Malden/East Boston 5, North Reading 5
Merrimack College, Andover, MA
The Squirts continued to work out the kinks in their armor in two games over the weekend. North Reading scored first blood early but Corey Rufo barreled down ice and forced one into the net to tie the game 1-1. Ryan Gray capitalized on a rebound from John Bernbaum’s blistering shot to end the 1st up 2-1. Anthony Bocchino showed his literal flexibility in net, making some great pad saves.
In the 2nd, it was a back and forth affair with Tristan Goroshko taking over the net minding duties with his fast glove. Shamus Royds scored while cheating up from the defensive zone with two minutes left in the 2nd. Seconds later Stevie Arsenault crashed the net to score on a Brendan Curtis face off win. North Reading took one back as the period was ending.
The 3rd period saw the return to form of pixie Bethan Taddeo, who seemed to be everywhere the puck was and harassed North Reading forwards throughout the game. N. Reading put the game in reach, scoring less than a minute into the period. Royds and Ronan Valarese played strong defense along with Sam Fosdick and the always reliable Jake Laverde. N. Reading scored again halfway through the 3rd on a breakaway to tie up the game. Curtis found his own rebound and backhanded one in a minute later. Equipment is an important part of a hockey game and M.E.B. learned it the hard way as a penalty for not wearing a mouth guard found M.E.B. on the defensive short a man. N. Reading capitalized and that’s how it ended, tied 5-5.
Malden/East Boston 3, Lynnfield/Saugus 8
Connery Arena, Lynn MA
It was a foggy morning outside but inside the rink things were clear, the M.E.B. Peewee’s were facing their toughest opponent of the season in the Lynnfield/Saugus Stars. Ryan Gray got the Mustangs on the board early while Tristan Goroshko had a strong period in net. M.E.B. was helped up front by the wheels of Nick LaConte but with a minute remaining in the first the Stars potted two quick goals to end the 1st.
John Bernbaum, with three Stars chasing him, caught up to a loose puck and snapped one in to tie it all at 2.
Stars came right back with a quick wrister that deflected off ofGoroshko’s shoulder to take the lead. Kevin Ivany came took over in net and the Stars scored twice more in the period to go up 5-2.
The Stars style of play was physical and began to wear on the nerves of the M.E.B. squad who played most of the 3rd period serving a penalty for retaliation for one hit after another. The Stars scored 3 more while the Mustangs tried to penalty kill. Bernbaum found the netting one more time and M.E.B. skates away from the ice on the wrong side of an 8-3 game.
BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 7, Charlestown 0
Allied Veterans Rink, Everett MA
In Bantam AAA action, the M.E.B. squad took on Charlestown who were looking for their first win on the season and completely took control of the ice, putting M.E.B. in survival mode for the entire first period. Great goaltending by Anthony Giuliano kept the Mustangs in this one, buying them time to shake the funk.
In the 2nd, Anthony Cecca stepped up 2 minutes into the second picking up a nice rebound and sending it to the back of the net. Slowly the M.E.B. boys began to take control, leading to a sweet Ryan Noonan clinic, dancing through the opponents, throwing on the brakes, shooting and sniping putting M.E.B.up 2-0. With a minute left in the period, Nick Miller sent a beautiful dish giving Louis Stafferi on a breakaway, juking the goalie and finishing with the tally.
With total control now in MEB's hands, the third period showed much of the same with Staffieri finishing a rebound off a nice blueline play by Marty Taylor to catch a clearing high fly and sending the shot on net. A minute later Staffieri sent a Doug Flutie like aerial pass through the neutral zone to Jonah Carlson for his first of the game. A minute later, Cecca tipping home a Carlson shot added yet another. With 5 minutes remaining, James Pandolfo stuffed home a Carlson rebound sending the scoresheet to the locker room with a 7-0 final score.
Malden/East Boston 1, Burlington 1
Ice Palace, Burlington MA
The Bantam AAA's were sent a challenge by the Valley Hockey League, asking them to face one of their Elite teams.So on Sunday night, the boys took on their second game of the day to face the Burlington Bantam Elite. Both teams sported undefeated records and M.E.B. was motivated to prove themselves. The opening period saw a fantastic display of back and forth hockey with both teams playing a controlled physical game until a nasty hit from behind send M.E.B. defenseman Noah Carlson to the locker room.
Showing signs of fatigue in the 2nd period, a loose puck in front of the net and an uncovered foe parked out front sent the Burlington squad ahead 1-0.No wanting to walk away from this one, M.E.B. dug deep and tapped some hidden energy as they battled to slowly push Burlington back on their heels. James Pandolfo banged home a rebound off a Louis Staffieri shot evening up the. Despite dominating the final minutes of the game, M.E.B. was unable to score the go-ahead goal. Zach Rich thwarted Burlington’s last minute scoring threat and broke up a big play preserving the 1-1 tie.A stellar effort by the entire team and Anthony Giuliano provided the support between the pipes to keep M.E.B. in the game from start to finish.
BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston4, Wellesley 1
Simoni Ice Rink, Cambridge MA
The Malden/East Boston Bantam AA team defeated the Wellesley Bantam team by a score of 4-1. Jared Downey got M.E.B. on the board with an unassisted goal at 2:25 of the first period. Paul Gennetti scored M.E.B.'s second goal at 11:10 of the first period, assisted by Ryan Tosto and Ryan Goggin, to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
MEB increased its lead to 3-0 at the midway point of the second period. Carson Tully scored off a beautiful pass from Anthony Nastari. Marty Taylor also had an assist on the goal. Wellesley got on the board with a power play goal with less than two minutes remaining in the second period.
MEB's Ryan Tosto added an empty-net goal with 45 seconds remaining in the game to close out the scoring. Thomas Guarino, with a strong glove performance in goal, got the win for M.E.B. in a great team effort.
MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston2, Everett/Revere1
Connery Arena, Lynn MA
The Midgets showed great chemistry and despite killing a two-man penalty were able to come out of the first period with a 1-0 lead.This was a result of some great defensive decision making by Dante Cucuzza which was followed by Paul O'Callaghan putting the puck in the back of the net. Despite starting the 2nd peiodon a powerplay and a great breakaway from Danny Valente, M.E.B. couldn’t get past the Everett goalie and the score was still 1-0 at the end of 2 periods. In the 3rd the intensity picked up on both sides of the puck. Nick Bertocchi put one in the net on yet another powerplay for M.E.B.Less than a minute laterEverett/Revere was able to get one passed M.E.B.’s focused goalie Calvin Taddeo, after making 2 unbelievable saves. Ev/Rev made a desperate attempt to tie up the game by pulling their goalie in the last few minutes of the game but were unsuccessful, leaving the M.E.B. Midgets with a well-deserved win 2-1.
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