Monday, December 19, 2011

Jr. A Enters Winter Break With A Win

The Jr. A team ended the first semester with a big 4-2 win over the Hill Academy. The team hit the ice hard in an effort to make up for their loss the previous night, and did just that. Mike Marchionda (Hyde Park, MA) led the scoring with two goals in the game. Ryan Connors (Marshfield, MA) and Billy Boudreau (Newburyport, MA) added the last two goals for BA. Jordi Van Gaal (RyMenam, Belguim) had a big night in goal saving 30 of 32 shots. The team enters break with a winning record of 13-6-2.

Jr. A Falls to NE Stars

The Jr. A hockey team remained on campus for one last home game before winter break. As they faced off against the NE Stars, it promised to be a close match up. While the Wolverines kept in the game for the most part, they ultimately fell to the Stars 4-2. Jimmy Magrath (Medfield, MA) tallied Bridgton's first goal of the night as he rebounded Alex Pompeo's (Hingham, MA) shot from Steve Bellew (Hingham, MA). The Stars tied things up with an unsuccessful penalty kill by Bridgton with just over seven minutes to play in the first period. Pompeo tallied his second assist of the night as he set up Brendan Glynn (Quincy, MA) who flipped the puck over the Star's goalie to tie it up 2-2. Going into the third period, the NE Stars were able to pull ahead to secure the 4-2 win.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jr. B Has A Busy Weekend

Friday Night the Jr. B hockey team took on the University of New Hampshire’s club team for the second time this season. The game had a good start to the game with Billy Smith (Boston, MA) scored the first goal of the game off assists from Craig Standish (New York, NY) and Dusty Burke (Sherborn, MA) to give BA a 1-0 lead. UNH answered back to tie things up, followed by another Bridgton goal. Matt Driscoll (Dedham, MA) capitalized on a feed from Zach Pettingill (Scarborough, ME) and Marquise Cotten (Washington, DC). Bridgton could not hold onto the 2-1 lead as UNH fought back to secure the 4-2 win. John Busa (Billerica, MA) played in net stopping 38 of 42 shots.

Coach Meserve commented after the game, “Overall we just didn't work as a team. Teamwork is something we have preached all year and we just didn't work together as a unit."

Bridgton was on the ice the following night as they took on the Academie St. Louis. With a fire that was missing the previous night, Bridgton fought the whole game to come out on top with a 3-0 win. Brian McKeown (Scarborough, ME) led the scoring effort as he capitalized on a breakaway from a long stretch pass from Cory Durkin (Narragansett, RI) and Driscoll. Driscoll then tallied another assist as he can Chris Mini (Everett, MA) set up Pettingill for the Wolverines second goal of the night. Burke clinched the win with the third and final goal of the evening and he redirected a pass from the corner and buried the puck in the back of the net. McKeown and Steve Trychon (Stearling, MA) assisted Burke’s goal. Busa played in net for the second night with a shutout stopping all 40 shots the Academie St. Louis sent his way.

Coach Meserve was happy after the second game noting, “Best overall game of the year. We executed our systems, worked as a team and competed in all areas of the ice. John Busa was spectacular in net and the defense cleared away all the rebounds."

Bridgton took the ice Sunday afternoon for their final contest of the weekend with another game against the Academy St. Louie. This time, the Academie was ready for the Wolverines and picked up a 6-1 upset. Burke scored Bridgton’s only goal of the night with assists from Durkin and Johnny Sheil (Narragansett, RI). Brendan Gaetjins (Montclair, NJ) started in net for the Wolverines stopping 14 of 18 shots. Busa finished the game in net saving 22 of 24 shots.

Coach Meserve used the game to the team’s advantage commenting, "This was a great learning experience for us today. A lot of things we did correctly the day we just didn't execute today. We learned the hard way what happens when you don't show discipline and play unselfish hockey."

Monday, December 5, 2011

Jr. B Ties New England College J.V.

The Wolverines hit the road as the traveled to New England College to take on the Pilgrim's J.V. squad. The teams were very evenly matches skill wise, and the game resulted in a 3-3 tie. Chris Mini (Everett, MA) scored on a wrist shot from Marquise Cotten (Washington, DC). Colin Edwards (Winchester, MA) tallied the Wolverines second goal of the night as he took a feed in the slot from Kevin Seely (Berkley, MA) and Billy Smith (West Roxbury, MA). Seely then took a long pass from Matt Pagano (Cranston, RI) and turned it into Bridgton's final goal of the contest. John Busa (Billerica, MA) took 40 shots and saved 37 of them.

Jr. A Falls To Hebron Academy

Bridgton took their home ice against Hebron Academy for a big rivalry game this past weekend. Right away, the competition and skill level was high. Hebron took the lead early in the game, extending it to 5-0. Silas Rainville (Franklin, VT) netted Bridgton's first goal of the competition from Mike Marchionda (Hyde Park, MA) to lessen Hebron's lead. Bridgton kept the momentum going as Ryan Connors (Marshfield, MA) capitalized on a feed from Colin Edwards (Winchester, MA). Hebron then answered back to extend the lead to 6-2, followed by another Bridgton goal. For the Wolverines third tally, Billy Boudreau (Newburyport, MA) finished a pass from Dylan Larrow (Ludlow, MA) for the final effort of the game. Hebron netted one more before the end, resulting in a 7-3 loss for the Wolverines.