TYSA Roundup: Junior Redmen Clobber Maine, Sneak Past Marauders (Photos)
Nov 24, 2015 12:00PM
● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the TYSA Junior Redmen Squirts.)
The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team continued their strong play with a weekend sweep over the Maine Hockey Academy and the Belmont Marauders, improving their overall season record to 17-2-3 and first place in the Elite Division of the Valley Hockey League.
On Saturday November 21st the Jr. Redmen hit the road for a battle against a big, physical, and talented Maine Hockey Academy team and left the rink with a hard-fought 5-2 win. The Jr. Redmen opened the scoring quickly as Brady Chapman fired home a rebound from the left faceoff circle just 36 seconds into the game, assists on the goal going to Conor Cremin and Joey Bourgea. Maine fought right back and controlled play for the next few shifts but they were unable to tie the game thanks to outstanding defensive efforts from James Kierce, Cooper Robillard, Collin Strong, and Alex Sovie.
The Jr. Redmen nearly took a 2-goal lead with just under 5 minutes to play in the 1st period but Matthew Doherty’s wrister rang off the left post. Maine was able to tie the game at the end of the 1st period on a nifty breakaway move by speedy #12. The 2nd period opened with Maine controlling the play and they were rewarded for their efforts as they scored just 52 second into the period to take a 2-1 lead. The Jr. Redmen started to use their team speed and quickness to win puck battles which resulted in a 4-goal outburst over a 6-minute span. Nick Calouro scored on a hard wrist shot from the left wing to tie the game 2-2, assists to Matthew Cooke and Matthew Doherty.
Calouro struck again just 1:48 later as he redirected the puck under the sliding Maine goalie for the 3-2 lead, assists on Calouro’s 2nd goal of the game going to James Kierce and Matthew Cooke. The scoring spree continued as Conor Cremin buried a one-timer over the Maine goalie’s glove for a 4-2 lead, assists to Brady Chapman and Cooper Robillard. Calouro capped off the 2nd period scoring with his 3rd goal of the game on a bar-down wrist shot, assists to Collin Strong and Matthew Doherty. The Maine skaters came out flying in the 3rd period looking to get back into the game but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham made a series of saves, including 2 on breakaways, to keep the 5-2 lead in tact for the locals.
The Jr. Redmen weatherd the Maine attack and controlled play for the final 6 minutes of the game securing the win and heading into Sunday’s matchup with Belmont with confidence.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Sunday November 22nd for a battle with the Belmont Marauders, 1 of only 2 teams to beat the Jr. Redmen this season. The Jr. Redmen once again started quickly and took a 1-0 lead just 2:01 into the game when Joey Bourgea scored an acrobatic goal from his knees, assists on the goal going to Collin Strong and Conor Cremin.
The Marauders battled right back and had a series of scoring chances to tie the game but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham made save after save after save to maintain the 1-goal lead for the Jr. Redmen after the 1st period. The Marauders scored quickly in the 2nd period to tie the game 1-1 on a great individual effort from #8. The remainder of the 2nd period was a classic battle between two highly skilled teams.
The Jr. Redmen had a number of great scoring chances from the line of Matthew Cooke, Matthew Doherty, and Nick Calouro but the Marauder goalie made a number of great saves. The Marauders had their own chances to take the lead but the steel-curtain defense played by Alex Sovie, Collin Strong, Cooper Robillard, and Jimothy Kierce kept the game tied 1-1 through 2 periods of play. The Jr. Redmen took an early penalty to open the 3rd period but great penalty killing efforts from Chapman, Cremin, Robillard and Kierce; and timely saves from Megan Cunningham kept the Marauders from scoring a powerplay goal.
With just over 7 minutes to play in the final period the Jr. Redmen were awarded a powerply thanks to hard work along the right wing boards by James Kierce. The Jr. Redmen struck quickly, taking a 2-1 lead when Matthew Cooke fired home a rebound, assists on the PP goal going to Collin Strong and Brady Chapman. Chapmen then scored an insurance goal just 16 seconds later as he fired a hard snap shot off the left post and into the back of the net for the 3-1 lead, assists to Joey Bourgea and Conor Cremin.
The Jr. Redmen got great goaltending from Megan Cunningham and they played tremendous team defense, keeping the high-scoring Marauders off the scoreboard and allowing the Jr. Redmen to leave the rink with a 3-1 win.