The Revere High hockey team earned its first victory of the season Saturday evening with a solid 4-1 triumph at Lynn over the combined Lynn English/Lynn Classical squad.
Sophomore Shayne Ciambria put the Patriots on the scoreboard with his first career varsity goal 10:42 into the contest, with an assist going to Pat Bartol. R.J. Tiorano made it a 2-0 affair when he lit the lamp less than three minutes later, assisted by Bartol and freshman Marco Mazzarelli.
Senior Chris Hudson notched his first varsity goal 4:37 into the second frame to increase the Revere lead to 3-0. Sophomore Chris Curtis and freshman Brandon Mastropietro (yes, the third in the line of Mastropietros to skate for Revere) were credited with the assists.
Senior Captain Joe Corbett upped the Revere advantage to 4-0 with just 49 seconds left in the period, assisted by Dale Paradise and Tiorano, to give the Pats a healthy cushion entering the final 15 minutes of the game.
Although Lynn scored a goal midway through the final frame to ruin the shutout bid of Patriot goalie Jeff Redding, the outcome never was in doubt as the Revere defensive corps made sure that Lynn would not climb back into the contest.
“We played a very good, all around game,” said veteran RHS head coach Jim Palumbo. “Lynn has been a strong team in recent years, so this was a good test for us and a nice win.” Lynn English and Lynn Classical separately were perennial doormats in the Northeastern Conference, but they were allowed in recent years to join together and have been a formidable foe of NEC opponents since their combination.
“This also was a big improvement over our season opener,” added Palumbo, referring to the Patriots’ 2-1 loss in their first game last Wednesday against former Greater Boston League rival Somerville. Tiorano potted the lone Revere tally, assisted by linemates Corbett and Paradise.
“Of the 22 boys in the program, 10 are new, so it may take us a while to get some experience under our belts,” said the coach. “We skated much better and played more of an up tempo game against Lynn than we did against Somerville, and it showed on the scoreboard.”
Palumbo said he has been pleased thus far with the play of his defensive foursome of junior Chris Whalen, senior Mike Testa, junior Drew Lauria, and freshman Mazzarelli. “We’ve allowed only three goals in two games, so they’ve been doing a good job, and Jeff has played very well in net.”
Palumbo and his Patriots host Swampscott tonight (Wednesday) at Cronin at 6:30 and will do likewise against N.E. Voke next Wednesday, also 6:30 at Cronin.