Junior Redmen Pick Up Two Big Victories
Nov 07, 2014 01:30PM
● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information and photos were submitted by the Junior Redmen Squirt Hockey Team.)
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team continued their strong play over the past weekend with a pair of wins, running their league record to 11-1-1, and overall record to 18-3-1.
On Saturday November 1st the Jr. Redmen hit the road for a battle with the Cambridge Falcons at Belmont High School and left the rink with a come from behind 5-4 win. TheJr. Redmen came out flying and had some early chances thanks to the hard work of Ryan Flynn, Matthew Cooke, and Brady Chapman but the Falcons’ goalie was there to make the saves. The Falcons created some offensive zone pressure of their own but the Jr. Redmen got great defensive efforts from Jonny Norwood and Jack Griffin early on in the game to keep the game scoreless through the 1st period. The 2nd period turned out to be another fast-paced, defensive-minded period.
The Falcons had the better of the scoring chances early on in the 2nd period but Jr. Redmen goalie Ben O’Keefe made a series of saves that even had the Cambridge fans cheering for him. The Jr. Redmen nearly took a 1-0 lead with just over 3 minutes to play in the 2nd period when Billy Doherty fired a hard wrister off the crossbar. The 3rd period ended up being an offensive outburst as the two teams combined for 9 goals. The Falcons scored 2 quick goals early in the final period to take a 2-0 lead. The Jr. Redmen then erupted for 5 straight goals in a 4-minute span. Will Rosato got things started for the Jr. Redmen as he buried a one-timer from the right post, assists to Andrew Della Piana and Daniel Kierce.
Conor Cremin scored just 45 seconds later to tie the game 2-2, as he beat the Falcon goaltender on a breakaway, assists to Billy Doherty and James Kierce. Jason Cooke gave the Jr. Redmen their first lead of the game, 3-2, with 4:02 left in the game as he unleashed a bomb from the high slot that the goalie never saw, assist to Andrew Grieco. Conor Cremin continued the offensive onslaught just 33 seconds later as he made a great individual effort that started in his own defensive zone. Cremin blocked a shot in the high slot that saw the puck bounce out to center ice. Cremin then used his incredible speed to win a race for the puck and he skated in alone. Cremin made no mistake on the breakaway as he scored his 2nd goal of the game for the 4-2 lead.
Jason Cooke closed out the scoring for the Jr. Redmen as he scored his 2nd goal of the game, assists on the goal going to Andrew Grieco and Will Rosato. The Falcons battled right back and scored with just over 2 minutes to play on the powerplay to make the score 5-3. The Falcon then pulled their goalie and were able to cut the lead to 5-4 but the Jr. Redmen got some great defensive efforts in the final 1:40 of the game from Jonny Norwood, JackGriffin, Brady Chapman, Matthew Cooke, and Ryan Flynn to skate off the ice with a 5-4 win.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink Sunday morning November 2nd for a battle with the Waltham Hawks. The Jr. Redmen knew they’d have to be at their best against a very talented Hawks’ team. The Jr. Redmen controlled play early in the game getting two great scoring chances from the line of James Kierce, Conor Cremin, and Billy Doherty. The Hawks battled back and got on the scoreboard first with 7:38 left in the opening period.
The Jr. Redmen fought right back and tied that game 1-1 just 1:16 later when Jason Cooke scored a powerplay goal, assists to Andrew Della Piana and Jack Griffin. The Hawks had the better chances late in the 1st period but the Jr. Redmen once again got great goaltending from Ben O’Keefe to keep the game tied 1-1 after one period. The 2nd period was a high-scoring battle as the teams combined for 5 goals. The Hawks regained their lead with 7:38 left to play in the period. The Jr. Redmen then went on one of their typical scoring sprees as they scored 4 consecutive goals in a span of 4:45.
Brady Chapman got things started for the Jr. Redmen with 5:21 left in the 2nd period as he skated in alone on a breakaway and fired a beautiful wrist shot into the corner of the net, assist to Andrew Grieco on the goal. Chapman scored his 2nd goal of the game just 17 seconds later as he buried a rebound over the sliding Hawks’ goalie, assist on the goal going to Ryan Flynn. Andrew Della Piana gave the Jr. Redmen a 4-2 lead with 3:03 left in the period, assists to Jason Cooke and Will Rosato. Ryan Flynn closed out the 2nd period scoring spree for the Jr. Redmen as he fired a wrist shot from his knees past the Hawks’ goalie for the 5-2 lead, assists going to Matthew Cooke and Brady Chapman.
The Hawks came out flying in the 3rd period and quickly scored to cut the lead to 5-3. The Jr. Redmen battled right back and regained their 3-goal lead with some beautiful passing from the line of Billy Doherty, Conor Cremin, and James Kierce. Doherty started the play with a great neutral zone cross-ice pass to Cremin. Cremin skated in and slid a pretty pass under the sliding defensemen to Kierce, who wasted no time in firing a hard wrister past the goalie for the 6-3 lead. The Hawks had offensive zone pressure late in the game but they were unable to get past the rock solid defensive crew of Jonny Norwood, Andrew Grieco, Jack Griffin, and Daniel Kierce, who all made great plays to preserve the 6-3 win for the Jr. Redmen.