Monday, February 9, 2009


Sunday's game versus Springfield Pics was just what the doctor ordered. BA managed to dress only 4 defensemen, 1 goalie and 10 forwards in game 2. Bridgton Academy and Springfield Pics play a very similar style of play. Both teams brought the same intensity, intelligence and pride for this rematch. Springfield continued where they let off the night before. Peppering goalie Steven Sisler (Plano, TX/Alliance Bulldogs) with 23 shots in the first two periods. "Steven (Sisler) really gutted out those first two periods. He's been banged up most of the week and when Mike (Pearless) went down yesterday, he really stepped it up for the team," said Assistant Coach Mike Meserve. Springfield managed 3 goals in the first two frames, but the goals were the third and fourth shots in some cases. Not to sit back and wait, BA manage 28 shots of their own through two. Captain Sean Travis (Scituate, MA/Bridgton Academy) started BA scoring attack by streaking down the left wing and burying a wrist shot in the upper left hand corner. Ben Pearl (Essex, VT) picked up the assist after a nice feed to Travis.

A tired and wary BA team had every reason to pack it in after two periods. However, Travis put BA on his shoulders and led like a Captain should. He scored his second goal of the game 54 seconds into the third period. Then, 8 minutes later, Travis had a hat trick by scoring on the power play. Matt Delgiudice (Oakland, ME/Messkalonkee HS) added his second assist of the game on Travis' power play goal. With the game tied Travis decided to share the goal scoring. Eric Clemmenson (Farmington, CT/Tabor Academy) scored the game winning goal on the power play, with assists going to Tom Paine (Superior, WI/Duluth Marshall HS) and Kyle Campana (Boxboro,MA/Walpole Express). "We did a great job on the power play today. We moved the puck around, showing some patience and not forcing the play. Clemmenson is a big, strong kid, who battles in front of the net and will sacrifice his body to bang one in" said Assistant Coach Mike Meserve.

BA put the game out of reach with 9 minutes to play when Travis added his fourth goal of the game, helped by Delgiudice, who picked up his third assist. "Guys really stepped up this weekend. Guys thought of the team first. The team played hard, tough and smart" quoted Assistant Captain Matt Delgiudice. "Some players really need to be congratulated and thanked for their hard work. Players like Phil Baker-Coe (Acton-Boxboro,MA), Barrett Elliot (Foxboro,MA/Bishop Feehan), Brendan Hambleton (Nahant, MA/Swampscott HS) and Nick Marshall (Bridgton, MA/Lake Region HS) all were called on to log some serious ice time this weekend. I was extremely proud of each and every player who played this weekend", said Assistant Coach Mike Meserve.

Overall, it was a great weekend for the Wolverines. Counting Thursday's victory over rivals Hebron Academy, Bridgton went 2-1. In three games, Travis had 6 goals and 3 assists, Delgiudice 1 goal, 8 assists and Paine added 2 goals, 3 assists.

BA is hoping to continue its strong play and get all players back when they head west for their last road trip. BA will play Wyoming Seminary Friday, The Hill School, Saturday and Lawrenceville Sunday.

No comments: