Monday, January 30, 2012

Jr. B Loses A Pair To Boston Jr. Warriors

The Jr. B hockey team took the ice for a two game series against the Boston Jr. Warriors who proved to be a tough opponent. In the first game of the night, Bridgton suffered a 6-3 loss to the Warriors. In the second game, Bridgton was looking to split the series. However, after a very physical game, the Warriors came out on top with a 5-2 win.

In the first game, Bridgton was down and tallied three goals to try and lessen the gap. Brian McKeown (Scarborough, ME) collected a feed from Johnny Sheil (Narragansett, RI) for the Wolverines first goal of the night. Cory Durkin (Narragansett, RI) netted his first goal of the season unassisted on a breakaway. McKeown then redirected a shot for the Wolverines final goal of the game with asssists from Steve Trychon (Sterling, MA) and Matt Pagano (Cranston, RI). Mike Gendreau (Medford, MA) played in net stopping 29 of 35 shots.

After the game Coach Meserve commented, "The first period was a tough one. We didn't start playing our game until the third and just ran out of time. "

On Saturday when the two teams met again, Bridgton was looking to redeem themselves. McKeown, Trychon, and Pagano paired up for a second time as McKeown netted the first goal of the game. Billy Smith (Boston, MA) capitalized on a feed from Danny MacInnes (Plymouth, MA) and Dusty Burke (Sherborn, MA) for the Wolverines second and final goal of the competition. John Busa (Billerica, MA) stopped 38 of 43 shots between the pipes for the Wolverines.

After the game, Coach Meserve noted, "It was one of our better efforts. We played very physical against a very skilled team. We utilized our systems intelligently and played with great intensity. The unsung heroes today were guys like, Chris Mini (Everett, MA), Marquise Cotten (Washington, DC) and Evan Gray (Norwell, MA)....they were warriors down low and threw their bodies around. There was no reason to hang our heads today."

Up next the Wolverines will travel to North Yarmouth Academy to play Saturday at 3:30 P.M.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Jr. A Goes 2-1 In Northwood Tournament

To wrap up the week, the Jr. A hockey team traveled to Lake Placid, NY to participate in the Northwood Tournament. In their first game, the Wolverines faced off against the Valley Forge Minutemen and won 5-1. Colin Edwards (Winchester, MA) started the scoring with an assist from Brendan Glynn (Quincy, MA). Glynn then netted his own goal with help from Jimmy Magrath (Medfield, MA) and Ryan Connors (Marshfield, MA). Steve Bellew (Hingham, MA) also netted a goal with assists from (Zach Wells Hyannis, MA) and Marco Spisso (Highland Falls, NY). Magrath and Edwards secured the win with the final two goals of the contest. Mike Gendreau (Medford, MA) played in net stopping 15 shots.

In the second game, the Wolverines fell short as they lost 3-1 to the Northwood School. Magrath scored the lone goal for Bridgton with an assist from Sam Scannell (Glastonbury, CT). Pat Farrington (Sandwich, MA) played in net with 30 saves in the loss.

Looking to make up for the previous loss, the Wolverines came out strong against St. Francis and walked away with a 3-1 win. Cam Kennedy (Lynn, MA) was first on the board for Bridgton with assists from Scannell and Connors. Mike Marchionda (Hyde Park, MA) tallied a goal with help from Kevin Seeley (Berkley, MA). Magrath netted Bridgton’s final goal of the tournament with assists from Bellew and Edwards. Jordi Van Gaal (RyMenam, Belgium) stopped 33 shots between the pipes.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jr. A Takes Back Fabello Cup

The Jr. A hockey team traveled to Hebron Academy yesterday in an attempt to win back the Fabello Cup. Each year Bridgton and Hebron compete to win the best of three, and keep the Cup for a year.

In the first game of the night, Zach Wells (Hyannis, MA) scored five minutes into the game to give Bridgton the lead. Once Wells gave the Wolverines the lead, they never let up. Shortly into the second period, Wells scored again for a 2-0 lead. Colin Edwards (Winchester, MA) then put up two goals in one shift to secure a 4-0 lead. Hebron was able to capitalize and sneak in a goal, but Brendan Glynn (Quincy, MA) answered back with another tally for the Wolverines. Jimmy Magrath (Medfield, MA) also scored for Bridgton, however Hebron attempted a comeback with three quick goals. With a score of 6-4 Hebron pulled their goaltender for a man up advantage, but Magrath was able to find the open net for a 7-4 win.

In an additional 20 minute match up to determine the winner of the Fabello Cup, both teams came out ready to win. Magrath was the first on the board giving the Wolverines the lead. Hebron answered back, followed by a Bridgton penalty. Hebron took charge of the power play, but Tommy Graham (Medfield, MA) was able to block a shot from the point and feed it to Kevin Seeley (Berkely, MA) who capitalized on the breakaway and netted the go ahead goal. With less than two minutes to play, Bridgton appeared to have the win. Hebron, however, was not ready to give up netting one last goal to tie things up. After one scoreless five minute overtime, Steve Bellew (Hingham, MA) ended the game just a few minutes into the second overtime to take back the Fabello Cup.

The team will be back on the ice this weekend as they travel to Lake Placid, NY to participate in the Northwood Tournament.

Middlebury Overtakes Jr. B

The Jr. B hockey team boarded the bus for the long trip to Middlebury, VT yesterday to take on their J.V. squad. Although BA had some scoring opportunities, Middlebury was able to walk away with the 6-3 victory.

Ethan Charny (Chicago, IL) collected a turnover created by Zach Pettingill (Scarborough, ME) and walked it in to beat the goalie on his low blocker side with a well placed wrist shot. Charny also tallied an assist as he and Billy Smith (Boston, MA) set up Cody Norton (Essex, VT) for the Wolveirne's second goal of the contest. Danny MacInnes (Plymouth, MA) scored the third and final goal for BA unassisted as the stole the puck from a Middlebury defensemen and walked in alone for a gorgeous backhanded shot under the crossbar.

Mike Gendreau (Medford, MA) started in net for the Wolveirnes saving 20 of 25 shots. John Busa (Billerica, MA) also saw time between the pipes stopping 11 of 12 shots that came his way.

Coach Meserve commented after the game, "Not one of our best efforts. Maybe it was the long bus ride, or maybe the guys were intimidated by the facility, but we didn't have it tonight."

After a short break, the Jr. B team will be back in action February 4th at 2:00 P.M. as they travel to North Yarmouth Academy for a rematch.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hockey Pictures Are Up!

Check out this weekends photos from the Jr. B and Jr. A hockey games on shutterfly!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jr. A Sweeps Ulysse Prep

Bridgton and Ulysse Prep took the ice Sunday morning for a second contest this weekend. After the close, physical game the previous night, both teams came out on fire. Bridgton was the first on the board as Jimmy Magrath (Medfield, MA) scored with assists from Brendan Glynn (Quincy, MA) and Colin Edwards (Winchester, MA). It didn't take long however for Ulysse to answer back with two goals in a row. Towards the end of the first period, Magrath tied up the game with an assist from Edwards.

Ulysse came out strong with the first goal in the second period, but Bridgton answered back as Ryan Connors (Marshfield, MA) netted a power play goal with an assist from Steve Bellew (Hingham, MA). With back and forth play, Ulysse was next to score. While it seemed like they would enter the third period with a one goal advantage, Kevin Seeley (Berkley, MA) was able to tie up the game with help from Tommy Graham (Medfield, MA) with one second left on the board.

In the third period, Bridgton was determined to take the lead. Alex Pompeo (Hingham, MA) scored with a well placed wrist shot, assisted by Edwards for a one goal advantage. A few minutes later, Magrath netted his third goal of the game unassisted to increase Bridgton's lead. Right off the next face-off, Zach Wells (Hyannis, MA) finished a feed from Conors for the Wolverine's seventh goal of the contest. Ulysse never backed down, netting a goal of their own in a similar style, off the very next face-off. The intensity increased a notch, and Edwards fed the puck to Glynn who buried a wrist shot as he was crossing the net. Ulysse was able to sneak one last goal past Bridgton's goalie Jordi Van Gaal (RyMenam,Belgium), but Bridgton walked away with a big 8-6 win.

This Wednesday the team will be on the road as they travel to Hebron Academy to play at 4:00 P.M.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jr. A Dominates Ulysse Prep

The Jr. A hockey faced off against Canadian based Ulysse Prep in what promised to be a close match up. For the first period, the score stayed tied at zero. In the second period, Tommy Graham (Medfield, MA) collected the puck for a breakaway and netted the first goal of the game shorthanded. Bridgton held the lead 1-0 going into the third period. With physical play for the last twenty minutes, Bridgton was fired up. Marco Spisso (Highland Falls, NY) fed Ryan Connors (Marshfield, MA) the puck who advanced Bridgton's lead to 2-0. Bridgton continued to dominate, with Sam Scannell (Glastonbury, CT) burying a pass from Alex Pompeo (Hingham, MA). Spisso secured the win with an unassisted shorthanded goal. Ulysse attempted a comeback with two quick goals, but Bridgton stayed strong to win 4-2. The two teams will take the ice again Sunday morning at 11:00 A.M.

Jr. B Drops Close Game to NYA

The Jr. B hockey team took the ice for a close match up against NYA. The score remained 0-0 after the first period, with Bridgton taking a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Bridgton held onto their lead until late in the second period when NYA was able to tie things up. Ultimately NYA was able to take the lead and secure the 2-1 win over Bridgton. Check back later for the full recap.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Big Weekend Ahead!

This weekend both the Jr. A and Jr. B team will have a busy schedule. Both teams will be playing at home, so if you are in the area make sure to stop by! On Saturday afternoon, the Jr. B team will kick things off with a 3:00 P.M. game against North Yarmouth Academy. The Jr. A team will follow at 7:00 P.M. against Ulysses Prep. The Jr. A team will be back on the ice against Ulysses Prep Sunday at 11:00 A.M. As a side note, the Jr. B game that was scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 P.M. against Walpole Express has been cancelled.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jr. B Hockey Competes in Eastern Jr. Hockey League Showcase

This past weekend the Jr. B hockey team traveled to Marlboro, MA to participate in the Eastern Junior Hockey League Showcase. The team played four games in 48 hours, resulting in a 0-1-3 record.

In the first game, Bridgton faced off against the Brewster Bulldogs and tied 3-3. Dusty Burke started off Bridgton’s scoring on a power play with assists from Matt Pagano and John Sheil after the three battled out the defense to net the puck. Pagano then tallied his own goal with assists from Cory Durkin and Burke off a shot from the point and a good screen from Sheil in front. Ethan Charny netted Bridgton’s final goal of the game off a rebound set up by Kevin Seely and Matt Driscoll. John Busa played in net stopping 36 of 39 shots.

The second game against the Northern Mass Cyclones resulted in a 0-0 tie. Coach Meserve commented the game was “Very physical, with great effort and intensity.” At the end of three periods Brendan Gaetjins stopped all 22 shots that came his way.

The third game also resulted in a 3-3 tie against the New England Huskies in what Coach Meserve noted was the “Best game of the weekend, with outstanding intensity and teamwork.” Zach Pettingill scored the first goal of the night with assists from Burke and Chris Mini. Dan MacInnes tallied the Wolverines second goal of the night with assists from Billy Smith and Pettingill. Burke netted the final goal of the night with assists from Sheil and Brian McKeowen. Mike Gendreau played in net stopping 33 of 36 shots.

In the final game of the showcase Bridgton suffered their first loss to the Metro Moose with a score of 3-1. Sheil scored the Wolverines only goal of the game with assists from Burke and Craig Standish. Standish dumped the puck deep where Burke was able to beat everyone and feed it to Sheil in front of the net. Busa played in net stopping 41 of 44 shots. Coach Meserve was positive about the final game of the showcase commenting “In the last game the guys were spent physically and emotionally, but gave it everything they had.”