Junior Redmen Stay Hot, Blank Lynn Behind O'Keefe
Oct 23, 2014 03:43PM
● By Bill Gilman
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team continued their strong play, going 3-0 over the weekend with wins over the Lynn Comets, the Agawam Chiefs, and the New England Predators.
The Jr. Redmen traveled to the Valley Forum in Malden on 10/15 to face the Lynn Comets and the Jr. Redmen set the tone early, scoring just 45 seconds into the game when Jason Cooke tapped in a rebound, assists to Will Rosato and Andrew Della Piana. The Comets then controlled play for the next 5 minutes of the game but were unable to generate any shots on net thanks to great defensive efforts from the all-world “D-Crew” of Andrew Grieco, Jack Griffin, Daniel Kierce, and Jonny Norwood.
The Jr. Redmen came out flying in the 2nd period and scored 5 goals in a 6-minute span. Brady Chapman got it started when he dangled around 2 defenders and slid the puck under the sliding goalie, assist to Matthew Cooke. Conor Cremin increased that lead to 3-0 just 34 seconds later as he used his blazing speed to bury a hard wrister, assists to James Kierce and Billy Doherty.
The Jr. Redmen kept attacking and Will Rosato netted a pretty goal to make the score 4-0, assists to Jason Cooke and Andrew Della Piana. Brady Chapman scored his 2nd goal of the game just 1:32 later on a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play, assists to Ryan Flynn and Matthew Cooke. Daniel Kierce closed out the scoring in the 2nd period for the Jr. Redmen when he fired a bar-down wrist shot from the right point that the Lynn goalie never saw, assist to Will Rosato. The Comets opened the 3rd period looking to get on the scoreboard and had a number of scoring chances but Jr. Redmen goalie Ben O’Keefe made save after save to keep the Comets off the scoreboard. Brady Chapman closed out the scoring for the Jr. Redmen, with his 3rd goal of the game for his hat trick and the 7-0 shutout win for the Jr. Redmen.
On Saturday 10/18 the Jr. Redmen had a home game at Breakaway Ice Center against the Agawam Chiefs and left the rink with another convincing 7-0 shutout win. The Jr. Redmen jumped on the Chiefs early, scoring 3 goals in the first 5 minutes of the game. Will Rosato got things started for the Jr. Redmen as he fired home a nifty backhander, assists to Jason Cooke and Andrew Della Piana.
Brady Chapman gave the Jr. Redmen a 2-goal lead just 1:03 later as he scored a poweplay goal, assists to Matthew Cooke and Jack Griffin. Andrew Della Piana scored a pretty goal to increase the lead to 3-0, assists on that goal going to Jason Cooke and Jonny Norwood. The Chiefs came out strong in the 2nd period but solid defensive efforts from Daniel Kierce and Andrew Grieco kept the Chiefs away from the Jr. Redmen net. Ben O’Keefe did not see a lot of shots on net during this game but when he was tested, he was there to make the big saves for the Jr. Redmen. The Jr. Redmen went on one of their scoring sprees to start the 3rd period, scoring 4 goals in a 5-minute span.
Matthew Cooke got things started for the Jr. Redmen as he buried a one-timer from the left faceoff circle, assists to Ryan Flynn and Brady Chapman. Jason Cooke increased the lead to 5-0 just 1:22 later on a great deke move, assists to Jonny Norwood and Will Rosato. Jame Kierce, who always seems to be around the puck in the offensive zone, scored on a pretty wrist shot to make the score 6-0, assists on that goal going to Conor Cremin and Billy Doherty. Brady Chapman closed out the scoring for the Jr. Redmen with his 2nd goal of the game, assists to Ryan Flynn and Andrew Grieco. The Jr. Redmen dominated the final 4 minutes of the game, controlling the puck in the Chiefs’ zone and securing the 2nd straight shutout win for goalie Ben O’Keefe.
On Sunday 10/19 the Jr. Redmen took on the New England Predators at Janas Rink in Lowell. The Jr. Redmen knew they would have their hands full with a much bigger, more physical Predators’ team. The Jr. Redmen once again had a strong 1st period, scoring 6 goals. Brady Chapman scored just 1:37 into the game as he buried a wrister high over the goalie’s right shoulder, assists to Matthew Cooke and Ryan Flynn. That same line quickly gave the Jr. Redmen a 2-0 lead when Matthew Cooke sent a nifty snap shot through the 5-hole, assist to Brady Chapman.
The Jr. Redmen kept attacking and Jason Cooke made the score 3-0 when he fired a wrister past the Predator goalie, assists to Andrew Della Piana and Will Rosato. Matthew Cooke scored his 2nd goal of the period to make the score 4-0, assists to Daniel Kierce and Ryan Flynn. With just over 2 minutes to play in the period Conor Cremin scored a beautiful short-handed goal on a breakaway, assist on that goal going to Billy Doherty. Jason Cooke closed out the 1st period scoring barrage with 58 seconds left, assist to Will Rosato. The Predators opened the 2nd period determined to get back into the game and had a number of early scoring chances but Jr. Redmen all-world goalie
Ben O’Keefe made a number of key saves to keep the Predators off of the scoreboard. Matthew Cooke scored his 3rd goal of the game with just under 6 minutes to play in the 2nd period, assists on the goal going to Ryan Flynn (his 3rd assist of the game) and Brady Chapman. The Predators kepts attacking but were unable to get to the Jr. Redmen net thanks to great efforts from Andrew Grieco and Jonny Norwood. The Predators got on the scoreboard as they scored 2 quick 3rd period goals to cut the Jr. Redmen lead to 7-2. The Jr. Redmen used outstanding defense from Jack Griffin, Daniel Kierce, Andrew Grieco, and Jonny Norwood to shut the door on any more scoring chances for the Predators and left the rink with a 7-2 win and a great birthday present for their goalie, Ben O’Keefe.