FAMOUTH — Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, Mitchell Tapley and Brandon Tuttle each scored twice Tuesday night to lead third-seeded Falmouth past sixth-ranked Noble 11-1 in a Western Class A hockey quarterfinal at Family Ice Center.

Tapley also had three assists, Brandon Morrill added three assists, and Dan Hanley and Ford Bohrmann each had a goal and two assists for the Yachtsmen (13-4-2), who scored three goals in the first three minutes.

”We knew we were heavily favored,” said Falmouth Coach Scott Rousseau, ”but we also knew they had won 12 games and could be a dangerous team, so we wanted to take care of business early, and we did that.”

Tapley opened the scoring at 1:41, off a scramble in front of goalie Ben Haskell, with assists to Tim Hanley and Jackson Pike.

Tapley then sent Tuttle into the Knights’ zone, Tuttle skating to the crease and scoring on a backhander 28 seconds later.

Julien-Pierre Clement fed Dixon Pike on a two-on-one with Bohrmann, and Pike scored from the left circle at 2:32 — his 100th career point.

”It’s a playoff game,” said Clement, who later added a goal, ”and you’ve got to get up for it.

”We wanted to come out hard like we always do, and we were able to get the puck deep. They’re a good team but we played well.”

Dan Hanley made it 4-0 early in the second, converting a rebound of a Johnson-Hoffman bid at 1:20, Morrill with the first assist.

Tuttle nailed the top left corner from the slot off assists from Tapley and Cam Bell, and Johnson-Hoffman filled an open net to make it 6-0 after Haskell came out to stop Dan Hanley.

Clement scored from in front with 1:03 left, and Hoffman-Johnson made it 8-0 nine seconds later.

”We got a little sloppy the last part of the first period,” said Rousseau, ”but we picked it up again in the second.”

Dana Woodworth scored for Noble (12-6) early in the third from Jesse Cotty and William Rodden.

Tapley answered from in close with nine minutes left, Dillon Dresser made it 10-1 a minute later, and Bohrmann closed it from Tapley.

Falmouth finished with a 47-16 shots advantage.

”Noble played hard and showed real class and discipline right up to the end,” said Rousseau. ”They’ve got a lot of guys coming back, and they’ll be there again next year.”


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