Hollis Brookline Sports Talk
In Valley League Youth Hockey action, the Southern New Hampshire Cavaliers Pee Wee 1 Team remained on top in the AAA Division with a win and a tie. In their first game, the Cavs downed the Triton Pee Wee team 6-1. The Cavs jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Damien Barahona hit Max Sears with a nice pass, who then beat the Triton goalie to notch the goal. Cavs’ lines of Austin Csizek, Chris Haley and Isaac Rogers and Damien Barahona, TJ Vitullo and Max Sears did an excellent job cycling the puck, creating scoring opportunities for Haley and Vitullo, who each notched a goal, providing the Cavs a 3-0 lead at the end of one.
Vitullo and Haley each added another goal in the second to provide the Cavs a commanding 5-0 lead. The Cavs defense was exceptional, lead by strong performances by goalies Ben Goolsby and Nick Hall, while defensemen Joe Roth, Ruthvik Yenisetti, Nic Miller and Sean Kelly shutdown Triton as soon as they entered the zone. In the final period, the Cavs’ Joe Roth would add a nice one timer off a faceoff win by Vitullo to put the Cavs up 6-0.
In their second game, the Cavs faced a tough SMS Pee Wee team and skated to a 3-3 tie.
Despite excellent puck control in both the offensive and defensive zones the Cavs could not maintain a lead. Isaac Rogers scored in the first 30 seconds of the game to provide the Cavs a 1-0 lead, but SMS scored twice in the middle of the period to go up 2-1.
Rogers would get a nice unassisted goal towards the end of first period to even the score 2-2. The second period was a battle at each end of the ice. Cavs forwards Max Sears, TJ Vitullo and Damien Barahona and Isaac Rogers, Chris Haley and Joe Roth worked the puck well but could not generate many scoring chances. The Cavs defensemen Sean Kelly, Nic Miller and Ruthvik Yenisetti played well, limiting SMS chances, while goalies Nick Hall and Ben Goolsby both came up with some outstanding saves. Midway into the third period the Cavs jumped out to a 3-2 lead with beautiful shot by Max Sears, but the lead would be short lived as SMS would tie things up about a minute later to end the game in a 3-3 tie.
The Cavaliers Squirt Blue team found itself up against a top opponent in the VHL National Standings. The Charlestown Squirts put up two goals in the first and dominated the neutral zone throughout the period not allowing the Cavs to mount an attack and the first ended 2-0.
Down by two goals, the Cavs’ offensive line of Aidan Rowe, Will Dodge and Jack Conmy stormed the Charlestown defense. Dodge scored off a rebound, with assist going to both Rowe and Conmy.
Charlestown scored again in the second going back on top by two. The defense of Matthew MacBean, Ethan Gaffney, Ben Foley and Thomas Cahill kept the play out of their own end, ending the second 3-1. In the third, goaltender Nate Bizier made two huge saves on a 3-on-2 and a breakaway keeping the game within reach.
Andre Ducharme, Ryan Bizier and Ryan Kelley continued the aggressive play in the Charleston end. With just under five minutes left in the game, the Cavs found a rhythm and controlled the puck in Charlestown’s end. Bizier and Dodge kept the puck on the boards and worked it up. Matthew D’Ortona scored on a wrist shot from the blue line with assist going to Bizier and Dodge. The Cavs pulled the goalie for an extra forward, but Charlestown goalie made an outstanding save to seal the win 3-2.