Junior Redmen's Offense Explodes In 8-4 Win Over Wakefield
Sep 25, 2014 02:51PM
By Bill Gilman
Conor Cremin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win over Wakefield
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team skated to an 8-4 win over the Wakefield Warriors on Friday September 19th at the Ice Palace in Burlington. The win moved the Jr. Redmen early season record to 3-0.
The Warriors had the early scoring chances but great goaltending from Jr. Redmen netminder Ben O’Keefe kept the game scoreless through the first 3 minutes of the game. The Jr. Redmen exploded for 3 goals in a 2-minute span. Conor Cremin got the Jr. Redmen on the board first when he scored with 5:35 left in the 1st period, assists to Andrew Grieco and Billy Doherty. Jason Cooke gave the Jr. Redmen a 2-0 lead just 45 seconds later burying a one-timer from the high slot, assist to Will Rosato. Ryan Flynn closed out the scoring barrage with 3:38 left in the 1st period when he stole the puck from a Warrior defenseman, skated in alone & fired a hard wrister into the back of the net. The Jr. Redmen got solid defensive efforts late in the 1st period from Daniel Kierce and Jack Griffin to keep the 3-0 lead for the Jr. Redmen.
The Jr. Redmen took a 4-0 lead just 38 seconds into the 2nd period when Will Rosato fired home a rebound, assist to Jason Cooke. The Warriors turned up the pressure and scored 2 goals in less than a minute to cut the Jr. Redmen lead in half, 4-2. The Jr. Redmen then exploded for 4 goals in the final 6 minutes of the 2nd period. Brady Chapman took a pass in the high slot and fired a wrister over the goalie’s glove for the 5-2 lead with 6:57 left in the period, assist to James Kierce. Matthew Cooke scored on some great powerplay puck movement with 6:21 left in the period, assists to Conor Cremin and Billy Doherty. Brady Chapman scored his 2nd goal of the game with 5:24 left in the 2nd period to make the score 7-2, assist to Matthew Cooke. The Jr. Redmen closed out the scoring with 1:12 left in the 2nd period when Andrew Della Piana fired home a rebound, assists to Brady Chapman and Jonny Norwood.
The Warriors never quit and opened up the 3rd period by scoring 2 quick goals to cut the Jr. Redmen lead to 8-4. The Jr. Redmen turned up the pressure and used their team speed and tenacious forechecking to keep the puck pinned in the Warrior zone for much of the final period. When the Warriors did create scoring chances they were unable to get pucks past Jr. Redmen goalie Ben O’Keefe, who made 2 great saves on breakaways that had the crowd chanting OKIE. The Jr. Redmen closed out the game controlling play thanks to the rock solid defense of Andrew Grieco, Jonny Norwood, Daniel Kierce, and Jack Griffin.