Top Shelf Advances With Nail Biting Win

Bedford– Top Shelf beat The Mad Yaks 7-6 in another thriller. The last time these two teams met back on July 12th,  Top Shelf squeaked by with a 4-3 win.
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The Mad Yaks actually got off to a hot start with goals from Brett Szalapski and Michael Cialdea to take the early 2-0 lead.
Brandon Hebert opened the second period with a quick goal to put Top Shelf on the board. Then on the ensuing faceoff, Jason Berg immediately scored to knot things up at two.
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Daryl Cyr #17 of Top Shelf keeps the puck in his zone as his team fights off the Mad Yaks late rush with the man advantage.
 The score remained tied at three until Jordan McCatherin sniped a shot past the goaltender with just 50 seconds remaining in the second period.
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The third period proved to be a battle. Both teams would put up three goals. With just 1:17 remaining in the game, Brett Szalpski came in hard on Miksic and jammed the puck past her left pad to pull within a goal.

Top Shelf’s goaltender Jacob Wint, fought off a series of late third period shots and even suffered a couple of bad bounces, but held on to win by stopping 30 of 36 shots.

Shawn Bythewood had two goals and an assist for Top Shelf.

In a losing effort, Mad Yak’s goaltender, Alicia Miksic played well. She stopped 24 out of 31 shots but it wasn’t enough.

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The Goats Shake Off Slow Start For Comeback Win Over Saints

Bedford— For the majority of the first period, the Goats didn’t look engaged. Slow, lazy, listless…pick a bad adjective and it probably applied to the Goats’ play for most of the first period.

However, the Goat’s were able to battle back thanks to big efforts by two of their big guns: Rob Klein and Colin Casey.

Unlike last Wednesday night, the Goat’s offense came to life, exploding for 12 goals, including 5 goals in the third period to earn a 12-5 win.

Some quick thoughts from tonight’s game:

(1.) Even though the Saints took the early first period 1-0 lead, the Goats immediately tied the game on the ensuing faceoff with a goal by Drew Foster.

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Travis Hamilton (28) led the comeback with two second period goals to keep the Goats ahead for good.

(2.) Part of the Saints great first period was due to Sam Holl. He capped off the period with a play that excited his teammates: Holl picked off a Goat’s pass in the neutral zone with great stick positioning, and flew down the ice for a breakaway goal. It was an impressive goal, but something tells me his teammates on the bench were more fired up over the steal.

(3.) Goat’s defenseman Rob Klein was a force.  His highlight-reel power play goal to close out the first period gave his team momentum entering the second period. Klein finished the game with 3 goals and an assist.

(4.) The Goat’s were without their starting goaltender, Vincent Lee tonight. Luckily, their backup goalie played well even after he had some early jitters. After being down 3-2 after one period of play, the Goat’s goalie settled down nicely, only giving up two more goals the rest of the game.

(5.) Colin Casey basically owned the third period. With just six minutes remaining in the game, he had a speeding breakaway goal to put the Goats up 9-4. Casey finished the game with 3 goals and 2 assists.

(6.) It should also be noted that the Goat’s captain, Jack Rogers, didn’t play tonight because he had to choose between playing for his lacrosse team, or hockey team. As you can see, he chose lacrosse.

(7.) Don’t be surprised if these two teams meet again in the playoffs. The Goats are currently ahead of the Saints in the standings, but not by much. The Goats are 5-3, and the Saints are 4-4.

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MAHL White’s Offense Explodes, win 12-1

Hopedale–  MAHL White continues to roll along this season, bringing their undefeated record to 5-0. Scoring 12 goals certainly helped, however, it should not go unnoticed that they received solid goaltending from their back up Joe White.

The offense was lead by the teams leading goal scorer, Anthony Caruso, who now has eight goals on the season. John Nadreau, and Ryan Hill, each scored two goals as well. Nadreau netted a power play goal with just 10 seconds to go in the 3rd period to put the final nail in the coffin.

It was a tough night for Jerry HatTricks, who find themselves are sitting at the bottom of the standings at 0-5, but do continue to improve each week, despite being down a couple players due to long term injury.  It’s only a matter of time until they start to gel and begin to put a few W’s on the board.

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Ice Holes Score Early and Often, Win 4-1

Rockland– Sam Chapman made 17 saves, and the Ice Holes remain hot with a 4-1 win against the Silky Mitts at Bavis Arena. With this victory, the Ice Holes improved to 4-2-1 on the season and winners of three out of their past four games.

The game began with the Silky Mitts controlling the game and dominating the zone time for the first 6 minutes or so.  The Ice Holes were able to intercept an errant clearing pass with the result of the first goal of the game.

Brian Hurley (0) got the scoring started when he took a pass and sniped a shot into the back of the net.

This goal served to be a huge turning point. The Ice Holes completely turned the tables and shelled the Mitts goalie (Chris Ronan) with 30 shots over the course of the first and second periods. Ronan anchored his time and kept his team in the game only down by 4 goals going into the third period.

One of those goals was from Shayne Hurley, who scored his team-leading 5th goal of the season with 5:29 left in the second period which would prove to be the game-winner.

For the Silky Mitts, Arnold Cabral was able to take the puck off of an Ice Holes defender and lift the puck over Ice Holes goalie Sam Chapman for the Mitts first goal of the game. The problem is there was only 6:13 in the third period. The Mitts didn’t make it easy, but Chapman was able to weather the storm, turning away the remaining 8 shots of the third period to secure the win for the Ice Holes.

With this win, the Ice Holes close in on the Silky Mitts for the top spot in the Rockland standings.

With 5 games left in the season and 1 more head to head match up of these two teams should see a very interesting remainder of the season in Rockland.  Stay tuned for more from Bavis Arena next week.

 

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Knuckle Pucks stun Andover, advance to Championship

Tewksbury– The Knuckle Pucks beat Andover 5-4 in a thriller.
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Brian Norris got the scoring started for the Knuckle Pucks with exactly 4:00 remaining in the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead.
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Sean O’Day knotted things at one with just 2:55 to go in the first period when he took a pass from Mike Deldotto and snuck one past Andover’s goalie, Patrick O’Leary.
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The second period was action packed. Andover’s Joseph Magliozzi and Derek Deranian both scored goals halfway into the period to give Andover a two-goal lead. Andover had all of the momentum until Derek Deranian was called for a hooking penalty. Luckily for Andover, their penalty kill stepped up and didn’t allow a power-play goal, however with 3:33 remaining, Brian Norris scored his second goal of the game to make it a 3-2 game.
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Just a minute later, Sean O’Shaughnessy was set up nicely from Craig Madore with a snipe to even the score at 3-3.
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Knuckle Puck’s goalie, Connor Rega made multiple saves with under two minutes remaining.
Andover received a gift at the end of the second period when Brian Norris was called for a trip with just 10 seconds remaining in the period. The score remained tied at 3 after two periods, but Andover would open the third period with a 1:50 power play.
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Andover was unable to capitalize on this golden opportunity, but just 40 seconds after the power play came to and end,  Sean O’Day scored a huge goal to give Andover a 4-3 lead.
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Craig Madore scored a goal with 7:22 remaining in the game to make it a 4-4 game.
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With just five seconds remaining in the game, Andover turned the puck over in their own zone which set the stage for Craig Madore to become the hero.
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Madore stunned everyone by scoring a quick goal to eliminate Andover and advance the Knuckle Pucks to the championship. They will play the Inglewood Jacks next Thursday at 9:00 pm.
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Outlaws win Greater Merrimack Valley League Championship

Bedford– The Outlaws beat Margaritaville 5-4 in a shootout to become the Winter GMVL Champions.
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Tyler Cummings got the scoring started for the Outlaws just 1:31 into the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead.
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The lead was short lived because just 1:10 later, Margaritaville’s top defenseman, Rob Klein scored to knot things up at one.
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Margaritaville would get the games first powerplay opportunity when Tom Busa got called for hooking. That hooking penalty proved to be costly because Colin Casey was set up nicely by Travis Hamilton to score with the man advantage.
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After one period of play, Margaritaville held a 2-1 lead.

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Outlaws Colin Hurley (76) and Margaritaville’s Colin Casey (75) battle in front of the net.
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The Outlaws started the second period shorthanded. Their penalty killing unit was forced to step up for the first 1:35 of the period in order to keep the score at 2-1.
 
The rest of the second period belonged to the Outlaws. With a little over seven minutes left in the second period, Joe Pesaturo was called for an illegal check to give the Outlaws their first powerplay.
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The powerplay unit pulled through thanks to Joe Moore, and with six minutes to go in the second period, this game was tied at two.
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In a 40 second span, the Outlaws had one of their best shifts all game. Both Sean Insor and Anthony Tomao scored goals to give the Outlaws a 4-2 lead after two periods of play.

Just 30 seconds into the period, Colin Casey scored his second goal of the game to make it a 4-3 game. The rest of the third period proved to be a battle. Both teams defenses stepped up, and the goalies both made big saves to keep it a one-goal game for most of the third period.

Looking to tie the game with just over a minute to go in the game, Margaritaville pulled their goalie. Well, the move worked because with just 1:11 remaining Travis Hamilton scored a goal to send the game into overtime.

Neither team was able to score in overtime, so this game was decided by a shootout. Per MAHL rules, each team sends out three shooters, but then if needed each team will go one by one until the next team scores to win the game.

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The Outlaws ultimately won 5-4 in a shootout.

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Outlaws hold off Margaritaville, advance to Championship Game.

Bedford– The Outlaws beat Margaritaville 7-6 in a back and forth thriller.
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Matt Piccirillo got the scoring started for the Outlaws just 39 seconds into the game to give his team a 1-0 lead. Sean Insor followed that by taking a pass from Piccirillo and sneaking one behind Margaritaville’s goalie to make it 2-0 just over a minute into the first period.
Even though the Outlaws came out aggressive and jumped to an early lead, Margaritaville fought back with two first period goals. Travis Hamilton and Brian Zimmerman both found the back of the net. The Outlaws lead 3-2 after one period of play.
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 The scoring did not slow down at all in the second period. Just a minute into the period, Joe Pesaturo scored a goal to make it a 3-3 game. Things got interesting at the end of the second period when Outlaw’s Ryan Insor was sent to the penalty box for high sticking with under two minutes remaining in the period. After two periods of play, the Outlaws were clinging to a 6-5 lead.
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Margaritaville opened up the third period with a 43-second power play, however, they were unable to score with the man advantage. Matt Piccirillo scored at the 10:00 mark to give the Outlaws a two-goal lead.

Jack Rogers gave his team hope at the 7:30 mark with a snipe past the Outlaws goalie to pull within one.

The Outlaws committed two penalties with under four minutes to go in regulation giving Margaritaville a golden opportunity to tie the game. They threw multiple shots on net during their 5-3 power play and even pulled their goalie with under one minute left in the game, but were unable to score a goal.

In a losing effort, Margaritaville’s goaltender, Vincent Lee played well given the number of shots he faced. He stopped 29 out of 36 shots but it wasn’t enough.

These two teams will face off again tonight for the right to be crowned as champions.

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