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TYSA Roundup: Junior Redmen Fall In Final Of 2015 Cornucopia Cup Tournament

Dec 02, 2015 11:20AM ● By Bill Gilman

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the TYSA Junior Redmen Squirts.)

The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team played in the 2015 Cornucopia Cup Tournament in Salem, NH over the Thanksgiving weekend featuring a number of talented Select/Club Teams from all over New England.

The kids from Tewksbury had a great showing as they went undefeated in round-robin play with wins over Top Gun Hockey, Southern Maine Breakers, and the Maine Gladiators; before losing a heartbreaking 3-2 decision in the Championship Game.   The 3-1 record over the weekend improves the Jr. Redmen’s overall season record to 20-3-3.

The Jr. Redmen opened up the tourney on Friday November 27th with a morning battle against the Top Gun 2005s.  The locals came out flying and took a 1-0 lead just 2:27 into the game when Brady Chapman fired a wrist shot off the left post and into the back of the net, assists on the goal going to James Kierce and Cooper Robillard.

Top Gun battled back and created some offensive zone pressure but they could not penetrate the rock-solid defense of Alex Sovie, Collin Strong, Cooper Robillard, and James Kierce.  The 2nd period was completely dominated by the Jr. Redmen as they used their team speed and puck-moving ability to control play for the majority of the period.   Great scoring chances from Joey Bourgea and Nick Calouro were turned away by the Top Gun goalie. 

The Jr. Redmen were finally rewarded for their hard work when Matthew Cooke fired a wicker wrister past the Top Gun goalie with 3:49 left in the middle period, assists on the goal going to Conor Cremin and Matthew Doherty.  The 3rd period started with Top Gun cutting the lead in half as they scored on the powerplay off a bad bounce in front of the Jr. Redmen net.  The Jr. Redmen showed their “Tewksbury Tough” attitude and battled right back, regaining the 2-goal lead thanks to Brady Chapman’s 2nd goal of the game as he buried a one-timer from the high slot, assist to Conor Cremin.  The Jr. Redmen got great goaltending from Megan Cunningham to close out the game and left the rink with a convincing win over Top Gun.

On Saturday November 28th the Jr. Redmen were back at The ICenter in Salem for a game against the Southern Maine Breakers.  The locals came out flat and the Breakers took advantage as they took a 1-0 lead just 38 seconds into the game.  The Breakers kept attacking and had a number of quality scoring chances to increase their lead but Jr. Redmen super-goalie Megan Cunningham made a number of saves that were worthy of ESPN’s “Play of the Day”. 

The Jr. Redmen got their legs moving and opened the 2nd period with one of their patented scoring sprees, as they lit the lamp 5 times in a 7-minute span to take a 5-1 lead.  Conor Cremin got things started as he scored a on a pretty backhander just 36 seconds in the period, assists to Brady Chapman and Joey Bourgea.  Matthew Doherty scored his 1st of 3 goals on the day on a pretty give-and-go, assists to Matthew Cooke and Alex Sovie. 

Doherty struck again to give the Jr. Redmen a 3-1 lead as he buried a wrister high over the goalie’s catching glove, assist to Matthew Cooke.  Brady Chapman increased the lead to 4-1 when he deked around a defender and slid the puck through the 5-hole, assist on the goal going to Joey Bourgea.  Chapman struck again just 32 seconds later as he fired a one-timer off the faceoff into the back of the net, assists going to Conor Cremin and Matthew Cooke (his 3rd assist of the game for the Playmaker).  

The 3rd period starting did not slow down the Jr. Redmen as they scored just 13 seconds into the final period to take a 6-1 lead when Matthew Doherty used his speed to out-race a defender and fire a nice wrist shot into the back of the net for his 3rd goal of the game and the Hat Trick, assists going to James Kierce and Nick Calouro.  Joey Bourgea closed out the scoring for the Jr. Redmen has he sniped a wrister bar-down for the 7-1 lead, assists going Collin Strong and Brady Chapman.  The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the final 6 minutes of the game and left the ice with a 2-0 record in the tourney.

The Jr. Redman refueled and were back at the rink Saturday afternoon for their 2nd game of the day, this time against a very fast and talented Maine Gladiator team.  Both teams entered the game with 2-0 records in the tourney. 

The Jr. Redmen came out flying to open the game and took a 1-0 lead 1:30 in the game when Matthew Cooke redirected a shot into the back of the net, assists going to James Kierce and Cooper Robillard.  The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to increase their early lead but back-to-back shots from Matthew Doherty and Nick Calouro were turned away by the talented Gladiator goalie.  The Gladiators went on the powerplay with just over 6 minutes to play in the 1st period and were able to tie the game 1-1 on a bomb from the right point.

The Jr. Redmen kept attacking and regained the lead when Brady Chapman scored with 44 seconds left in the opening period on nifty backhander over the goalie’s blocker, Conor Cremin and Matthew Cooke with the helpers.   The2nd period was a classic battle between two very talented, fast, and aggressive teams.

The Gladiators had the early chances but great goaltending from Megan Cunningham and solid defense from James Kierce, Cooper Robillard, Collin Strong, and Alex Sovie kept pucks out of the Jr. Redmen net.  The locals had a number of quality scoring chances of their own but point blank shots from Joey Bourgea and Nick Calouro were turned away.  The Jr. Redmen took a 3-1 lead with 8:50 left in the final period when Conor Cremin fired a one-timer under the goalie’s left arm, assists on the goal going to Brady Chapman and Joey Bourgea.

The Gladiators battled right back and cut the lead to 3-2 with 7:12 left in the game.  The Gladiators continued their push to tie the game but Megan Cunningham made save-after-save to keep the 1-goal lead intact.  The Gladiators pulled their goalie with just over 1 minute to play in the game but thanks to great defensive efforts from Cooper Robillard, James Kierce, Conor Cremin, Matthew Cooke, and Brady Chapman, and outstanding goaltending from Cunningham, the locals skated off the ice with the 3-2 win.

On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Jr. Redmen skated in the Championshiip Game of the Cornucopia Cup Tournament against a familiar opponent, the Maine Gladiators.

The Jr. Redmen jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 40 seconds into the game when Matthew Cooke skated through the neutral zone, down the left wing boards, cut in, and sniped a wrister off the crossbar and into the back of the net, assist to James Kierce.  The Gladiators battled right back and tied the game 1-1 with 8:39 left in the 1st period.  The back-and-forth continued as the Jr. Redmen had a series of scoring chances to regain the lead but shots from Joey Bourgea, Nick Calouro, and Matthew Doherty were all turned away.

The Gladiators had a great chance to take the lead with time winding down in the opening period but great defense from Alex Sovie and Collin Strong kept the puck out of the Jr. Redmen net.  The Gladiators opened up the 2nd period looking to take the lead but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham made two huge saves on point blank shots.  The Jr. Redmen went on the powerplay midway through the middle period but shots from Conor Cremin, Brady Chapman, and Matthew Cooke were turned away.

The Gladiators scored late in the 2nd period to take a 2-1 lead.  The Gladiators had a great chance to take a 2-goal lead as the 3rd period started but Cooper Robillard made a great diving play to break up a cross-crease pass.  The Gladiators kept pressing and took a 3-1 lead with 7:33 left in the game.  The Jr. Redmen didn’t let the 2-goal deficit deflate their energy and they kept battling.  The Jr. Redmen were able to score with 2:27 left in the game to make the score 3-2 as Brady Chapman fired a wrister just under the crossbar, assists going to Matthew Cooke and Conor Cremin.  The Jr. Redmen controlled the ensuing faceoff and pulled goalie Megan Cunningham for the extra attacker.

The Jr. Redmen controlled the puck in the Gladiator zone for the final 1:20 of the game but scoring chances from Chapman, Cooke, and James Kierce were saved by the Gladiator goalie.

The Jr. Redmen players would like to thank their parents, sisters/brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends for making this such a memorable weekend.

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