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.”