The ’05 Pee Wee Minor North Shore Shamrocks team came looking to make a statement in Cranston, RI against the Providence Jr. Friars on Sunday afternoon, Oct 16th. Having tied the Friars in their previous match the Shamrocks new it would take a complete game effort by every member of the squad.
Initially the game was back and forth with the two teams feeling each other out. Center Kurt Vilmunen and winger Nick Shinopulos each had good solid rushes that were held at bay by solid Friar goaltending. Not to be outdone, standout Shamrock net minder Jake McLean held the Friars to zero on the scoreboard until well into the 1st period. The Friars would strike first scoring at the 12 minute mark of the period. However, that would be all that McLean would allow the rest of the way as he was outstanding the entire day. Speedy winger Matthew DiZoglio would tie it up only 29 seconds after the Friars lone score on a quick rush up the ice assisted by winger Tyler Beals. The Shamrocks would go on to take over the remainder of the first period, with 2 quick goals by the powerful line of DiZoglio, Beals, and Lees. Beals scored on an unassisted strike at 9:45 of the first period and center, Ben Lees would also score assisted by Beals.
The second period saw the lone goal scored by rugged Shamrock winger, Mitchel DeVaux assisted by line mate, centerman Kurt Vilmunen.
The defensive core played both ends very well with several offensive rushes on the day by Nico Schmalz and Johnny Dalton. Meanwhile Defensemen Patrick Mozuch, Ryan Monaco, and usual winger Zach Giardina took it to the forwards of the Friars anytime they entered the Shamrock zone. Defenseman, Coleman Connors would play a physical game, accruing his first penalty of the year, but overall he gave the Friars fits driving them wide and utilizing his speed.
The 3rd period would be all Shamrocks. Matthew DiZoglio would score his second and third to complete the hattrick. His first was an unassisted goal at 11:16 of the third. He would follow that up with another goal exactly 4 minutes later off a crisp breakout pass by defenseman, Johnny Dalton. But the Shamrocks were not done. Befitting a game where the entire team played a high tempo, high effort type of game, always hard-working winger, Keenan Considine finished off the scoring assisted by shifty center, Andrew Cappella. This capped off quite the day for Considine as he collected a goal but lost a tooth on the bench! All with a smile!
With this win the Shamrocks moved into a 3 way tie for 4th place in the division. Next up are the Stars as the North Shore Shamrocks look to continue their climb in the standings!