TYSA Roundup: Junior Redmen Dish Out Punishment To Capitals, 4-2
Nov 11, 2015 12:25PM
● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the TYSA Junior Redmen.)
On Saturday November 7th the Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team travelled to Skate 3 in Tyngsboro to take on the previously unbeaten Concord Capitals and skated away with an impressive 4-2 win, improving their season record to 14-2-3.
The Capitals came out flying and took an early 1-0 lead just 1:13 into the game when they capitalized on a bad bounce off the back wall. The Capitals nearly took a 2-goal lead just two minutes later but great defensive work from Collin Strong and Alex Sovie kept pucks away from the Jr. Redmen net. The Jr. Redmen composed themselves and got their legs moving, tying the game 1-1 with 6:01 left in the opening period when Brady Chapman intercepted a pass in the high slot and fired a wrist shot past the Capitals’ goalie. The Jr. Redmen took a 2-1 lead just 2:04 later on a beautiful play that saw all 5 Jr. Redmen players on the ice touch the puck. James Kierce started the play with a smart “D-to-D” pass behind his net to Cooper Robillard. Robillard sent a nice pass up to right wing Joey Bourgea, who sent a perfect diagonal pass thru the neutral zone to Brady Chapman. Chapman and Conor Cremin skated in on a 2-on-1 with Chapman sliding a pass over to Cremin. Cremin faked the shot and slid the puck back to Chapman who fired a one timer into the back of the net, assists on the goal going to Bourgea and Cremin.
The Jr. Redmen opened the 2nd period with an excellent opportunity to increase their lead but shots from Nick Calouro and Matthew Doherty were turned away by the Capitals’ goaltender. The Capitals battled back and nearly tied the game but back-to-back saves from Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham maintained the 1-goal lead for the locals. The Jr. Redmen took a 3-1 lead with 9:13 left in the middle period when Conor Cremin used his speed to get to a rebound in front of the net, firing the puck under the sliding Capitals’ goalie, assists on the goal to Brady Chapman and Joey Bourgea. The Capitals went on a powerplay with just under 4 minutes to play in the 2nd period but great “PK” work from Matthew Doherty, Matthew Cooke, Cooper Robillard, and James Kierce kept the Capitals off the scoreboard.
The Capitals cut the lead to 3-2 with 7:47 left in the 3rd period as they scored on the powerplay. The Capitals kept attacking but thanks to outstanding goaltending from Megan Cunningham and solid team defense from the Jr. Redmen the Capitals were unable to tie the game. The Jr. Redmen regained their 2-goal lead when Brady Chapman scored his 3rd goal of the game as his wrist shot from the high slot found the back of the net, assists on the goal going to Matthew Cooke and Conor Cremin. The Jr. Redmen used their team speed and quickness to play the final 3 minutes of the game in the Capitals’ zone and left the rink with a hard fought 4-2 win.