TYSA Roundup: Redmen Squirt AAA Remains Unbeaten With Two More Wins
Sep 30, 2015 12:27PM
● By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team continued their strong start to the 2015-2016 season by going 2-0-1 in weekend action. The Jr. Redmen beat Arlington 10-0, tied the Concord Capitals 1-1, and beat the New England Edge 10-0. The successful weekend improved the Jr. Redmen’s overall record to 7-0-2.
On Saturday September 26th the Jr. Redmen skated in front of a loud hometown crowd at the Breakaway Ice Center and skated away with a dominating 10-0 win over Arlington. The Jr. Redmen came out flying and took an early 1-0 lead when Conor Cremin slid a backhander under the sliding Arlington goalie just 28 seconds into the game, assist on the goal to Brady Chapman. The Jr. Redmen kept attacking & were able to increase their lead to 2-0 when Nick Calouro fired home a wrister from the high slot with 4:59 left in the opening period, assists going to Matthew Doherty and James Kierce.
Arlington was able to generate some late 1st period pressure but Megan Cunningham made back-to-back saves on point blank chances to keep the 2-goal lead for the locals. The 2nd period started with the Jr. Redmen going on a scoring spree as they scored 4 goals in a 3-minute span to increase their lead to 6-0. Brady Chapman got it started firing a one-timer over the goalie’s shoulder into the back of the net, assist to Conor Cremin. Cremin scored his 2nd goal of the game just 32 seconds later as he used his speed to bury a breakaway, assists to Brady Chapman and Joey Bourgea.
Nick Calouro made the score 5-0 just 22 seconds later as he scored his 2nd goal of the game on a beautiful passing play, assists to Collin Strong and Matthew Cooke. Cooke closed out the scoring spree to make the score 6-0 when he fired a one-timer off the post & into the net, assist to James Kierce. The Jr. Redmen then scored 2 late 2nd period goals to increase their lead to 8-0. Cooke scored his 2nd goal of the game with 2:27 left in the middle period, assists to Alex Sovie and Nick Calouro. Matthew Doherty scored on a breakaway to make the score 8-0, assists on the goal going to Cooper Robillard and Matthew Cooke. The Jr. Redmen opened the 3rd period with some beautiful puck movement resulting in a 9-0 lead with the goal going to Collin Strong, assists to Brady Chapman and Alex Sovie.
Conor Cremin closed out the scoring with his 3rd goal of the game, assists to Matthew Cooke (his 3rd of the day) and Brady Chapman (his 4th of the day). The Jr. Redmen controlled the final minutes of the game and left the rink with a solid 10-0 win.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Sunday September 27th for a battle with the defending Valley League Squirt Elite Champions and the New Hampshire State Champion Concord Capitals. The Capitals came out flying and controlled play for the first 4 minutes of the game but thanks to some outstanding defense from Alex Sovie and Collin Strong, along with great goaltending from Megan Cunningham the game remained scoreless.
The Jr. Redmen got their legs moving and were able to generate some offense midway thru the opening period but shots from the line of Joey Bourgea, Conor Cremin, and Brady Chapman were turned away by the talented Capital netminder. The 2nd period was a fast-paced, up-and-down battle between two very talented and hard-working teams. The Capitals had some great chances to take the lead with just over 5 minutes to play in the 2nd period but Cooper Robillard and James Kierce each made great defensive plays to keep the score 0-0. The Jr. Redmen had their best chance with just under 2 minutes to play in the middle period but back-to-back shots from Matthew Doherty and Nick Calouro were snagged by the Capital goalie’s catching glove. The 3rd period started with both teams determined to get the first goal.
The Capitals were finally able to break through as they scored on a goal-mouth scramble just 1:27 into the final period. The Capitals kept attacking and would have taken a 2-0 lead but Megan Cunningham made a series of highlight reel saves that had fans from both teams cheering for her. The Jr. Redmen went on the powerplay with just over 6 minutes to play in the game and nearly tied the game but a wrist shot from Brady Chapman rang off the left post and Conor Cremin’s deke move was grabbed by the Capital goalie just as it was about to cross the goal line.
The Jr. Redmen didn’t quit and were rewarded for their efforts with 3:48 left in the game when Cooper Robillard made a great play at the Capital blue line to keep the puck in the zone. The puck eventually ended up on the stick of James Kierce at the left point. Kierce walked in and fired a low hard wrist shot that the Capital goalie saved but Matthew Cooke was in the perfect position to fire home the rebound, tying the score 1-1. The Jr. Redmen nearly took the lead on the ensuing faceoff but chances from Chapman and Cremin were turned away. The Jr. Redmen were called for a penalty with 1:20 left in the game but great penalty killing from Conor Cremin, Brady Chapman, Collin Strong, and Alex Sovie, along with some big saves from Megan Cunningham preserved the 1-1 tie for the Jr. Redmen.