shot.
But Servidor withstood the challenge and it was not until D-Y head coach Neal Donohue pulled Servidori in favor of an extra forward and left the net unattended that Barnstable would answer with its final tally.
Senior defensman Donnie Brodd found the net from mid-ice with a soft but accurate forward wrist flip to make it 3-1. Servidor was returned to the next with under a minute to go but the damage had already been done.
D-Y (0-1) returns to the Butler Rink this afternoon at 4:00 pm to take on Martha’s Vineyard while Barnstable (1-0) faces the Sandwich Blue Knights at 6:00 pm.
─ Sean Walsh/Cape Cod Broadcasting Media Sports. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm.