Redmen Squirt ‘A’ Hockey team sweeps weekend action with dominating wins over Lynn 7-1 and Danvers 11-1, runs season record to 27-5-4.
On Saturday 2/23 the Redmen impressed the hometown crowd at Breakaway Ice Center with a convincing 7-1 win over a tough, physical Lynn squad. The Redmen were determined to keep the high-powered Lynn offense off the scoreboard and succeeded in doing so, as well as avoiding the infamous Lynn “Cow Bell”. The Redmen knew they would have to pick up their game as Jake McDonough was in South Carolina for the weekend. They came out strong getting pucks to the Lynn net early and often. Kaylen Taddia, Maci Chapman, and Timmy Sweeney each had great chances on the first shift of the game but the Lynn goalie turned their shots away. The Lynn Comets had chances of their own during the 1st period but great defensive plays early from Chance Fitzgerald, Cam Whealan, and Jared LeGrand kept shots away from the Redmen net. The Redmen took a 1-0 lead with 2:30 left in the 1st period when Evan Zonderman scored the 1st of his 2 goals on the day, assist to Julia Stanizzi. The Redmen increased their lead to 2-0 just 1:29 later when Justin Rooney took the puck for a tour around the rink, skating from end-to-end, and depositing a sweet backhander past the Lynn goalie. The Comets came out flying in the 2nd period but great goaltending from Caulin Martel kept the game at 2-0 in favor of the Redmen until Shayne MacDonald scored with 7:24 left in period, assist to Maci Chapman (who wore the Fireman Hat home as player of the game). Evan Zonderman increased the lead to 4-0 when he took a Jade Owirka clearing pass, skated in alone and beat the Comet goalie with a great backhander. Lynn kept attacking but once again great defensive work from Trevor Lindsey and Austin Tingtella kept the Comets from soaring. The Redmen had a flurry of shots with just under 3 minutes to play in the period when Aidan Silvia, TJ Moore, and Justin Rooney worked the cycle down low. Lynn was finally able to get on the scoreboard with 1:!6 to play in the 2nd period. The 3rd period was dominated by the Redmen as they maintained offensive zone pressure for the entire period. Chance Fitzgerald got things started with 11:17 to play in the game when he fired a Zdeno Chara like wrister past the
Comet goalie for the 5-1 lead. Timmy Sweeney then scored 2 goals in a 1:30 span. With 7:20 left in the game, Sweeney fired a one-time through the 5-hole,
assist to Kaylen Taddia. Sweeney struck again with 5:52 left in the game, this time beating the goalie high over the catching glove, assist to Julia Stanizzi. The Redmen closed out the game with some pretty passing & unselfish play, leaving Breakaway with a 7-1 win.
The Redmen returned to the ice on Sunday 2/24 against Danvers at Kasabuski Rink in Saugus and finished out the weekend series with an 11-1 win. The Redmen dominated from puck drop to final buzzer, getting contributions from the entire roster. Maci Chapman got things started when she scored on a breakaway just 36
seconds into the game. Danvers attempted to gain offensive zone pressure but Jared LeGrand, Trevor Lindsey, and Austin Tingtella all made great defensive plays to keep Danvers off the scoreboard. The Redmen increased their lead to 2-0 with 4:41 left in the game when TJ Moore scored his 1st of 2 goals on the day, assist to Shayne MacDonald. Danvers was able to cut into the Redmen lead but Kaylen Taddia closed out the 1st period scoring with 2:22 left when she fired a hard wrist shot under the sliding goalie, assists to Timmy Sweeney and Maci Chapman. The 2nd period started with Danvers looking to cut into the 3-1 Redmen lead but goalie Caulin Martel made 3 saves over a 20 second span that had the Kasabuski crowd
buzzing. The Redmen then went on the offensive, scoring 4 goals in the next 6 minutes. Kaylen Taddia scored her 2nd goal of the game with 9:20 left in the period, assists to Timmy Sweeney and Maci Chapman. Just 1:05 later Chance
Fitzgerald made a great deke move and fired a backhander into the top corner
for the 5-1 lead, assists to Julia Stanizzi and Evan Zonderman. TJ Moore scored a hardworking goal, lying on his back, with 6:35 left in the period to make the score 6-1, assist to Aidan Silvia. Evan Zonderman closed out scoring in the 2nd period when he fired a low, hard wrist shot into the back of the net, assists to Julia Stanizzi and Chance Fitzgerald. The Redmen opened up the 3rd period quickly as Timmy Sweeney picked up a loose puck at center ice, skated in alone, and beat the Danvers goalie with a wrister over the blocker glove. Evan Zonderman scored his 2nd goal of the game just 1 minute later to increase the lead to 9-1 for the Redmen. The Redmen switched up their lines late in the game, giving some of their hard-working defensemen a chance to play up at forward. Jared LeGrand and Austin Tingtella both had quality scoring chances turned away by the Danvers goalie. Julia Stanizzi fired home a rebound with 4:43 left in the game for the 10-1 lead, assist to TJ Moore and Cam Whealan. The Redmen closed out the scoring with 1:28 left in the game when Jade Owirka fired a wrist shot into the back of the net, assists to Kaylen Taddia and Jared LeGrand.