Bulldogs, Vikings tie in late-season game

Feb 11, 2021

The Vikings and Bulldogs fought it out on the ice on Feb. 10 in a game that ended in a tie, likely knocking the Vikings out of the playoffs. 

Old Rochester Regional’s Bulldogs will be the third seat for their tournament. 

The Vikings held the lead for the first two periods, with goaltender Ryker King, who Wareham Coach Rich Valatkevicz said was “absolutely phenomenal,” blocking shot after shot. He let in the fewest goals of the season in his third start.

The Vikings scored their first goal about halfway through the first period, and scored twice in quick succession in the second. Goals were scored by Tyler Lovendale, Eldon Sears and Wylde LaTulippe, who extended his game scoring streak.

Entering the third period ahead 3-0, the Vikings seemed to lose steam.

In the last six minutes of the game, the Bulldogs scored three times, ending the game with a tie. 

“We got tired,” Wareham Athletic Director Ed Rodrigues said.

The game was the Vikings’ second-to-last of the season, and Valatkevicz said he thought his players lost momentum.

“We needed to skate better,” Valatkevicz said. “This was a big game for us, and we needed to win it to get into the playoffs.”

No fans were allowed to attend, which Valatkevicz said didn’t help.

“It’s very quiet. It makes a big difference that there’s no fans. I think the kids want to play in front of somebody, and it’s been hard not to,” Valatkevicz.

The Viking’s overall season record is 1-6-1.

The Bulldogs will be headed to the tournament, with an overall season record of 3-4-1.

Coach Zach Ledogar said he was pleased with his team’s performance in their final game of the regular season.

He said that because he tried to get most players on the ice, the team took a while to get their chemistry in place.

“It was the end of the season, so I wanted to get everybody involved,” Ledogar said.

Chase Couture, Ben Austin, and Chris Gauvin scored.

“We battled back. I was proud of the kids,” Ledogar said.

Wareham’s final game of the season will be against the New Bedford Voc-Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Gallo Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs’ first play-off game has not yet been scheduled.