The Jr. Redmen Squirt AAA Hockey team kicked off their 2013-2014 season with a dominating 7-1 win over Dedham at O’Brien Rink in Woburn.
The Jr. Redmen came out flying, determined to show they have the ability to skate with some of the top Squirt teams in the state. Brady Chapman got the Jr. Redmen on the board just 28 seconds into the game when he fired a wicked wrister over the Dedham goalies blocker for the early 1-0 lead. Dedham battled right back but they were unable to crack the rock solid defense of Sean Murphy and Jack Griffin. Alex Pescatore used his speed to increase the Jr. Redmen lead to 2-0 with 6:32 left in the 1st period, assist to Jason Cooke and Sean Murphy. The Jr. Redmen closed out the 1st period with a 3-0 lead when Jake McDonough fired the puck past the sliding Dedham goalie, assists to Billy Doherty and Brady Chapman.
The 2nd period started much like the 1st did as the Jr. Redmen scored just 16 seconds into the period when Billy Doherty notched his 2nd assist of the game on a great goal-mouth pass to Conor Cremin who wasted no time, sending a one-timer into the back of the net for the 4-0 lead. Jake McDonough scored his 2nd goal of the game with 8:44 left in the 2nd period to increase the lead to 5-0, assists to Justin Rooney and Andrew Della Piana. Dedham started to put pressure on the Jr. Redmen but great goaltending from Ben O’Keefe and back-to-back great defensive plays from Andrew Grieco kept Dedham off the scoreboard. The Jr. Redmen increased their lead to 6-0 with just over 2 minutes left in the 2nd period when Jason Cooke, Andrew Della Piana, and Timmy Sweeney worked the cycle to perfection, resulting in a Jason Cooke bomb flying past the goalie.
Dedham came out strong in the 3rd period, looking to get back in the game but Ben O’Keefe made two early saves to keep the 6-0 lead for the Jr. Redmen. With 7:20 left in the game the Jr. Redmen increased their lead to 7-0 when Timmy Sweeney took a nice cross-ice pass from Andrew Della Piana and beat the Dedham goalie with a nice wrist shot. The Jr. Redmen closed out the game by playing great team defense, keeping the big and speedy Dedham forwards away from the Jr. Redmen net. Dedham was finally able to get on the scoreboard with 3:20 left in the game when a loose puck bounced off a shin-pad and found its way into the back of the net. The Jr. Redmen closed out the game with sustained offensive zone pressure, nearly scoring their 8th goal of the game when great passing from Alex Pescatore, Justin Rooney, and Brady Chapman led to back-to-back shots hitting the post. The Jr. Redmen left the rink happy with a season-opening 7-1 win.