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Midgets Earn Coveted Sweatshirts
BROCKTON MA: The fact that 16 young men would be swaddled in...
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Midgets Earn Coveted Sweatshirts

Midgets win the SSC- next stop States

BROCKTON MA: The fact that 16 young men would be swaddled in brand-new SSC sweatshirts was not in doubt. It was the embroidery on the sleeve of that sweet swag that mattered today at the 2018 South Shore Conference short-season midget championship game between Westwood and Weymouth. There's a yawning chasm between a "Champion" and a "Finalist". Older model smartphones will autocorrect "Finalist" to "Loser". Random people on the street ask reasonable but hurtful questions about Finalists. But when you're a Champion, the questions have already been answered.

Given the stakes at Asiaf Rink, the casual fan might expect the WYH Midget 1 team to storm the ice with a palpable determination and energy. The casual fan might have been underwhelmed. A chorus of pucks rang off the plexiglass. Passes were lackluster. Shots were firm but indiscriminate. Goalie Ben Goodrich's warm-up was, to be charitable, indifferent. To a man, they looked like finalists.

The coaching triumvirate (and law firm?) of Fallon, Olson and Fay must have fed the boys the right pre-game thoughts. The Westwood boys took control from the opening face-off. Center Conor Donohue and wingers Matt Hetnik and Shane Cronin buzzed the offensive zone with constant puck pressure, quick passes, and some early scoring opportunities. Thomas Olson, Declan Guarino and Brendan Hamilton kept up the pace with excellent puck movement and some patient cycles on both half-walls. Michael Jiang, Brian Forde and Colin Fay followed suit, and it was soon apparent that the Westwood 3rd line was faster than the Weymouth 2nd line.

Pressure from the Cronin/Hetnik/Donohue line was relentless. Midway through the first period, Donohue fed a tidy cross-ice pass to Hetnik in the far circle for a wicked one-timer, and the Weymouth tender was fortunate get a blocker on it. Meanwhile, Lonely Ben Goodrich was largely left to amuse himself while the proceedings unfolded at the far end of the ice. He did face one tester at the 7-minute mark after defensemen Brian Blomquist and Colin Lynch graciously allowed Weymouth a good scoring chance. It may have been intentional just to make sure Ben was awake.

Brian Forde threw Weymouth a bone late in the first period by taking a penalty that, because this writer didn't actually see it, can only be described as atrocious. And shocking. This afforded young Mr. Goodrich some welcome opportunities to touch the puck while Weymouth worked their power play. Ben didn't so much stop Weymouth's shots, he simply absorbed them. No rebounds, no second chances. His save selection was thoughtful, but his rebound control was sublime.

Westwood continued to create scoring chances in the second period. Hetnik kept feeding Cronin who kept feeding Donohue who kept feeding everybody. Shots were generally on target, with only Bones Blomquist unleashing a head-high bomb from the point, but the Weymouth goalie was strong like bull.

The Westwood forechecking swarm continued unabated. Jangler forced a turnover on the right wall and Colin Fay picked up the gift but couldn't settle the puck, squandering a chance that everyone knows in their bones that he would have finished. Olie fed Will 'Solty' Solomon, Mikey Amato and the rest of the D with a steady diet of tasty dishes at the point. Westwood finally broke through at 8:23 of the second period. The effervescent Brian Fallon shocked all in attendance with a heady, heavy rush up the right wing. B-Fal fed Conor in the right corner, who wheeled and found Heater alone in the high slot for a one-time snap shot, top left corner. The Hammy line nearly extended the lead a minute later when Guarino found Olie for another one-time rocket.

Shane scored Westwood's second goal after a steady stream of cycles and quick shots thoroughly demoralized the Weymouth squad. Number 44 expressed his dismay by slamming his expensive twig on the ice several times. revealing himself to be both an ineffective defender and a bit of an ass clown. Shane threw in a quick backhand goal a few minutes later to emphasize the point.

At this juncture Westwood seemed to relax a bit, which led to a couple of good Weymouth opportunities. Sponge Ben seemed happy to get some action. The boy was downright sticky! He left maybe one rebound, and I have to believe it was intentional.

The proceeding of the third period were perfunctory at best. The fans wondered aloud why stop-time continued. There were a couple of big hits ... Heater in the box for being bad ... Conor dangles both D and drives the net, Shane mops up the rebound for the hat-trick ... no way Ben leaves that rebound ... Hammy breakaway off a fabulous feed from Heat ... and then the buzzer.

And so the Midgets completed their inexorable run through the South Shore Conference with a tidy 4-0 victory. Both teams played hard, fast and clean. Both teams can be proud of they way they competed. But there's no question about who got the better sweatshirts.

by posted 11/11/2018
House League and Learn To Skate start soon


The 2018/2019 edition of both the House League and Learn To Skate programs are starting soon! 

House League practices at 7:40am each Saturday morning at Babson in Wellesley. Games are on Sunday at noon at Bajko Rink in Hyde Park.
Learn To Skate classes are at 8:40am each Saturday morning, also at Babson.

More information is available here, and you can register online at this handy link.


by posted 11/01/2018
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