Friday, April 8, 2005
CCYH Bantams eliminate Shrewsbury in overtime thriller
The CC Bantam team moved on in the Northstar League playoffs by beating Shrewsbury 2-1 in overtime last Sunday night. After returning from the March Meltdown Tournament held in Laconia N.H., the team played its fourth game in three days. In New Hampshire CC went 1-1-1 by beating Reading 7-2, tying New England Stars 2-2 and losing to Groton who plays in the top tier of the Dual State League.
"Hold your heads high, that was a very talented group of kids to play against," expressed coaches Mahoney, Cadigan and Fabrizio.
CC then traveled to Westboro Sunday night, where Pat Cadigan's overtime goal (his second goal of the game) led to CC's win. Chris Schelzi kept possession inside the blue line and fired a shot on net where Will Burgess and Bryan McCauley scrambled for the rebound and managed to poke the puck free to Pat Cadigan on the right post where he lifted the puck over a sprawled-out Shrewsbury goaltender. Shrewsbury carried play through the first half of the game with intense pressure. Jon Nessa kept CC even at 0-0 through two periods with outstanding goaltending. The momentum shifted after Brett Mahoney's shot from the blue line rang off the crossbar over the shoulder of the Shrewsbury goaltender. From that point on, CC dominated possession and carried the play until the last minute of the third period, when Ian Powers of Shrewsbury scored with 25 seconds left. He picked up a loose puck at the CC blue line and walked in alone for the tying goal.
CC managed to regroup after the third period and entered overtime with intense forechecking pressure and scored in the first minute of sudden death. "We had a well balanced attack from everyone on the team through the tournament and this playoff game. The kids have really come together and are enjoying themselves," said Coach Mahoney. "It's always fun to still be playing hockey in April." CC had outstanding efforts at the playoffs and at the tournament from all the players including John Asadoorian, Richie Basque, Madi Bilodeau, Nick DiGiovanni, Ben Donelan, Nate Saideh, Erich Trieschman, Chad Edwards, Mike Fabrizio and Neil Sullivan.
CC had previously beaten Mid State to advance and now will play Franklin for a semi-final game.
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