TYSA Roundup: Junior Redmen Run League Unbeaten Streak To 12 Games
Mar 25, 2016 06:40PM
By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Junior Redmen Squirts hockey team.)
The Tewksbury Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey Team had a busy weekend of hockey as they skated to a 3-3 tie with the Belmont Marauders, a 4-1 win and a 1-1 tie with the Triton Vikings. The 1-0-2 weekend ran the team’s league unbeaten streak to 12 games, helped maintain 1st place in the Elite Division, and improved their overall season record to 44-10-6.
On Saturday morning March 19th the Jr. Redmen skated at home against the 2nd place Belmont Marauders at the Breakaway Ice Center. The Jr. Redmen were shorthanded as young defenseman Cooper Robillard was battling an upper body injury. The Marauders controlled the play early in the game using their quickness and puck moving ability to create offense but Jr. Redmen goalie Megan Cunningham made a couple of huge saves to keep the game scoreless. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to take the lead midway through the 1st period but shots by Matthew Doherty and Nick Calouro were turned away.
The Marauders went on the powerplay late in the 1st period and quickly scored to take a 1-0 lead. The Marauders got an early 2nd period powerplay and once again they capitalized quickly increasing their lead to 2-0. The Jr. Redmen battled right back and went on a scoring spree as they scored 3 goals in a 5-minute span to take a 3-2 lead. Conor Cremin got the locals on the scoreboard as he fired a one-timer from the slot into the top corner of the net, assists going to Brady Chapman and Joey Bourgea.
Matthew Cooke tied the game 2-2 just 1:27 later as he skated down the right wing and fired a perfect wrister into the far corner of the net, assists to Brady Chapman and Alex Sovie. Brady Chapman gave the Jr. Redmen the 3-2 lead as he banged home a rebound on the powerplay, assist going to Matthew Cooke. The Marauders had some late 2nd period pressure but great defensive work from Jimothy Kierce, Collin Strong, and Alex Sovie helped maintain the 1-goal lead for the Jr. Redmen. The 3rd period turned into an up and down, fast-paced battle between two solid teams.
The Jr. Redmen had the early chances but both Joey Bourgea and Conor Cremin rang pucks off the post. The Marauders battled back and tied the game 3-3 with 6:21 left in the game. The Jr. Redmen had a great chance to win the game with just under 20 seconds to play when Brady Chapman and Matthew Cooke worked the 2-on-1 to perfection but Cooke’s wrister was snagged by the Marauder goalie just as it was about to cross the goal line, ending the game in a 3-3 tie.
The Jr. Redmen were back at the rink on Sunday March 20th for a battle against the Triton Vikings at the Haverhill Valley Forum. Once again the Jr. Redmen would be playing with only 9 skaters as superstar defenseman Jimothy Kierce was fighting a lower body injury. The Jr. Redmen scored 2 goals in the first 3 minutes of the game to take the early lead. Conor Cremin got the scoring started as he sent a nifty backhander short-side for the 1-0 lead, assists going to Joey Bourgea and Collin Strong. Matthew Cooke made the score 2-0 just 1:03 later as he beat the defenseman wide and fired a perfect wrister into the top corner of the net, assists going to Brady Chapman and Alex Sovie.
The Vikings battled back and had a series of scoring chances but outstanding goaltending from Megan Cunningham maintained the 2-goal lead for the locals after the 1st period. The Jr. Redmen increased their lead to 3-0 just 51 seconds into the 2nd period when Brady Chapman fired one off the post and into the back of the net, assists going to Cooper Robillard and Conor Cremin. The Vikings went on the powerplay midway through the 2nd period but outstanding PK work from Nick Calouro, Matthew Cooke, Matthew Doherty, Alex Sovie, and Collin Strong kept the puck out of the locals net.
The Vikings scored with 8 minutes remaining in the game to cut the lead to 3-1. The Jr. Redmen battled right back and regained the 3-goal lead when Matthew Cooke fired a snap shot into the back of the net, assists on the goal going to Matthew Doherty and Nick Calouro. The Jr. Redmen controlled play for the final 3 minutes of the game and left the rink with a 4-1 victory.