Junior Redmen Ride Tough Defense To Win Over Lexington-Bedford
Nov 20, 2014 03:22PM
● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the administration and coaches of the Junior Redmen Squirts hockey team.)
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey team skated at the Lawrence Valley Forum on Sunday November 16th against a talented Lexington-Bedford team and left the rink with a dominating 3-1 win.
The Jr. Redmen set the tone early as they played in the Lexington-Bedford zone for the first 5 minutes of the game resulting in 10 great scoring chances but they were unable to get any pucks past a very big and skilled goalie. Lexington-Bedford was able to create some offensive zone pressure of their own midway through the 1st period but thanks to some great defense from Daniel Kierce and Jack Griffin, no pucks got through to the Jr. Redmen net. The Jr. Redmen took a 1-0 lead with 58 seconds left in the 1st period on a great hard-working goal from Ryan Flynn, as he battled hard in the crease to deflect the puck into the back of the net, assists to Conor Cremin and Billy Doherty. The kids from Lexington-Bedford battled right back as they scored a powerplay goal with 23 seconds left in the period to tie the game 1-1.
The locals came out flying in the 2nd period, determined to regain their lead and once again controlled play for the majority of the period but were unable to get any of the 15 shots they had on net past the Lexington-Bedford goalie. The best chance for the Jr. Redmen early on in the 2nd period came on a power play when a series of shots from James Kierce, Jason Cooke, and Brady Chapman were all turned away by NHL-type saves from the Lexington-Bedford goalie. The Jr. Redmen finally regained their 1-goal lead when Jason Cooke scored on a breakaway with a nifty deke move, and wrister off the crossbar and into the back of the net, assist on the goal to Brady Chapman. Thanks to some great saves from goalie Ben O’Keefe late in the 2nd period, the Jr. Redmen were able to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd intermission.
Lexington-Bedford came out strong in the 3rd period looking to tie the game but Jonny Norwood and Andrew Grieco each made outstanding defensive plays to keep the lead for the Jr. Redmen. First Grieco used his tremendous quickness to get his stick on a puck that was headed into the Jr. Redmen net, and then Norwood hustled from the neutral zone down the right boards to cut off a Lexington-Bedford player who was in on a breakaway. The Jr. Redmen took a 3-1 lead with just over 7 minutes to play in the game when Andrew Della Piana scored on a breakaway with a pretty deke move to his backhand, assists on the goal to Matthew Cooke and William Rosato. The Jr. Redmen dominated the final 6 minutes of the game, not allowing the puck to leave the Lexington-Bedford zone, giving the hometown fans reason to celebrate as the buzzer sounded to end the game.