Bedford– TheMad Yaks beat Top Shelf 2-1 in a thriller.
Brett Szalapski got the scoring started for the Mad Yaks with 11:15 remaining the second period with a power play goal to give his team a 1-0 lead. Szalapski led the Mad Yaks in scoring this season with 19 goals, and he was the star of this game.
Bryan Bythewood knotted things at one with 9:30 to go in the second period when he took a pass from Peter Cody and snuck one through the net to make it a 1-1 score after two periods of play.
The score remained tied at three after three periods.
Overtime proved to be a battle. Top Shelf had a golden opportunity late in overtime when Jordan McCatherin (5) was sent to the penalty box for a hook. Mad Yaks defense stepped up, and their goalie made big saves to keep the game tied.
Brett Szalapski would prove to be the hero tonight. He was the first Mad Yaks shooter and the only player during the shootout that was able to score.
In a losing effort, Top Shelf’s goaltender, Jake Wint played well. He stopped 20 out of 22 shots but it wasn’t enough.
The Mad Yaks will play the Saints next Tuesday night.
Bedford– ThePuck Heads beat the Grizzlies 4-3 in a thriller.
Chris Ellis got the scoring started for the Puck Heads with 4:11 remaining the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead. He would finish the game with 2 goals and one assist. Ellis now has a team-leading 10 goals on the season.
Joe Keller knotted things at one with 2:40 to go in the first period but then with just 50 seconds remaining, Puckheads, Dan Ferreri took a pass from James McCaffery and snuck one through the net to make it a 2-1 score after one period of play.
Chris Ellis scored his second goal of the game right off the opening faceoff of the second period.
The rest of the second period belonged to the Grizzlies. Down 3-1 halfway through the second period, Adam Cywar rejuvenated his team when he scored a goal at the 10:00 mark. Just three minutes later, The Grizzlies scored on the power play making it a 3-3 game. Jonathan Hines had a chance to give his team the lead with a nice breakaway shot on net, but he was stoned by Puck Heads goalie, Charles Genaro.
The score remained tied at three after two periods.
The third period proved to be a battle. Both teams defenses stepped up, and the goalies both made big saves to keep the game tied for most of the third period.
Dan Walsh would prove to be the hero tonight. Walsh only had one goal on the season heading into this game, but he his second goal of the season was the game-winning goal with just 2:35 remaining in the game.
In a losing effort, Grizzlies goaltender, Dave Carpenter played well. He stopped 18 out of 22 shots but fell to 0-4 on the season.
With this win, Genaro improved to 5-0 on the season. He also made 18 saves, but that once extra save proved to be the difference.
Cambridge– Josh McCarthy made 26 saves, and the Soldiers remained undefeated with a 6-0 win against the Intrepid Pursuits at Simoni Rink on Sunday.
Bryan Briggs (4) got the scoring started early in the first period when he took a pass from Mark Goodman (77) and sniped a shot into the back of the net. Just thirty seconds later Briggs scored again to make it 2-0 just two minutes into the game.
Evan Yanovitch (26) scored a goal with just 2:15 left in the period to make it 3-0.
More of the same throughout the rest of the game. The Soldiers put up three more goals to continue the route.
For the Intrepid Pursuits, given the fact goalie Kurt Grusmark gave up six goals, he really didn’t play badly. He stopped 25 out of 31 shots and other than giving up two quick first period goals, the goalie settled down nicely. He played much better in the third period, but his team could not manufacture any offense.
Intrepid Pursuits did have a solid chance in the final seconds, with a breakaway opportunity in the final ten seconds, but McCarthy denied them to keep the shutout alive.
With the loss, Intrepid Pursuits fell to 2-4 on the season. These two teams will meet again, later on, this month on March 26th.
Pat O’Brien (6) notched a late short-handed goal to even the score two apiece, as the Outlaws and Mother Puckers game ended in a 2-2 tie Tuesday night at Edge Sports Center in Bedford.
Tyler Cummings (27) also scored for the Outlaws, and Bill Gullotti made 25 saves as the Outlaws improved to 7-7-2 on the season.
Stephen Fell (65) and Chris Manchester (9) found the back of the net for the Mother Puckers (12-4-3), who have not lost a game since January 31st.
Cummings gave the Outlaws an early lead with his 1st goal of the season with 4:40 left in the first period.
Fell evened the score at one when he scored his 9th goal of the season with 10:15 left in the second period.
Things got interesting in the third period. Outlaws Anthony Tomao (17) drilled the post right off the opening faceoff. Chris Manchester appeared to have scored the game-winner for the Mother Puckers when he scored with 7:51 left in the game.
Both goalies in this game played well. Mother Puckers Ed Torri stopped 27 out of 29 shots to improve his record to 11-3-2 on the season. The Outlaws, Bill Gullotti is now 5-6-2 on the season.
TJ Vadala collected five goals and an assist and Dan Fratalia also scored five goals as MAHL Blue recorded a 12-7 win over the Beavers Sunday night at Jonas Memorial Rink.
Matt Ginsburg and Andrew Molgaard also scored for MAHL Blue, and Harley Baker made 15 saves as MAHL Blue improved to 1-2 on the season.
Mike Borges, Brendan Akashian, Matthew Corcoran, and Daniel Tobin found the back of the net for the Beavers (2-1), who lost their first game of the season.
Vadala gave MAHL Blue an early lead with his 8th goal of the season just 1:34 into the game, and from then on the offense exploded with 11 more goals.
Fratalia made it 2-0 with his 5th goal of the season just three minutes later.
The Beavers did make things interesting. Tobin put the Beavers on the board with his 2nd goal of the season. Steven Torres was busy in net making 28 saves out of 40 shots. Even though MAHL Blue put up 12 goals, they could have scored a few more goals if it wasn’t for a few shots that clanked off the post.
Bedford– With last night’s victory, the Mad Yaks have now won six out of their last 10 games. Top Shelf entered the game just 6-9 on the season, but could not manufacture enough offense against the Mad Yaks goalie.
Michael Cialdea (9) was the Mad Yak’s best player on the ice, scoring a goal in the 1st and second period. He also added an assist.
Peter Daniel (10) also found that back of the net late in the 3rd period with 5:30 on the clock to ultimately seal the win. He now has six goals and three assists on the season.
This game was tied at two in the 2nd period thanks to Top Shelf’s, Matt Trombley, who scored an early first-period goal, and Paul Aborn who scored just over a minute later.
Michael Cialdea broke the 2-2 tie and put the Mad Yaks on top for good with 15:20 left in the period. For Cialdea, it was his team-leading 16th goal of the season.
The story of this game was the goaltending. Both teams received excellent goaltending. Top Shelf’s Jacob Wint stopped 25 out of 29 shots and Mad Yak’s Alicia Miksic stopped 26 out of 28 shots.