Junior Redmen Clip Falcons' Wings, 7-3
Nov 14, 2014 02:01PM
● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Junior Redmen Squirts hockey team.)
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey team hit the road for an away game at Belmont High School against the Cambridge Falcons and left the rink with a dominating 7-3 win.
The Jr. Redmen jumped out to a very early lead as Brady Chapman fired a wrist from the right faceoff circle that went bar-down for a 1-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game, assist to Matthew Cooke. The Falcons battled right back and used their size to create some offensive zone pressure but they were unable to penetrate the rock-solid defense of Andrew Grieco and Jonny Norwood. The Jr. Redmen’s potent powerplay gave the locals a 2-0 lead with just over 2 minutes to play in the opening period when William Rosato fired a one-time under the sliding goalie, assists to Andrew Della Piana and Jason Cooke. The Falcons had a chance to cut into the lead late in the 1st period but Jr. Redmen goalie Ben O’Keefe made a great pad save on a breakaway to keep the 2-goal lead intact.
The Falcons came out flying in the 2nd period as they quickly cut the Jr. Redmen lead to 2-1 when big #82 scored a pretty goal. The goal by the Falcons seemed to energize the Jr. Redmen as they scored 4 goals in a 5-minute span to take a 6-1 lead. Matthew Cooke got things started as he scored an ESPN “Play of the Day”, short-handed goal with 11:03 left in the period, assists to Brady Chapman and Jonny Norwood. Matthew Cooke struck again just 1:05 later as he fired a hard wrister over the goalie’s blocker for the 4-1 lead, assists on the goal going to Ryan Flynn and Andrew Grieco. The Jr. Redmen increased their lead to 5-1 when Billy Doherty fired a one-timer into the back of the net from the high-slot, assists to Conor Cremin and James Kierce. The 2nd period scoring spree ended when William Rosato scored his 2nd goal of the game on a nifty wrist shot from the left faceoff circle, assists to Daniel Kierce and Jack Griffin.
The Falcons opened the 3rd period scoring 2 quick goals to cut the lead to 6-3. The Falcons kept attacking and had some chances to cut into that lead but great saves from Ben O’Keefe and some solid defensive work from Daniel Kierce and Jack Griffin maintained the 3-goal lead for the Jr. Redmen. The Jr. Redmen put the game out of reach with just over 4 minutes to play when Matthew Cooke scored his 3rd goal of the game for the “hat trick”, assist to Brady Chapman. The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the final 4 minutes of the game using their team speed and aggressive forechecking to keep the Falcons pinned in their own end. The 7-3 win improved the Jr. Redmen’s league record to 12-1-1 and their overall record to 19-3-1.