Barnstable U18 Hockey Boys Fall, Heading Home Sunday

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Barnstable Coastal U18 boys’ hockey team is coming home.
In spite of drawing first blood for the second straight game, the Barnstable team’s hopes of a national title evaporated Saturday afternoon at the Troy Sports Center in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Bruins from Illinois.
The Barnstable U18 boys' hockey team gave it their best shot at a national title this weekend in Troy, Michigan. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports file photo

The Barnstable U18 boys’ hockey team gave it their best shot at a national title this weekend in Troy, Michigan.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports file photo

Barnstable’s Jason Silvia put the Hyannis-based team ahead 1-0 at 5:20 of the first period and it was over seven minutes before Chicago returned the favor. At 12:35, the Bruins’ Zachary Carbine made it 1-1. Both players’ goals were unassisted.

But the Bruins capitalized on the momentum of Carbine’s goal and just 0:14 seconds later took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Greg Sommesi (12:49/1st) and again the goal came unassisted.
Barnstable’s Cody Pasic gave the Cape Cod boys hope when six minutes later he evened the score at 2-2. Ben Barattini assisted on the score at the 18:47 mark of the first frame, but the Bruins got would prove to be the eventual game-winner just as the first period was coming to a close.
At the 20:00-minute mark of the first frame, Chicago’s Dean LaMantia put his Bruins ahead 3-2 on an assist from Ryan Kelly and the lead would prove enough to send Barnstable to the showers. Chicago goalie Daniel Lennox shut the Barnstable team out through the remainder, and made 30 saves in the process.
Barnstable could not take advantage of the 12 power-play opportunities it was afforded by Chicago, but the same could be said of the Bruins as the Barnstable squad committed seven infractions. Although 19 total penalties were called in the affair, all goals scored came at even strength.
Barnstable’s Jake Kaczynski had 27 saves in the effort, giving him 67 saves over the course of two games in less than 24 hours against some of the best midget-level hockey players in the country.
But Chicago added a goal each in the second and third frames to ensure the win, with Sommesi netting his second of the night at 5:29 of the 2nd and Christian Davis with the Bruins’ fifth and final goal at 4:45 of the third frame. Riley Taylor assisted on both goals. LaMantia and Kelly also were credited with assists.
Barnstable will be flying home Sunday. It was the second time in four seasons that the Barnstable U18 team made a national championship bid. Cotuit’s Mike Pasic and Barnstable’s Rick Rainville were the team’s  coaches.
— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm
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