TYSA Roundup: Cunningham, Junior Redmen De-Fuse Rockets, 2-0
Dec 09, 2015 04:21PM
● By Bill Gilman
The TYSA Juniuor Redmen Squirts.
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the TYSA Junior Redmen Squirts.)
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team played before a hometown crowd on Saturday December 5th at Breakaway Ice Center against the Reading Rockets and left the rink with a solid 2-0 win.
The Rockets controlled play for the first few shifts of the game as they used their speed and puck-moving ability to create offensive zone pressure but thanks to some big early saves from Jr. Redmen netminder Megan Cunningham the game remained scoreless. The Jr. Redmen got their legs moving and took a 1-0 lead with 9:02 left in the 1st period when Brady Chapman fired home a rebound, assist on the goal going to Conor Cremin. The Jr. Redmen nearly took a 2-goal lead off the ensuing faceoff when Joey Bourgea won a puck battle in the high slot but his quick wrister rang off the post. The Rockets battled back looking to tie the game but outstanding defensive efforts from Collin Strong and Alex Sovie thwarted the Rockets’ scoring chances.
The Jr. Redmen went on the powerplay early in the 2nd period but great puck movement from the line of Nick Calouro, Matthew Doherty, and Matthew Cooke did not result with the puck in the back of the net. The Rockets kept attacking but the Jr. Redmen were able to maintain their 1-goal lead thanks to strong defense played by Cooper Robillard and James Kierce. The locals increased their lead to 2-0 with 44 seconds left in the middle period when Center Matthew Cooke sniped a gino, assists going to Collin Strong and Conor Cremin.
The 3rd period was filled with fast-paced skating and great puck movement from both teams. The Jr. Redmen had the early chances but shots from Matthew Doherty, Joey Bourgea, and Nick Calouro were all turned away by the talented Rockets’ goalie. The Rockets went on the powerplay with just under 4 minutes to play in the game but outstanding PK work from James Kierce, Cooper Robillard, Matthew Cooke, and Brady Chapman kept the Rockets off the scoreboard. The Rockets pulled their goalie with 1:25 left in the game but Megan Cunningham made some big saves to secure the 2-0 shutout win.