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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Mad Yaks knock off Top Shelf in Thrilling Shootout Win

Bedford– The Mad 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.
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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.

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Bone Crushers blank Boozin Brewins

Pictured above is the Bone Crushers goalie., William Osborn. He had a great game and didn’t allow any goals. He stopped all 20 shots! Great job, William!
Dan Jepeal (#7)  had one goal and an assist for the night.
The third period clinching goal was with 10 seconds left and an empty net goal.
This was the Boozin Brewins first loss of the season and they are now 6-1-2 on the season.
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Puck Heads score late, top Grizzlies 4-3

Bedford– The Puck 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.
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Chris Ellis (82) positioning in front of the net late in the first period.
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.

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McCarthy, Soldiers Shut Out Intrepid Pursuits, 6-0

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.

 

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