TYSA Roundup: Bourgea Nets Hat Trick, Junior Redmen Skate Past Winchester
Feb 03, 2016 12:09PM
By Bill Gilman
On Sunday January 24, the Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team played before a big hometown crowd at the Breakaway Ice Center against a very talented Winchester Sachems team and left the rink with a 7-4 win. The win improves the overall season record for the Jr. Redmen to 32-7-3.
The Jr. Redmen jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Joey Bourgea scored his 1st of 3 goals on the day just 28 seconds into the 1st period, assists going to Conor Cremin and Brady Chapman. The Sachems battled right back using their tremendous team speed to create offensive zone pressure but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham was there to make a series of huge saves to maintain the 1-goal lead for the locals. The Jr. Redmen increased their lead to 2-0 on the powerplay when Joey Bourgea redirected a wrist shot from the high slot into the back of the net, assists going to Brady Chapman and James Kierce. The Sachems scored with 16 seconds left in the 1st period to cut the lead to 2-1 but Conor Cremin got that goal right back as he blew past the 2 Sachem defensemen and buried a breakaway with the game clock ticking down, assists going to James Kierce and Cooper Robillard.
The Jr. Redmen increased their lead to 4-1 just 35 seconds into the 2nd period when Brady Chapman deked around a defender and sent a nifty backhander into the far corner of the net, assists going to Conor Cremin and Joey Bourgea. The Sachems were unable to gain any offensive momentum thanks to outstanding defensive work from Alex Sovie and Collin Strong. The Jr. Redmen took a 5-1 lead midway through the 2nd period when Joey Bourgea went bar-down for his 3rd goal of the game, and the hat trick, assists on the goal going to Conor Cremin and Brady Chapman. The Sachems scored on a powerplay with just under 2 minutes to play in the middle period but Matthew Doherty scored with 1:45 left in the period to increase the lead to 6-2, assists going to Matthew Cooke and Nick Calouro.
The Sachems came out flying in the 3rd period looking to get back into the game but the Jr. Redmen received great goaltending from Megan Cunningham and strong defense from Cooper Robillard, James Kierce, Alex Sovie, and Collin Strong to maintain the 4-goal lead. Matthew Cooke scored midway through the final period to increase the lead to 7-2 as he buried a one-timer from the left slot, assists going to James Kierce and Collin Strong. The Sachems scored a pretty goal late in the game but the Jr. Redmen controlled the final 3 minutes of the game and skated off the ice with a 7-4 win.