Brewins Squirt A is the 2016 Champion of the Goblet Tournament
The Brewins Squirt A team is the 2016 Champion of the Goblet Tournament. The Team went 5-1 in the Foxboro tournament, defeating a tough Hooligans team in the finals 4-3 in overtime.
The Brewins began their quest for the title with a 6-3 win over a gritty Natick squad. The team started slow, falling behind 1-0 before netting 5 second period goals from Matt Kennedy, Jack Corey, Nolan Gemmiti, Brendan Vokey and Jackson Morse. Assisting on the goals were Ryan Abreau, Landon Pearson and Ryan Vincent. Natick added two second period goals to cut the lead to 5-3, but in the 3rd Gemmiti added his second of the contest on a nice pass from Morse to close out the victory. Great goaltending from Julian (the Rock) Horton kept the Brewins in the contest early until they found their skating legs.
The Squirts ran up against a crafty and talented Hooligans team in their second game. The Hooligans surprised the Brewins with their speed, skill and flashy red/white and blue/white/yellow uniforms. The Brewins fought hard, but fell 6-2. Aiden (what’s your name again) Ashley netted one of the team’s goals on passes from Morse and Sullivan Kenneally. Another blueliner, Connor (don’t call me McNamara) McNaughton blasted home a goal on a sweet feed from Pearson. The tough loss was an eye-opener and learning experience for the club.
Seeking redemption, the Brewins stormed into their third game against the Medfield Squirt A team. Just 27 seconds into the contest, McNaughton hit Kenneally with a terrific pass, and Kenneally raced into the Medfield defensive zone and beat the goalie for a 1-0 lead. Fifteen seconds later, Morse slid a beautiful pass across the front of the crease to a streaking Pearson, who beat the goalie stick-side high for a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Kenneally extend the lead to 3-0 after assists from Vokey and Gemmiti. Jack Balutis then closed out the scoring after assists from Kennedy and Corey. The Squirts seemed energized by the return of Matt Barboza, who, despite a trying week of laying in the hot Florida sunshine, returned to the club and led a tremendous forechecking exhibition by the Brewins. Horton posted the shutout making several highlight saves when Medfield was threatening.
In round one of the playoffs, the Brewins had a rematch with Medfield. Showing pride and determination, the Medfield team came out flying. The Brewins found themselves pinned in their end for half of the first period. Horton made a bundle of saves, with strong defensive help from Ashley, Abreau and McNaughton, to keep Medfield off the board. The Brewins found their game late in the first. After receiving a pass from Vokey, Vincent made a strong move to get the puck to Morse who slammed it home for the game’s first score. Two and a half minutes later, Pearson knock home a rebound off a shot from Corey, and the Brewins had a 2-0 lead. Medfield refuse to fade and clawed its way back to even with 2 goals in the second period. But Pearson banged home a rebound of a shot by Kenneally and the Squirts had the lead for good. Morse stretched the lead to two goals late in the 3rd period on assists from Corey and Kenneally. Then, Abreau scored an empty net goal from something like 450 feet to seal the victory. Barbosa, Balutis, Kennedy and Gemmiti all turned in superior efforts on the forecheck in the 3rd period to shut down Medfield’s attack. Ashley, who was a beast all weekend, gave tremendous effort from his defensive position throughout this game.
In the Championship, the Brewins got what they hoped for – a rematch with the highly-favored Hooligans. The Brewins came screaming out of the locker room with an aggressive style that seemed to catch the big dog napping. The Brewins struck first when Vokey put home a beautiful goal. Morse found Vokey perfectly positioned inside a sea of red in front of the opposing goalie. Morse then extended the lead to 2-0 on a powerplay, after Kennedy found Balutis below the crease and Balutis slid a gorgeous pass across the front of the net to a wide-open Morse. Much to the surprise of the Hooligans faithful, the gutty Brewins extended their lead to 3-0 in the 2nd period. Barboza made a heady play dumping the puck behind the defense in the Hooligans zone, Vincent eventually gathered the puck and found Gemmiti in his office at the post, and Gemmiti buried it. The crowd went wild.
The Hooligans however proved to be an elite unit. They gathered themselves and stormed back with 3 straight goals to tie the score and stun the Brewins faithful. Through it all, Horton was solid, robbing the rabid opponent of multiple game winners. McNaughton, Abreau, Ashley, Kennedy and Vincent were stalwarts in the defensive zone, repelling multiple attacks, including a 5-3 powerplay, to keep the contest tied through regulation. This contest would take overtime to decide it…
The two teams battled evenly through the first two minutes of the extra frame. Then Kenneally gathered a loose puck inside the offensive blue line and fired a quick wrister toward the net. With a crowd of Brewins swarming the front of the net, the goalie never saw the puck, and Kenneally’s shot found the twine in the top left corner. The Brewins players and coaches stormed the ice in celebration.
A great weekend filled with moments and memories that will stay with us for a lifetime. Great job guys and thank you!
Bantam A Herman: Wins Challenge Cup in Lake Placid
Congratulations to the Bantam A Herman Team for their Victory at the Challenge Cup in Lake Placid!
"The weekend started out at the beautiful Lake Placid NY Olympic center with opening ceremonies where they lit the Olympic Torch. On Friday morning we opened up against the New Caanan Wildcats from Connecticut and the team got out to a quick start scoring 3 first period goals. They went on to win the first game 6-3 and it helped set a tone for the weekend. Later in the day we ...played our second game against Clifton Park Eagles out of New York. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two periods and hung on to win 3-2. The kids seemed a little tired in the 3rd period but they continued to fight hard. On Saturday they played against the Greenwich Skating Club and they took an early lead against us. By the start of the 3rd period we were down 3-0 but still fought hard to claw our way back into the game making it 3-2 by the middle of the third. Greenwich was able to get a late goal then added an empty netter to beat us 5-2. On Saturday afternoon we played against the SWS Chiefs out of Fall River and it was a must win game if we wanted to guarantee our way into the Gold Medal game. The kids responded well with a 5-0 shutout win. This set up a rematch with Greenwich. The game started out very physical and Greenwich took a 1-0 lead in the first on a puck that took a bad deflection off the glass only to end up right in front of our net on the other teams stick. The boys fought hard and carried the play for long stretches of the game but were having a hard time getting the puck in the net. Finally with just under 4 minutes left in the game they tied it at 1 and that set up the most exciting overtime I have ever witnessed. 1st OT was 4 on 4, the 2nd went to 3 on 3, the third to 2 on 2 where we hit a cross bar and a post. Finally when the 4th OT started it was one on one. We won the face off and then there was a race to the net. A hard cut to the net and puck lifted about 6 inches above the goalies pad went into the net sending our bench on to the ice with sticks and gloves flying. The Gold was theirs and I could not be more proud of the team."
BREWINS RECOGNIZED BY MASSACHUSETTS HOCKEY AS TOP PROGRAM IN THE
Massachusetts Hockey recently conducted their 22nd Annual Awards Banquet and Brewins Youth Hockey was presented with the award as THE TOP YOUTH HOCKEY PROGRAM IN THE STATE! This is the first time in Brewins history that we have been honored with this prestigious award.
We would like to thank all the Brewin families for earning this award and making our program the very best in all of Massachusetts. Our teams are competitive, we draw the very best players and families from 20+ surrounding towns and we have a growing program dedicated to teaching players the game of hockey. Thanks to all of you for making Brewins Youth Hockey the best program in the state!