On Sunday November 11th the Tewksbury Redmen Squirt A Hockey Team looked to continue their winning ways and skated away with an impressive 8-2 win over Wakefield. The win ran the Squirts current winning streak to 6 games and improved their overall record to 11 wins and 3 losses.
Inspired by a pre-game speech from Coach Steve, the Redmen came out flying and put pucks to the Wakefield net immediately. Shayne MacDonald, Evan Zonderman, and Jake McDonough all had quality scoring chances on the first shift of the game. Wakefield knew they were going to have a long day as the Redmen kept coming, using their team speed and quickness to gain control of every loose puck. The Redmen took the early lead as their own "little ball of hate" Kaylen Taddia scored the 1st of her 3 goals on the day. Kaylen, doing her best Brad Marchand impersonation, forechecked 2 Wakefield defenders, knocking them both to the ice, stealing the puck & beating the Wakefield goalie with a hard wrist shot. The Redmen increased their lead to 2-0 when Redmen goalie Caulin Martel made an outstanding save and directed the puck into the left corner. Defenseman Chance Fitzgerald picked up the loose puck and was off to the races, deking around 2 Wakefield forwards, splitting the defenseman, and beating the goalie for a pretty breakaway goal. The Redmen kept pressure on the Wakefield goalie, and added to their lead when defenseman Jared LeGrand made a great defensive play at his own blue line, and sent a nice cross-ice pass to Aidan Silvia who sent a one-time pass to Justin Rooney breaking through center ice. Rooney blew past the Wakefield defense and beat the goalie with a top-shelf backhander for the 3-0 lead.
The 2nd period started with Wakefield getting pressure on the Redmen, but super-goalie Caulin Martel made sure that the Redmen kept the 3-0 lead as he made a handful of outstanding saves. The Redmen regained control of the game as Trevor Lindsey, moving from D to Wing as the Redmen were missing a couple of players on this day, made a great play on the forecheck to steal the puck. Trevor sent a nice pass to Julia Stanizzi who was in the perfect position at the right face-off circle, Julia wasted no time and fired a hard wrist shot that the Wakefield goalie saved but Kaylen Taddia buried the rebound for her 2nd goal of the game and a 4-0 lead. The Redmen once again got great play from their defensive unit of Chance Fitzgerald, Cam Whealan, Jade Owirka, and Jared LeGrand. The "D" crew has been outstanding all year and are a big reason for the Redmen's success this year. Wakefield was able to cut into the Redmen lead, scoring on a great effort by a Wakefield forward but the Redmen bounced right back, increasing the lead to 5-1. When Justin Rooney scored his 2nd goal of the game on a breakaway, assisted by Cam Whealan. The high-powered offensive line of Shayne MacDonald/Evan Zonderman/Jake McDonough scored on the next shift as Jake and Shayne worked a nice give-and-go in the neutral zone, Jake sent a beautiful pass to Evan on the right wing board, and Evan sent a wicked wrister past the Wakefield goalie for the 6-1 lead. Timmy Sweeney closed out the 2nd period with a great individual effort that resulted in a 7-1 lead for the Redmen. Timmy worked the puck around 2 Wakefield defenders, set up shop behind the Wakefield net, and sent a shot from behind the net that deflected off a Wakefield player's shin pad and into the back of the net.
The Redmen dominated the 3rd period, getting outstanding scoring chances from Julia Stanizzi, Trevor Lindsey, Jared LeGrand, and Jake McDonough. The Redmen closed out the scoring midway through the final period as Kaylen Taddia once again used her toughness and speed to knock a Wakefield defender off the puck. Kaylen controlled the loose puck, skated in off the left wing boards, and fired a wrist shot over the goalie's glove for her "Hat Trick" and the 8-2 lead. Wakefield did have some chances to score but a great backcheck effort by Jade Owirka and a diving play by Chance Fitzgerald kept Wakefield away from the Redmen net, preserving the 8-2 win.