The 2005 PW Minor Shamrocks entered a match against the Manchester Flames on Saturday morning, October 8th looking to climb into the upper portion of the EMHL standings. The Shamrocks came to play and found themselves in an intense battle early on against the tough minded Flames.
The Shamrocks struck first with a sweet goal by forward Ben Lees at 10:18 of the 1st period. The assist went to defenseman Johnny Dalton, returning to action for the first time since breaking 3 bones in his foot just days before the season opened. The Flames would strike back to tie it at 1-1 and that’s how the first period ended. The Flames and Shamrocks would go on to trade goals early in the second period with the Shamrock’s Colby Robinson tallying an unassisted goal, sliding the puck just under the Flames goalie’s pads.
The Flames would mount several good rushes during the 2nd period. All but one of those offensive threats would be turned away by the outstanding efforts of goaltender, Jake McLean as well as strong defensive work by defensemen Ava Vautour, Coleman Connors, Patrick Mozuch, and Jonathan Dalton. The Shamrocks would take the lead for good in the second period off a beautiful tip by Ryan Monaco, assisted on by Defensemen Vautour and Dalton. Monaco would go on to play both forward and defense in this game, displaying his versatility in order to help his team shake off a few minor injuries on the forward lines.
The 3rd period had the Shamrocks putting the hammer down and finishing the game with an offensive flourish. Even when they weren’t scoring the Shamrocks forwards were relentless in their attacking with great forechecking plays by Matthew DiZoglio, Casey Robbins, and Nick Shinopolus.
Goals in the 3rd period were scored by hard-working winger, Keenan Considine, assisted by Mitchell DeVaux. Tyler Beals would get in on the action as well; assisted by returning defenseman Johnny Dalton (scoring 3 assists in his return). Relentless winger, Nick Shinopolus would score assisted by Andrew Cappella. Finally, Mitch DeVaux would finish the scoring, assisted by converted winger, Casey Robbins and display one of his patented “running man” celebrations.
This win over the Manchester Flames set the Shamrocks up in a tie for 5th place in the division and only 1 point behind the 4th place team. The upcoming Oct 15/16 weekend holds games against both the 5th and 4th place teams. With continued hard work, the Shamrocks look to continue their climb in the rankings. Stay tuned!