Jr. Redmen Win 2 of 3 Over Christmas Holiday
Jan 01, 2015 08:00AM
● By Kieran Gilman
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the coaches of the Junior Redmen Squirts hockey team.)
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team had a busy week of hockey over the Christmas Holiday, going 2-1 in games against the New England Bulldogs, Lynn Comets, and Lexington-Bedford.
On Monday December 22nd the Jr. Redmen skated against the New England Bulldogs in a non-league game at the Breakaway Ice Center and headed into Christmas with a solid 5-3 win. The Jr. Redmen jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Jason Cooke scored on the powerplay, assists to Conor Cremin and Ryan Flynn. The Bulldogs battled back and tied the game midway through the opening period thanks to some hard work along the half-wall by Tewksbury’s own Ethan Torrisi, who quickly fired a perfect pass across the crease to #9 who tipped in the pass. The Jr. Redmen had some late period pressure but shots from William Rosato and Billy Doherty were turned away by the talented Bulldog goaltender.
The Jr. Redmen came out flying in the 2nd period and regained the lead when Brady Chapman scored his 1st of 3 goals on the day, as he broke in alone down the right wing on a breakaway and fired a nice wrister into the far corner of the net. The Bulldogs battled back and tied the game with just over 7 minutes left in the 2nd period. The Jr. Redmen scored 2 goals in a 2-minute span to take a 4-2 lead. Brady Chapman got it started as he fired home a rebound from the left faceoff circle, assists on the goal to Matthew Cooke and Ryan Flynn. The Jr. Redmen’s powerplay struck again, this time with Andrew Della Piana scoring on a nice passing play down low, assists to Andrew Grieco and James Kierce. The Bulldogs had some late 2nd period pressure but outstanding defense from Daniel Kierce and Jack Griffin kept the 4-2 lead for the Jr. Redmen.
The Bulldogs continued to put pressure on the Jr. Redmen as the final period started but they were unable to get pucks past Jr. Redmen goalie Ben O’Keefe who made a series of highlight reel saves. Brady Chapman scored his 3rd goal of the game with just over 6 minutes to play, assists to Andrew Della Piana and Jonny Norwood. The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the final 5 minutes of the game thanks to an aggressive forecheck and offensive zone cycle, and left the rink with a 5-3 win.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Saturday December 27th for a late afternoon game against the Lynn Comets at the Cronin Arena in Revere. The Jr. Redmen had revenge on their mind as the talented Lynn Comets ended the Jr. Redmen’s 16-game winning streak 1 week ago. The Jr. Redmen came out flying and took the early 1-0 lead when James Kierce scored off a rebound, assists to Andrew Della Piana and Brady Chapman. The Comets used their impressive team speed to create some offensive zone pressure but they were unable to penetrate the rock solid defense of Andrew Grieco and Jonny Norwood who each made outstanding plays to keep pucks out of the Jr. Redmen net. The Jr. Redmen had some late 1st period pressure when the line of Matthew Cooke, Billy Doherty, and William Rosato moved the puck crisply around the offensive zone resulting in a point blank shot from Rosato that the Comet goalie snagged with his catching glove.
The Comets came out strong in the 2nd period and had some great scoring chances but thanks to great goaltending from Ben O’Keefe the Jr. Redmen were able to keep their 1-0 lead. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to increase their lead when Ryan Flynn sent a great cross-ice pass to Conor Cremin who used his speed to get to the net but Cremin’s hard wrister rang off the left post. The Comets exploded for 2 quick goals late in the 2nd period to take a 2-1 lead.
The Jr. Redmen knew they would have to pick up their game in the final period if they wanted to leave the rink with a win.
The locals dug down and came out flying. Jason Cooke quickly tied the game 2-2 as he fired home a rebound, assist on the goal to Brady Chapman. Cooke struck again just 37 seconds later, giving the Jr. Redmen a 3-2 lead off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play, assists to Andrew Della Piana and Brady Chapman. The Comets continued to use their speed to create offensive zone pressure but outstanding individual defensive efforts from Daniel Kierce and Jack Griffin kept the 1-goal lead for the Jr. Redmen. The Comets pulled their goalie late in the game for an extra attacker but the Jr. Redmen were able to withstand the pressure and an empty net goal by Jason Cooke (his 3rd goal of the game) capped off the 4-2 win for the Jr. Redmen, assists on the goal to Conor Cremin and Daniel Kierce.With not much time for rest, the Jr. Redmen headed back to the rink for an early morning game on Sunday December 28th at the Breakaway Ice Center against a talented Lexington-Bedford squad. The Jr. Redmen knew they would have their hands-full as they would be playing without talented Center Matthew Cooke, who was fighting the flu bug. The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the majority of the 1st period as they fired 15 shots on the Lexington-Bedford goalie. The line of Ryan Flynn, Conor Cremin, and Brady Chapman had the best early chances as they moved the puck effectively around the offensive zone but 2 point blank shots from Flynn and Cremin were turned away. Solid defensive efforts from Daniel Kierce, Andrew Grieco, Jack Griffin, and Jonny Norwood kept the Lexington-Bedford forwards away from the Jr. Redmen net, resulting in a scoreless 1st period.
Lexington-Bedford opened the 2nd period quickly and they finally got some shots on the Jr. Redmen net but Ben O’Keefe was there to make back-to-back kick saves to keep the game scoreless. The Jr. Redmen went on the powerplay late in the 2nd period and had a great chance to take the 1-0 lead when Billy Doherty, Andrew Della Piana and James Kierce all had great scoring chances but once again the talented Lexington-Bedford goalie was there to make the saves.
After 2 scoreless periods, the Jr. Redmen scored just 12 seconds into the final period off a pretty passing play. Jason Cooke won the faceoff back to Daniel Kierce, who quickly sent a pass to William Rosato on the right wall in the neutral zone. Rosato skated the puck into the offensive zone and fired a perfect pass to Cooke in the high slot. Cooke wasted no time, sending a nasty snap shot into the top corner of the net. The Jr. Redmen nearly took a 2-goal lead with just over 5 minutes left in the game but shots from Conor Cremin and Brady Chapman were turned away. Lexington-Bedford struck for 2 goals in a 24-second span with just over 2 minutes to play in the game. The Jr. Redmen pulled their goalie for an extra attacker but last minutes scoring chances were saved by the Lexington-Bedford goalie resulting in the loss for the Jr. Redmen.