Defense Carries Junior Redmen To Weekend Wins
Dec 11, 2014 06:58AM
● By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Junior Redmen Squirts -- James Kierce, Ben O'Keefe, Conor Cremin Jonny Norwood, Billy Doherty, Andrew Grieco, Matthew Cooke, Andrew Della Piana, William Rosato Ryan Flynn, Jason Cooke, Brady Chapman, Daniel Kierce, Jack Griffin, Sean O'Keefe, BJ Doherty, Michael Chapman, Brian Kierce
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team continues their strong play by sweeping weekend action against Marblehead and Needham. The 2 wins improve their league record to 18-1-1 and their overall record to 27-4-1.
On Saturday December 6th the Jr. Redmen had an early morning battle with Marblehead at the Haverhill Valley Forum. The Jr. Redmen came out flying and put immediate offensive zone pressure on Marblehead resulting in 2 quick scoring chances from Conor Cremin and Ryan Flynn. The Jr. Redmen continued to use their tenacious forecheck to create scoring chances but the talented Marblehead goaltender was able to make a series of saves against Matthew Cooke, James Kierce, and Andrew Della Piana to keep the game scoreless through the 1st period. Marblehead started to use their team speed to put pressure on the Jr. Redmen but they were unable to penetrate the rock solid defense played by Andrew Grieco, Daniel Kierce, Jack Griffin, and Jonny Norwood. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance midway through the 2nd period to take the lead when William Rosato made a beautiful cross-ice pass to Jason Cooke but Cooke’s one-time snap shot that was headed into the top corner of the net somehow deflected off the knob of the goalie’s stick & into the crowd. Marblehead controlled play for the final 2 minutes of the 2nd period but the Jr. Redmen got great goaltending from Ben O’Keefe to keep the game scoreless entering the final period. The Jr. Redmen took a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the 3rd period when Jason Cooke fired home a wrister from the high slot, assists to Conor Cremin and Ryan Flynn. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to take a 2-goal lead midway through the final period on the powerplay when Andrew Grieco made a great rush up the ice and sent a pass across the crease but Matthew Cooke’s redirect rang off the far post. The Jr. Redmen were able to increase their lead to 2-0 late in the game when Brady Chapman skated through the Marblehead defense and fired a wrister into the back of the net. Marblehead put the pressure on the Jr. Redmen late in the game but once again the Jr. Redmen defense was outstanding, securing the 2-0 win and the 4th consecutive shutout in the Valley League for the Jr. Redmen.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Sunday December 7th for a battle with a talented and speedy Needham Rockets team at the Burlington Ice Palace. The Rockets came out flying and put pucks on net early on but Jr. Redmen goalie Ben O’Keefe made a number of saves to keep the game scoreless. The Jr. Redmen exploded for 3 goals in a 2:30 span midway through the 1st period. Andrew Della Piana got things started, giving the Jr. Redmen a 1-0 lead, assist on the goal to William Rosato. Jason Cooke scored 1:12 later off a faceoff win to give the locals a 2-0 lead, assist to Brady Chapman. Cooke scored his 2nd straight goal, on the powerplay, to increase the lead to 3-0, assists to Brady Chapman and James Kierce. The Rockets speed was matched by some tough, hard-nosed defense from Daniel Kierce and Jack Griffin, resulting in a 3-0 lead for the Jr. Redmen after the 1st period. The Jr. Redmen struck early in the 2nd period as Brady Chapman fired a wrister top shelf for the 4-0 lead, assist to Jason Cooke. Any attempts by the Rockets to get pucks near the Jr. Redmen net were thwarted by all-world defense from Andrew Grieco and Jonny Norwood. William Rosato was able to increase the lead to 5-0 late in the 2nd period on a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play, assists to Matthew Cooke and Andrew Della Piana. The Rockets were able to score a late goal in the 3rd period to break the 186+ minute scoreless streak the Jr. Redmen had. The locals controlled play for the final 2 minutes of the game and left the rink with a well-deserved 5-1 win.