TYSA Roundup: 7 Days, 8 Games, 6 Wins For Junior Redmen (Photos)
Jan 08, 2016 11:06AM
By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team had a busy holiday week as they played 8 games in 7 days, including 5 games in the Top Gun Invitational Tournament in Salem, NH. The Jr. Redmen skated to a 6-2 record in those 8 games moving their overall season record to 27-7-3.
On Sunday December 27th the Jr. Redmen defeated the Winchester Sachems by a score of 6-3. The game featured two of the most talented teams in the Elite Division of the Valley Hockey League. The Jr. Redmen received great goaltending from Megan Cunningham and solid defense from James Kierce, Cooper Robillard, Alex Sovie, and Collin Strong. The offense was led by Conor Cremin (4 goals, 1 assist), Brady Chapman (1 goal, 4 assists), Joey Bourgea (3 assists), and Matthew Cooke (1 goal, 1 assist).
On Monday December 28th the Jr. Redmen kicked off the Top Gun Invitational Tourney by skating against the New England Jr. Falcons, who play out of Enfield, CT. The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the majority of the game and left the rink with a 4-1 win. Matthew Cooke led the offense with 2 goals and an assist. Brady Chapman chipped in with 2 assists, Conor Cremin with a goal, and Matthew Doherty with a goal. The Jr. Redmen received outstanding defensive work from Collin Strong, Alex Sovie, Cooper Robillard, and James Kierce to keep the puck away from the Jr. Redmen goal.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the ICenter in Salem, NH later that evening for their 2nd game of the day resulting in a 7-2 win over MASCO. Megan Cunningham was tested early in the game but she was there to make a number of big saves to keep the game close. The offense got going and poured in 7 goals, led by Brady Chapman (2 goals, 1 assist), Matthew Doherty (2 goals), Conor Cremin (1 goal, 2 assists), Matthew Cooke (1 goal, 1 assist), Alex Sovie (1 goal), and James Kierce (2 assists).
After a night of rest the Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Tuesday December 29th for an early morning battle with one of the top programs in New England, the NH Avalanche. The Avalanche came out flying using their tremendous team speed and puck moving ability to create offensive zone pressure. Thanks to great defensive efforts from James Kierce, Cooper Robillard, Collin Strong, and Alex Sovie along with great goaltending from Megan Cunningham the Jr. Redmen were able to withstand the early pressure. The Jr. Redmen got their skating legs and left the rink with a 5-3 win. The offense was led by Conor Cremin (2 goals, 1 assist), Brady Chapman (1 goal, 2 assists), Matt Cooke (1 goal, 1 assist), Joey Bourgea (1 goal, 1 assist), and Collin Strong (2 assists).
Thanks to their 3-0 record in the preliminary round the Jr. Redmen advanced to play in the semi-finals against the Greater Boston Vipers on Wednesday December 30th on the Olympic Rink at the ICenter. This was a back-and-forth battle between two highly skilled teams but in the end the talented Jr. Redmen left the ice with a 5-4 win and a spot in the Championship Game. The offense was led by Matthew Cooke (2 goals, 1 assist), Conor Cremin (2 goals 1 assist), and Brady Chapman (1 goal, 2 assists). Solid work up front by Jr. Redmen forwards Matthew Doherty, Nick Calouro, Joey Bourgea, and Isaac Idarraga created lots of offensive chances for the locals. The Jr. Redmen were able to hold off a late rally by the Vipers thanks to the hard work in the defensive zone by James Kierce, Cooper Robillard, Collin Strong, and Alex Sovie, along with some huge saves from Megan Cunningham.
With no time to rest in between games, the Jr. Redmen were back on the ice to take on the NH Avalanche in the Championship Game of the Top Gun Invitational Tourney. The Avalanche jumped out to an early lead but the Jr. Redmen battled back tying the game 1-1 on a goal by Conor Cremin, assists to James Kierce and Joey Bourgea. Thanks to some huge saves from Megan Cunningham the 1st period ended 1-1. The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the majority of the 2nd period but quality scoring chances from Nick Calouro, Matthew Doherty, Joey Bourgea, and Isaac Idarraga were turned away by the talented Avalanche goalie. The Avalanche scored two goals late in the 2nd period to take a 3-1 lead. The Jr. Redmen came out flying in the final period and cut the lead to 3-2 on Conor Cremin’s 2nd goal of the game, assist to Brady Chapman. Late period pressure by the Jr. Redmen to try to tie the game was unsuccessful and the Avalanche skated off with the Championship Trophy.
The Jr. Redmen wrapped up their busy week of hockey with an early morning battle vs. Andover at the Haverhill Valley Forum on Saturday January 2nd. The Jr. Redmen used their team speed and quickness to control play for the majority of the game and headed to breakfast with a 5-0 win. Megan Cunningham made a number of big saves early in the game to keep the game scoreless after one period. The Jr. Redmen got the offense going and scored 5 quick goals which saw all 6 forwards record at least 1 point; Brady Chapman (1 goal, 3 assists), Conor Cremin (3 goals), Matthew Cooke (1 goal, 1 assist), Joey Bourgea (1 assist), Nick Calouro (1 assist), and Matthew Doherty (1 assist). The steel curtain defense of Alex Sovie, Collin Strong, Cooper Robillard, and James Kierce once again played an outstanding game helping to preserve the 5-0 shutout for the Jr. Redmen.