TYSA Roundup: Junior Redmen, Sachems Battle To Tie
Oct 08, 2015 08:50AM
By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team improved their season record to 7-0-3 after a hard fought 3-3 tie with the Winchester Sachems in the Elite Division of the Valley Hockey League.
The Sachems used their tremendous team speed to jump out to an early 1-0 lead, scoring just 1:38 into the opening period. The Sachems kept attacking but thanks to outstanding defensive efforts from Cooper Robillard and James Kierce, the Sachems were unable to get pucks to the Jr. Redmen net. The Jr. Redmen got their legs moving and nearly tied the game after some beautiful passing from the line of Joey Bourgea, Conor Cremin, and Brady Chapman but shots by all 3 forwards were turned away by the talented Sachem goaltender. The Sachems went on the powerplay with just over 5 minutes to play in the 1st period and scored to take a 2-0 lead. The Jr. Redmen cut that lead in half with just over 1 minute to play in the 1st period thanks to a great individual effort by Center Matthew Cooke. Cooke intercepted a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone, skated around a Sachem defender and fired a wrist shot that the goalie kicked out. Cooke used his speed to get to the rebound and he skated around the Sachem net and tucked the wrap-around wrister into the back of the net.
The Sachems came out flying in the 2nd period but they were unable to penetrate the rock-solid defense of Alex Sovie and Collin Strong. The Jr. Redmen picked up their intensity and were able to tie the game 2-2 with 6:03 left in the middle period when Matthew Cooke scored his 2nd goal of the game, assists going to Nick Calouro and Matthew Doherty. The Sachems fought right back and had a series of scoring chances to regain the lead but Jr. Redmen super-goalie Megan Cunningham shut the door on the Sachem scoring chances.
Once again the Sachems opened the period getting the early chances and they were rewarded for their hard work as a puck bounced off a Sachem forward’s leg and deflected into the net for the 3-2 lead with 8:14 left in the final period. The Sachems continued to pressure the Jr. Redmen zone but were unable to get pucks past Megan Cunningham, who made a series of highlight reel saves. The Jr. Redmen once again battled back and were able to tie the game 3-3 with 2:56 left in the game on Matthew Cooke’s 3rd goal of the game, assists to Brady Chapman and Conor Cremin. The final 2 minutes of the game saw both teams create great scoring chances but both goalies were up to the task. The Jr. Redmen had the final chance to win the game when Matthew Cooke won a race for the puck in the neutral zone and broke in alone with the clock showing 4 seconds left in the game. Cooke fired a wicked snap shot that bounce off the goalie’s shoulder and sat on the goal line as the buzzer sounded, ending the game in a 3-3 tie.