Jr. Redmen Move On to District 10 Championship
Jan 29, 2015 08:00AM
● By Kieran Gilman
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the coaches of the Jr. Redmen.)
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team skated against the Greater Lowell Hawks in the Massachusetts Hockey District 10 Semi-final game on Sunday January 25th at the Allied Veteran’s Arena in Everett and left the rink with a 4-3 win.
The Jr. Redmen came out flying and peppered the talented Greater Lowell goalie in the first 3 minutes of the game. Conor Cremin and Andrew Grieco had the early chances to put the Jr. Redmen on the board first but back-to-back shots ended up in the goalie’s catching glove. The Jr. Redmen went on the powerplay with just over 8 minutes to play in the 1st period and great puck movement by William Rosato, Andrew Della Piana, and Jonny Norwood led to quality scoring chances but once again the Hawks’ goalie was there to make the big saves. The Jr. Redmen finally broke through and took a 1-0 lead with 4:02 left in the 1st period when Brady Chapman fired a wrist shot from the high slot into the top corner of the net, assist on the goal to Billy Doherty. The Hawks created some late 1st period pressure and were able to tie the game 1-1 with 1:03 to play.
The 2nd period started with both teams using their speed and hustle to create offensive zone pressure. The Hawks had the early pressure but they were unable to get pucks past the rock solid defense of Jack Griffin, Daniel Kierce, James Kierce, and Jason Cooke. The Jr. Redmen nearly took a 2-1 lead with just over 8 minutes to play in the 2nd period when Ryan Flynn sent a beautiful pass across the crease to Billy Doherty but Doherty’s one-timer ended up in the Hawks’ goalies glove just before crossing the goal line. The Hawks went on the powerplay with 4 minutes to play in the 2nd period but they were unable to take the lead thanks to great goaltending by Jr. Redmen goalie Ben O’Keefe. The Jr. Redmen took a 2-1 lead with 1:40 left in the 2nd period when Jason Cooke fired a wrist shot through the 5-hole, assist to Andrew Della Piana.The Hawks came out flying in the 3rd period and quickly tied the game 2-2 on a hard-working goal. The Jr. Redmen regained their 1-goal lead just 48 seconds later when Jason Cooke scored his 2nd goal of the game as he deked around two Hawk defenders and fired a bomb past the goalie from the right hash mark, assist on the goal to William Rosato. The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the next 3 minutes but scoring chances from James Kierce, Conor Cremin, and Andrew Grieco were all turned away by the Hawks’ goalie. With time winding down and the fans from both teams going crazy, the Hawks tied the game 3-3 with 2:29 left in the game. The Jr. Redmen were determined to get the next goal and avoid overtime and thanks to some aggressive work in front of the Hawks’ net by Billy Doherty and Ryan Flynn, the locals were awarded an offensive zone facoff. After a timeout, the Jr. Redmen lined up for the big faceoff. Brady Chapman won the faceoff back to Jason Cooke in the high slot. Cooke wasted no time and fired a snap shot into the back of the net for his 3rd goal of the game and the 3-2 lead with 1:02 left in the game, assist to Chapman. The Hawks pulled their goalie for an extra attacker but thanks to great goaltending from Ben O’Keefe and solid defense from Daniel Kierce and Jason Cooke, the Jr. Redmen won the game 4-3 and get to play in the District 10 Championship Game on Sunday February 1st.