After a very long, hard fought season, the Taunton Brewins took the Playoff Championship for the SSC Mite B2 Division. The kids finished the regular season 12-2-1, going undefeated in Full ice games, earning them a #2 seed in the playoffs.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Brewins faced off against a tough SC Panthers team. The regular season saw the Brewins beat the Panthers to a final score of 5 to 4. The playoff game would be just as tough, but with great play from the Brewins defense and goalie I. Duarte, the Brewins would skate to a 5-2 win. Duarte had one of her best games of the season, blocking nearly every initial shot, letting the defense, (F. Smith, P. Mofford, J. Lunetta, and A. Pettinato) clear the puck out of the crease limiting second shots. The offense stepped up and did enough to get 5 shots by the Panthers goalie.
The win got the kids into the Championship game to face off against the Regular season, undefeated, Canton White team. Canton had beaten the Brewins two times before, and have not tasted defeat all season. This game would be different. Two way hockey and 100 percent given on every shift would lead the Brewins players to a 5 to 2 victory. This game had all skaters playing the best 2 way hockey of the season. During every shift, every player gave it their all. Play by center B. Carrera and winger J. Skolnick helped assist in a hat trick by the team's captain, J. Vallarelli. The Brewins second line, W. Dray, W. Kennedy, and J. Cashman, all skated hard and kept shots down with their amazing backchecking and continued puck possesion.
From the very beginning of the season, the kids from Brewins Mite B2 gave 100 percent effort. Their hard work in practice and their dedication to the sport of hockey paid off. They went from a team of individuals who had no identity, to SSC's Mite B2 Champions. It was an honor being able to coach the young men and women of this team. I want to thank them all for giving me the opportunity to celebrate on the ice after the Championship Game win. It is a moment in time in which I will never forget. I hope that I can leave even a bit of an impact on them, like they left on me. This team's chemistry will be the bar to meet for all teams in which I coach in the future. I want to thank my assistant coaches John Lunetta and Joe Duarte for all the help they gave me this season. I could never have done it without you guys. I also want to thank all the parents of the Brewins Mite B2's. Thank you all for getting the kids to practice and putting in the long hours. A special shout out to the Bad A&& Hockey Moms, for keeping it real, and for keeping us Dads on our toes.
Wins South Shore Conference Championship in the 4th OT
By Tim Kenneally
A season of lasting memories ended with perhaps the best memory of all. On Sunday, April 09, 2017, the Squirts took home the Championship hardware after another white knuckle victory. The Brewins defeated an impressive Seahawks team 2-1 in the 7th period.
The Brewins set the tone in the first with an aggressive forecheck. Their pressure allowed Jack Corey of the “Merlot line” to open the scoring with assists from Jack Balutis and Jackson Morse. The two teams battled evenly and exchanged multiple chances through the remainder of the opening period. Goalie, Julian Horton, with help from his stellar defensive core of Aden Ashley, Ryan Abreau, Connor McNaughton and Sullivan Kenneally, denied all of the Seahawks’ efforts.
The Brewins carried the play in the second period, but could not find the back of the net. Nolan Gemmeti, Matt Barbosa and Landon Pearson gave their usual steady and reliable effort throughout the game, but especially in the second. With perhaps their best back-checking effort of the season, the “White line” limited the Seahawks chances, they battled for loose pucks and showed the capacity crowd the results of a season of hard work.
Much to their credit, the Seahawks team came to play. They battled hard as well. Their effort paid off in the second. They forced a turnover, threw the puck at the Brewins net, got a fortunate bounce off a deflection, and the puck found the back of the net. Tie score.
The Brewins could have faltered, but as they had done all season, the boys found a way to right the ship. The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th periods are frankly a blur. The two teams raced up and down the ice trading chances. Both teams had great opportunities with pucks on the doorstep. Both goalies, however, stood tall, denying everything thrown at them.
Going into the 7th period, I was concerned because the boys looked exhausted. There seemed to be very little left in the tank. I was wrong. The “Black line” sprang over the boards undeterred and created a memory that none of us will ever forget. Brendan Vokey moved the puck up the ice to Ryan Vincent, who gained the opponent’s blue line. When the opposing defenseman upended Vincent, the puck squirted free to Matt Kennedy. Kennedy then made a brilliant cut to his left around a Seahawks defenseman, raced toward the net and wristed a shot into the top left corner for the VICTORY!
Truly an unbelievable game and a tremendous season. After an inconsistent preseason, the Squirt A team went 23-0-1; they won their division, they won two tournaments and they won their Championship. A great team, but best of all a great group of boys and parents. Thanks to all of you!
The Brewins Peewee A Re team returns from Lake Placid on 3/12/17 as Can/Am Challenge Cup Gold Medal Winners!
The team played well in all areas but it was Chase Balutis that was a huge difference maker. Chase posted an incredible 4 wins with 3 shutouts in 5 games, with only 3 goals allowed.
Although the team was sorely missing winger Evan Pereira, who could not attend. The team got strong performances from every player, whether it was Alex Hanna's great face-off wins at center or Michael Jope's excellent two-way play. The boys worked really hard. The hard work really paid off as the Brewins played a smothering style of forechecking, with relentless attacking by wingers Michael Loftus, Dalton Ghelfi, Colin Gabriel, and Dillon Parker.
Center Andrew Patrick led the team with a breakout performance as a man on a mission. A.P. led all scorers but it was his unselfish play that helped lift his teammates. The Brewins had goals from many players and had a well balanced attack. The Brewins got multi-point games from Patrick, Gabriel, Ghelfi, Parker, and Ross.
The Brewins defense answered the call whenever needed. A strong showing by tandems, Ethan Ross and Matthew LaBollita, as well as, Ben Fuller and Josh Clifford, were too much for the competition. Clifford played a physical style of defense, leading the team in penalty minutes. Fuller and Ross both contributed on the score sheet as well as playing strong defense. LaBollita continued his strong defensive play while triggering some offense from the point.
The team got big goals when they needed it and Balutis shut down numerous scoring chances to help secure the Gold. The coaches and the parents are so proud of how our players played with class and teamwork. They represented the Brewins Organization well and have a lifetime of memories from the experience.
The Squirt B team won the Deep Freeze tournament on January 29, 2017 in Waterville Valley New Hampshire. They went 4-0 with two shutouts. They closed it out with a great all around effort in the championship game against a Hanover team that wouldn't quit by a score of 6-4. The boys have really come together as a team and it showed again this weekend.
The Squirt A team took home the Championship hardware on January 29, 2017 at Jay Peak in Vermont. The team went 4-0 during the Green Mountain Hockey tournament, scoring 22 goals and surrendering only 2, including a convincing 7-0 victory in the final over a gritty Blackburn Stingers team from Ottawa. Jackson Morse, Julian Horton, Sully Kenneally and Brendan Vokey were named game MVPs, but the Tournament MVP went to the entire squad. Significant contributions were turned in by each and every player. The players and their parents all enjoyed a great weekend of hockey, skiing and water park fun.
Brewins Squirt B - District 4 U10 Tier 3 Champions
Brewins Squirt B team celebrating Champioinsip game win
The Brewins Squirt B team captured the District 4 Tier 3 title by defeating a tough Hingham Squirt A by the score of 1-0. It took almost all of the overtime to decide the contest. Goalie Sam Bastis was the player of the game with an incredible shutout highlighted by a glove save that even earned applause from the Hingham bench. The defense combos of Sylvia & Albert and Fitzpatrick & Kirkpatrick played shutdown defense and didn’t allow Hingham with many quality chances. The Brewins three forward lines all played excellent games also. The line of Fitzsimmons, Bastis and Robertson had their best game of the season with many quality scoring chances but were held at bay by a solid Hingham netminder. The line of Bridges, Lauper and Martineau were all over the ice with another solid game and good scoring chances also. The big line with Deloughrey, McGrath and led by captain Mussari dominated the play out there and Mussari came up with the game winner with 29 seconds left on the clock in overtime by scoring on his own rebound. It was a great team effort and the coaches couldn’t be prouder. Off to the state tourney in March!
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!