TYSA Roundup: Junior Redmen Post Wins Over Wizards, Chiefs
Sep 24, 2015 05:38PM
● By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team had a successful weekend of hockey as they went 2-0-1 in the 3 games they played against the East Coast Wizards, Triton Vikings, and the Dorchester Chiefs.
On Friday September 18th the Jr. Redmen travelled to The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, MA to take on the East Coast Wizards Elite Squirts and skated away with a solid 3-1 win. The Jr. Redmen jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Joey Bourgea scored just 3 minutes into the game, firing a nice wrist shot into the corner of the net, assists on the goal going to Brady Chapman and Conor Cremin. The Wizards battled right back but great goaltending from Megan Cunningham kept the 1-0 lead for the locals after the 1st period. The Wizards used their speed to create some early 2nd period offensive zone pressure but great defensive efforts from Cooper Robillard and James Kierce thwarted any scoring chances. The Jr. Redmen took a 2-0 lead midway through the 2nd period when Conor Cremin fired a nice backhander past the sliding Wizards’ goalie, assists to James Kierce and Brady Chapman. The Wizards scored a late 2nd period goal to cut the lead to 2-1. The Jr. Redmen came out flying in the 3rd period and quickly regained their 2-goal lead when Matthew Cooke dangled around 2 Wizard defensemen & deked around the goalie for a 3-1 lead, assists on the goal going to Nick Calouro and Matthew Doherty. The Wizard were unable to create any 3rd period offensive zone pressure thanks to the great defense of Collin Strong and Alex Sovie. The Wizards pulled their goalie late in the game but were unable to get pucks past Cunningham and the Jr. Redmen left the rink with the 3-1 win.
The Jr. Redmen were right back on the ice on Saturday morning as they battled a familiar foe at the Haverhill Valley Forum, the Triton Vikings. The current Squirt Massachusetts State Champion Vikings and the Jr. Redmen had a number of epic battles last season, including the historic 2-overtime 2-1 game in the State Championship. With many familiar faces on the Viking bench, the Jr. Redmen knew they would have their hands full. The 1st period was a fast-paced battle which saw both teams get their scoring chances. The Vikings had the early offensive zone pressure but Alex Sovie and Collin Strong made sure the Vikings could not get any pucks to the Jr. Redmen net. The Jr. Redmen nearly took a 1-0 lead late in the 1st period when Conor Cremin and Joey Bourgea worked the perfect give-and-go but Bourgea’s shot just missed going in. The Vikings took the lead early in the 2nd period and eventually increased their lead to 2-0 with 7:45 left in the middle period. From that point on the Jr. Redmen controlled the play, getting scoring chance after scoring chance. The hard work finally paid off for the Jr. Redmen as Matthew Cooke scored on a rebound with 45 seconds left in the 2nd period to make the score 2-1, assists going to Nick Calouro and Matthew Doherty. The Jr. Redmen controlled the early parts of the 3rd period but the Viking goalie made a series of highlight reel saves on shots by Brady Chapman and Conor Cremin. The Viking nearly increased their lead midway through the final period but great goaltending from Megan Cunningham and tenacious defense from Cooper Robillard and James Kierce kept it a 1-goal game. The Jr. Redmen were getting ready to pull their goalie for an extra attacker when Matthew Cooke scored his 2nd goal of the game on perfect tic-tac-toe passing from Conor Cremin to Brady Chapman to Cooke, who buried a one-timer to tie the game with 1:48 left. The Jr. Redmen had some last second chances to take the lead but once again the talented Viking goalie was there to shut the door on shots from Cooke and Chapman, ending the game in a 2-2 tie.
The Jr. Redmen closed out the busy weekend of hockey on Sunday September 20th as they hit the road to the Malden Valley Forum to take on a talented and tough Dorchester Chief squad. Brady Chapman gave the locals a 1-0 lead just 2:30 into the game when he fired a wrist shot from the high slot that rang off the post and into the back of the net, assists going to Conor Cremin and Joey Bourgea. The Chiefs battled right back but were unable to break through the steel curtain defense of Alex Sovie and Collin Strong, who each made outstanding individual defensive plays to keep the 1-0 lead for the Jr. Redmen. The 2nd period started with a scoring flurry for the Jr. Redmen as they scored 2 goals in a 41 second span. Nick Calouro put the Jr. Redmen up 2-0 with 11:39 left in the 2nd period with a bar-down wrister, assists to James Kierce and Matthew Cooke. Cooke increased that lead to 3-0 with 10:59 left in the middle period as be banged in a rebound, assists to Cooper Robillard and Matthew Doherty. The Chiefs fought back and cut the lead to 3-1 with 4:47 left in the 2nd period and nearly scored again but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham did her best Tuukka Rask impersonation, making back-to-back saves to keep the 2-goal lead for the Jr. Redmen. The Jr. Redmen opened the 3rd period looking to increase their lead but breakaways from Chapman and Cremin were stopped by the Chiefs’ goaltender. The Chiefs went on the powerplay with 7 minutes left in the game and were able to put the puck in the net to cut the Jr. Redmen lead to 3-2. The Chiefs kept attacking late in the game looking to tie the score but the Jr. Redmen got 2 big saves from Megan Cunningham and some strong team defense to preserve the 3-2 with.