On Saturday evening, the number 1-ranked Salisbury Scarlet Knights entered Lossone Arena and dropped Williston 4-1. While Williston put up a solid fight in the first period, the eleven current Division I commitments and the rest of their teammates were too much for the Wildcats who appeared to peter out at times during the matchup.
The game started with excellent pace as both teams worked hard to establish early momentum that would hopefully carry their club through the entire fifty-four minutes. One fan commented early on in disbelief that the game was so hard-hitting and fast. While Salisbury mounted substantial offense at times, Williston goalie Trevor Corsello was up to the task making many excellent saves. At the other end, new junior Nicholas Haas was tested early and often as well. Williston got on the board first at the 7:38 mark of the period when Jake Sacratini was able to break up a Salisbury offensive zone opportunity at the blue line allowing his linemate Cam Mariani to gather the puck and streak in to the Salisbury zone with Brendan Nehmer driving hard to the net. Forgoing a pass, Mariani let a rip go from the right dot beating Haas far side. Williston took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after one period of play.
In the second, penalties and lack-luster efforts by the Wildcats led to three Salisbury goals, including the third on a breakaway by Nick Capone for a short-handed try. Salisbury went into the second intermission, 3-1.
In the third, Salisbury iced the game at the 2:05 mark when Capone earned his second goal of the game. Williston battled but Salisbury had too much depth. Corsello made 25 saves on the day while Haas made 26.
Williston looks to rebound with a three-game week. On Wednesday, Williston makes the hour-and-a-half trip to Ashburnham, MA to take on the #5-ranked Penguins of Cushing at 3:30, a team that they have not beaten in many tries. On Friday, Williston is back home to take on Academie Saint-Louis at 5:30 and then #7 Gunnery on Saturday at 6. Great seats are still available for both home games and offer a great environment for family and friends. See you there.