Monday, October 24, 2011

Jr. B Stays Strong in Cyclone Tournament

This weekend, the Jr. B hockey team competed in the Cyclone Tournament in Hudson, NH. The team started out Friday night with a game against the Mass Mariners AAA suqad. It was a close match up that resulted in a 2-2 tie at the end of overtime. Zach Pettingill (Scarborough, ME) and Matt Pagano (Cranston, RI) tallied goals for Bridgton to keep them in the game. The game came down to a shootout, and Barry O’Neil (Falmouth, MA) netted the game winner for the Wolverines. John Busa (Billerica, MA) played in net and stopped 26 of 28 shots and denied all three shootout attempts.

The team hit the ice again the next day to play the Red Rangers AAA team. It was a close, well played game. Unfortunately Bridgton could not keep the momentum from the prior night going as they suffered a 3-2 loss. Dan MacInnes (Plymouth, MA) put away the Wolverines first goal, as Cody Norton (Essex, VT) scored the second in an attempt to take the lead. In net, Brendan Gaetjens (Montclair, NJ) stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced.

In game three of the tournament, Bridgton faced the Portland Junior Pirates AAA team and walked away with a big 6-0 shutout win. Norton tallied Bridgton’s first two goals of the game on power plays. Ethan Charny (Chicago, IL) scored the Wolverines third goal, setting the win in motion. Billy Smith (Boston, MA), Kevin Seeley (Berkley, MA), and Norton collected the last three goals for Bridgton in the 6-0 win. Mike Gendreau (Medford, MA) played between the pipes and stopped the 12 shots that came his way.

Coach Meserve was complementary at the end of the weekend saying, "It was a solid performance overall. We have a lot of little things we still to work on, with our biggest issue being the team not finishing a complete game yet. When we are able to play a full 60 minutes, we are going to be a tough opponent."

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