TYSA Roundup: Junior Redmen Clip Reading, Tie WinchesterMar 19, 2016 06:11PM ● By Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team battled to a 2-2 tie with the Winchester Sachems and a 5-4 win over the Reading Rockets. The 1-0-1 weekend improved the Jr. Redmen’s overall season record to 43-10-4.
On Sunday March 13th the Jr. Redmen skated before the hometown crowd at Breakaway Ice Center against a very talented and speedy Winchester Sachem team. The Jr. Redmen controlled play in the early going and they jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:44 into the 1st period when Cooper Robillard jumped on a loose puck in the high slot and fired a wicked wrister past the Sachem goalie. The Sachems battled back and quickly tied the game just 1:04 later. The Sachems continued to push the pace but thanks to some great defensive work from Alex Sovie and Collin Strong the Sachems were unable to get pucks to the Jr. Redmen net. The Sachems went on the powerplay late in the opening period and took a 2-1 lead. The 2nd period was a fast-paced up and down battle between two of the top Squirt teams in the State. The Jr. Redmen had the early chances but the Sachem goalie made some huge saves on scoring chances by Matthew Doherty, Nick Calouro, and Joey Bourgea. The Sachems also had a number of strong scoring chances but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham was once again there to make all the big saves. The Sachems came out flying in the 3rd period but James Kierce and Cooper Robillard each made outstanding defensive plays early on to keep the score 2-1 in favor of the Sachems. The Jr. Redmen knew they would have to increase their intensity if they wanted to tie the game. With time winding down in the final period the line of Matthew Cooke, Conor Cremin, and Brady Chapman worked the down-low cycle to perfection. Cooke found himself alone in the slot, his snap shot rang off the left post, but Chapman was there to jump on the rebound sending a quick wrister off the crossbar and into the back of the net, assists going to Cooke and Cremin. The Jr. Redmen continued to put pressure on the Sachems and nearly took the lead with 22 seconds left in the game but a 2-on-1 pass from Chapman to Cooke saw the Sachem goalie snag the puck out of mid-air just as it was about to cross the goal line, ending the game in a hard-fought 2-2 tie.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Monday March 14th for an after-school battle with the Reading Rockets at Haverhill Valley Forum. The Jr. Redmen jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Conor Cremin got the scoring started as he fired a nasty wrister past the Rocket goalie, assist on the goal going to Alex Sovie. Brady Chapman made the score 2-0 just 41 seconds later as he slid a nifty backhander through the 5-hole, assists going to Joey Bourgea and Collin Strong. The Rockets battled back and tied the game 2-2. The Jr. Redmen struck for a late 1st period goal to take a 3-2 lead when Matthew Cooke fired a bomb from the right hash mark over the goalie’s blocker, assists going to Matthew Doherty and Nick Calouro. Matthew Cooke scored his 2nd goal of the game just 49 seconds into the 2nd period to give the locals a 4-2 lead, assists on the goal going to Collin Strong and Cooper Robillard. The Jr. Redmen stretched their lead to 5-2 just 1:43 later when Conor Cremin scored his 2nd goal of the game on a pretty breakaway move, assists going to Brady Chapman and James Kierce. The Rockets had some great scoring chances in the final period but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham once again proved she is one of the best Squirt goalies around, making a number of big saves to secure the win for the Jr. Redmen.