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Mass. HS Boys Hockey: Nantucket Captures Cape & Islands Lighthouse Championship

Hudson Perry scored his second goal of the game with 5:45 to play and Nantucket outlasted Dennis-Yarmouth, 3-1, in Saturday’s Cape & Islands Lighthouse Division championship game at Bovers Community Rink on the island.

Jack Gammons started the winning play when his point-blank shot from the slot was denied. But following the puck into the corner, Gammons then dropped it back out front to Perry, who wristed a shot past D-Y goalie Mason Sheehan to give the Whalers a 2-1 lead.

The visiting Dolphins (4-10-1) had chances to pull even before Nantucket’s Jack Billings jumped out a D-Y turnover and skated down the right wing before eventually finding the empty net to seal the victory.

Perry opened the scoring for Nantucket (12-3-1) in the first period, but D-Y pulled even on a power play goal from Zaq Quenneville.

The Whalers held a 32-13 advantage in shots for the game, but Sheehan and the Dolphins stayed even until Perry’s deciding score.

Zaq Quenneville

Marsh Hickman, Cosmo Tedeschi and Michael Culkins each had assists in the win.

* What originally was supposed to be a five-team tournament ended up with just three, after Mashpee/Monomoy and Martha’s Vineyard had to drop out because of COVID-19 protocols.

As a result, D-Y got a bye into the championship game while it waited for Nantucket, which slipped past St. John Paul II, 3-1, in Thursday’s semifinal.

Perry and Augee Freeman had a goal and assist apiece for the Whalers, with Billings adding the other goal. Gammons and Cole Evens added assists, and James Culkins made 21 saves.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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