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."

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