TYSA Roundup: Reading, Natick The Latest Victims Of Unbeaten Junior Redmen (Photos)
Oct 15, 2015 04:34PM
● By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team continued their strong play with a weekend sweep of Natick and Reading, running their winning streak to 12 games and an overall record of 9-0-3.
On Saturday October 10th the Jr. Redmen travelled to the Burlington Ice Palace for a morning battle against the Natick Comets and left the rink with an 8-5 win.
In a fast-paced, back and forth 1st period, the Jr. Redmen jumped out to an early lead as Matthew Cooke scored his 1st of 5 goals on the day just 1:29 into the game. Natick used their team speed to tie the game 1-1 just 1:19 later. The Jr. Redmen regained the lead with 5:08 left in the opening period on Cooke’s 2nd goal of the game, assist to Collin Strong. The Comets fought right back and tied the game 2-2 just 1:54 after Cooke’s goal. The Jr. Redmen closed out the 1st period with the 3-2 lead when Conor Cremin scored on the powerplay, assists on the goal going to Brady Chapman and Matthew Cooke.
The Comets came out soaring in the 2nd period and quickly tied the game 3-3. Matthew Cooke scored his 3rd goal of the game with 5:57 left in the middle period to give the Jr. Redmen a 4-3 lead, assists on the goal to Matthew Doherty and Nick Calouro. The back-and-forth continued as Natick tied the game 4-4 with 4:04 left in the 2nd period. Brady Chapman scored with 2:12 left in the 2nd period to give the locals the 5-4 lead, assist on the goal going to Matthew Cooke. The Comets had some late period pressure but were unable to get past the rock solid defense of James Kierce and Cooper Robillard. The Jr. Redmen started the 3rd period with a 5-4 lead but that was quickly erased when Natick tied the game just 1:17 into the final period. The Comets had a series of chances to take the lead but Jr. Redmen goaltender Megan Cunningham made a number of outstanding saves to keep the 1-goal lead intact.
The Jr. Redmen then went on one of their patented scoring sprees as they scored 3 goals in a 4-minute span to take an 8-5 lead. Matthew Cooke got it started as he scored his 4th goal of the game (3rd on a breakaway) for the 6-5 lead. Alex Sovie scored just 1:02 later on a wicked wrister from the left point, assists going to Brady Chapman and Conor Cremin. Matthew Cooke closed out the scoring and capped his 5-goal game with a great individual effort, giving the locals the 8-5 lead.
The Jr. Redmen got solid defense in the final 3 minutes of the game from James Kierce, Cooper Robillard, Collin Strong, and Alex Sovie as well as some big saves from Megan Cunningham to secure the 8-5 win.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Sunday October 11th for a home game at Breakaway Ice Center against the previously unbeaten Reading Rockets in a battle for 1st place in the Elite Division of the Valley Hockey League.
The Jr. Redmen knew they would have to play their best as they were playing without one of their best defensemen, Collin Strong. The Jr. Redmen came out flying and controlled play for the majority of the 1st period. Joey Bourgea got things started for the locals as he buried a rebound into the back of the net with 7:56 left in the opening period, assists on the goal to Conor Cremin and Brady Chapman.
The Rockets were able to generate some offense but Jr. Redmen super-goalie Megan Cunningham was there to make all the big saves. The Jr. Redmen scored late in the 1st period to take a 2-0 lead when Nick Calouro fired home a rebound from the left slot, assists to Matthew Cooke and Matthew Doherty.
The 2nd period turned into a fast-paced, high-intensity battle between two very solid teams. The Rockets had the early pressure but they were unable to penetrate through the defense of James Kierce, Alex Sovie, and Cooper Robillard, who continuously frustrated the speedy Rocket forwards. The Jr. Redmen went on the powerplay late in the 2nd period and nearly took a 3-goal lead after some beautiful tic-tac-toe passing from Brady Chapman to Matthew Cooke to Conor Cremin, but Cremin’s wrister rang off the left post.
The Rockets opened the 3rd period looking to cut into the Jr. Redmen’s 2-0 lead but goalie Megan Cunningham made save after save to keep the lead for the Jr. Redmen. The Jr. Redmen nearly increased their lead midway through the final period when Matthew Doherty took a pretty cross-ice pass from James Kierce but Doherty fired a wrist shot off the goalie’s head and into the stands. The Jr. Redmen played great team hockey to close out the final 4 minutes of the game, not allowing the Rockets to get pucks near the Jr. Redmen net, and skated off the ice with a well-deserved 2-0 win.