On Halloween, the Shamrocks beat Top Gun 6-3, demonstrating excellent teamwork and offensive firepower. On Sunday the Shamrocks lost 5-1 to the North Star Selects. The game was a back and forth affair with the Shamrocks having several opportunities to score that we just could not capitalize on. The boys played hard until the final buzzer and treated all in attendance to an excellent hockey game.
The 2002 Orange team had a solid weekend. On Saturday the shamrocks lost a hard fought game to the undefeated Bay State Breakers 3-1. The shamrocks battled hard all game and in fact, outshot the Breakers, but were unable to capitalize on various scoring chances. On Sunday, the Shamrocks traveled to New Hampshire to play the Cyclones. The two teams battled back and forth during a evenly contested affair, ultimately finishing the game in a 4-4 time. The Boys played hard and fought until the final buzzer.
The Pee Wee Minor Team continued their winning ways this weekend with a pair of wins 4 hours apart on Saturday.
The team started off with a strong 5-1 win against the Providence Junior Friars early Saturday morning at the Ristuccia. The Shamrocks started off the scoring when Cole Johnson (1-0-1) snapped a wrist shot that found its way through the 5 hole at 5:59 of the first period from RK Kobierski (1-2-3) and Brogan Chambers (0-3-3). Robert Ryan (1-2-3) scored a minute a half later when he was sent on a breakaway by Tyler Puska (0-1-1) and Brogan Chambers. The team kept the pressure on and Christian Dunham (1-0-1) put one past the goaltender at the 14:31 mark with a shot along the goal-line. In the second period Anthony Pecci (1-0-1) opened the scoring with a short-handed goal with assists from Kobierski and Chambers. Kenny Dunne was terrific in net keeping the Friars off the scoreboard during 5 straight powerplays. Entering the 3rd period up 4-0 the team worked hard to preserve the shut out for Dunne but a defensive miscue led to the Friars only goal. After killing a 1:30 of 5 on 3 the Shamrocks closed out the scoring when Kobierski (from Chambers and Bryan) let it fly from the point beating the goalie through a screen.
After getting breakfast and relaxing in the parking lot the boys took the ice at Noon to play the North Star Selects. The game started off on a bad bounce when 17 seconds into the game the North Stars scored on a tricky bounce. The boys fought right back and scored three straight goals. Colin Savill (1-1-2) started the scoring, with RJ Kobierski (0-1-1) and Tyler Puska (0-1-1) assisting. Brogan Chambers (1-1-2) netted the send on a rebound of an Anthony Pecci (1-1-2) shot. Robert Bryan (1-0-1) finished the scoring in the 1st period pounding in the rebound off a Cameron Chute (0-2-2) shot. The Shamrocks were able to build a 3 goal lead in the second when Pecci broke in a put one past the goalie. The North Stars never quit and came back to tie the game at 4 before the end of the 2nd period. The 3rd period was a back and forth affair. Despite playing on what had to be tired legs the team scored three times in the period. The first came from Tyler Seller (1-0-1) scored on a wrist shot from the slot on a pass from Cole Johnson (0-1-1). Aiden Robinson (1-0-1), from Savill and Brendan Fox (0-1-1) gave the Shamrocks a 2 goal lead when he snapped a wrister past the goalie. The North Stars were able to tie up the game and it looked like the team had run out of gas. The team managed to dig deep and with 3:51 left in the game Christian Dunham (1-0-1), from Sean Cunningham (0-1-1) and Chute, blasted a snapper from the left circle past the goalie for the game winner.
The Pee Wee Minor Orange Team keeps rolling/ 02 Pee Wee Minor Orange
The Pee Wee Minor Orange Team continued to roll this weekend with a win over The Dover Stars. The Stars had come in on a 7 game winning streak (their last loss was to the Shamrocks back on September 15th) and the Shamrocks were 9-0-1 in their previous 10.
The Stars came out flying at the start, if not for the tremendous work of Kenny Dunne in net the Shamrocks could have found themselves down early in the game. The boys found their skating legs and were able to take a 1-0 lead when Tyler Seller (1-0-1) redirected a shot form Cole Johnson (0-1-1) in the final minute of the 1st period.
In the second period the Shamrocks built a 2 goal lead when Robert Bryan (1-0-1) knocked in a rebound from RJ Kobierski (0-1-1). The Stars cut the lead to 1 but were never able to get closer. The Shamrocks closed out the period strong reestablishing the 2 goal lead when Aiden Robinson (2-0-2) scored the first of his 2 on the afternoon after breaking in alone on a terrific feed from Will Larson (0-1-1).
Up 3-1 going into the final period the Shamrocks continued to apply pressure and Aiden scored his scored on a wrap around after some great in zone work and passes from Colin Savill (1-1-2) and Tyler Puska (0-1-1). Colin closed out the scoring when he crashed the net and drove home the rebound of a Sean Cunningham (0-1-1) shot.
The final score was 5-1 and Shamrocks improved to 10-1-1 on the season.
The Pee Wee Minor Team is off to a fantastic start this year. After a pair of wins this weekend the team is 7-1-1 and currently in 1st place with 15 points.
The team started off with a strong 8 – 2 win against the Boston Bandits Saturday afternoon in Bridgewater. Prior to the game the team dedicated the game to Coach Puska's dad who had passed away earlier that day. Each player wrote “Grampy” on their skates in his honor. Despite being called for 10 penalties the team managed to keep their composure and score 3 short-handed goals. This matched the number of power-play goals the team scored. While Kenny Dunne was holding the fort in net Christian Dunham (1-1-2), Tyler Seller (1-0-1), Colin Savill (1-0-1), Sean Cunningham (2-0-2), Will Larson (1-0-1), J.T. Monahan (1-0-1), Anthony Pecci (1-1-2) and a pair of assists from RJ Koberski.
On Sunday the boys had an early game at home in Wilmington against Global Hockey. The team got off to a bit of a slow start and thanks to the efforts of Kenny Dunne got out of the first period tied 0 – 0. In the second period Adian Robinson (1-3-4) got the Shamrocks on the board. The scoring was continued by Colin Savill (2-0-2), and Anthony Pecci (1-2-3). Entering the third period with a 3-0 lead the team continued to apply pressure and score three more goals. Colin Savil opened the scoring in the third followed by Sean Cunningham (1-2-3) and closed out by Tyler Puska (1-0-0). While the team was applying pressure up front Kenny made several great saves to keep Global off the board and preserve the shut-out.
The second game of the Shamrocks' first weekend was a hard fought one. They took the ice for the first league game of the year against the Boston Jr. Terriers (White).
The first period began as a back and forth defensive battle with a flurry of shots coming from both ends. Shamrocks goalie Garrett Ruszkowski was yet again on his game this past Sunday with some big saves early in the game.
The first goal of the game did not come until the end of the first period when after some hard fought corner work by his linemates Brett Palladino and Marco Jaramello, Nick Dantuono capitalized on a pass dug out of the corner.
In the second period, defenseman Will O'Brien, helping his team out by jumping up to play left wing, brought the puck deep into the zone several times, keeping the momentum of the offense going. From the point, Kevin Kelleher tallied a few high percentage shots, allowing his forwards a chance at some quality rebounds. The hard work of all the players paid off halfway through the period when Nick Dantuono found the back of the net yet again, assisted by Chris Fiorentino and defenseman James Santagati.
Next came a good test for the Shamrocks. Faced with a penalty with only a couple minutes remaining, both forwards and defensemen stood strong and turned away several chances by the Terriers and were able to hold onto the shutout chance for Ruszkowski.
The third period was again a great example of defense for the Shamrocks. Strong defensive play from Sydney Vautour, Matt Ackerman, Jeff Matthews and Mike Dobie held the Terriers to limited chances. Forwards PJ Cumminsky, Noah Schott, and Aaron Scott helped on the backcheck.
The '01 Peewee Major Green Shamrocks started the season off on a good note this past Saturday. Playing at home against the Lynn Comets, the Shamrocks return this year with a few new faces.
Returning forwards Marco Jaramillo, Chris Fiorentino, PJ Cumminsky, Aaron Scott, and Nick Dantuono will be joined this year by new players Jeff Floramo, Noah Schott, and Brett Palladino.
Returning blue-liners Sydney "Syd The Kid" Vautour, Will O'Brien, Mike Dobie, and James Santagatti will be joined by new players Jeff Matthews, Matt Ackerman and Kevin Kelleher.
Goalie Garrett Ruszkowski will be manning the position between the pipes once again.
This past Saturday's game got off to a quick start with Comets notching the first goal of the season. The Shamrocks were not on their heels for long as new forward Brett Palladino answered right back to tie the game at 1 a piece off a pass from defenseman Will O'Brien.
From there, the Shamrocks started rolling. Palladino's goal was followed quickly by a goal from PJ Cumminsky off a shot in the slot after put in deep in the zone by defenseman Mike Dobie. WIth the final minutes ticking down in the 1st period, new forward Noah Schott banged one home off a pass from linemate Aaron Scott.
A few minutes into the second period, Aaron Scott and PJ Cumminsky connected with a goal from Scott. The Shamrocks then went to sleep for the remainder of the period. Whether happy with their 4-1 lead or getting the legs back from lounging at the beach all summer, the rest of the period belonged to the Comets. They tallied another goal to bring the score within reach, 4-2.
Goaltender Garrett Ruszkowski stood on his head to preserve the Shamrock's lead going into the 3rd. He made save after save until the Shamrocks once again pulled ahead late in the 3rd period with a goal from Nick Dantuono after collecting a rebound from Jeff Matthews.
When the horn sounded, the Shamrocks headed off the ice with a 5-2 win for the first game of the season.