Close Game Ends in 3-3 Tie for Junior Redmen
Jan 15, 2015 07:00AM
● By Kieran Gilman
Junior Redmen Pre-Game
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the coaches of the Junior Redmen.)
On Sunday January 11th the Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team faced-off against the Andover Warriors in an Elite Division battle between two talented teams that ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Warriors came out flying and put immediate pressure on the Jr. Redmen but outstanding defensive efforts by Andrew Grieco and James Kierce (filling in for an injured Jack Griffin) kept pucks away from the Jr. Redmen net. The Jr. Redmen got their skating legs and were able to create their own offensive zone pressure when the line of Billy Doherty, Matthew Cooke, and Ryan Flynn created a 3-on-1 but back-to-back shots by Doherty and Cooke were turned away. Andover got on the board first with just over 8 minutes to play in the 1st period but the Jr. Redmen battled right back and tied the game just 1:09 later when Will Rosato buried a wrister from the slot area, assists on the goal to Jason Cooke and Andrew Della Piana. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to take the lead when they went on the powerplay with just under 3 minutes to play in the 1st period but shots by Conor Cremin, Brady Chapman, and Daniel Kierce were turned away. Andover scored with 47 seconds left in the period to take a 2-1 lead.
The 2nd period started with the Jr. Redmen using their aggressive forecheck to create offensive chances. They were rewarded with 11:09 left in the 2nd period when Will Rosato scored his 2nd goal of the game on another wrister from the slot tying the game 2-2, assists again on the goal going to Jason Cooke and Andrew Della Piana. With just over 4 minutes to play in the 2nd period the Jr. Redmen were awarded a powerplay when Billy Doherty used his strength to power through a Warrior defender before being pulled down. The Jr. Redmen capitalized on the PP when Brady Chapman deked around the Andover netminder and slid the puck into the back of the net for the 3-2 lead, assist on the goal going to Conor Cremin.The 3rd period turned into a fast-paced, back-and-forth battle. Andover had the early chances to tie the game but once again the Jr. Redmen got great defensive efforts from Jonny Norwood and Daniel Kierce to keep the 1-goal lead intact. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to take a 4-2 lead with just over 7 minutes to play in the game but Jason Cooke’s snap shot from the high slot rang off the post and the Andover goalie was able to snag the rebound off the stick of Brady Chapman. Andover’s speed caused a turnover in the high slot which was quickly fired into the back of the net to tie the game 3-3 with 4:23 left in the game. Andover kept attacking and had 3 great scoring chances on the ensuing shift but all-world goalie Ben O’Keefe made each save to keep the game tied 3-3. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to regain the lead with 2:30 left in the game but Ryan Flynn’s backhander just missed going in. The Jr. Redmen were whistled for a penalty with 1:03 left in the game but great penalty killing from Andrew Della Piana, Brady Chapman, Andrew Grieco, and Daniel Kierce, along with outstanding goaltending from Ben O’Keefe kept pucks out of the Jr. Redmen net, ending the game in a hard-fought 3-3 tie.