O’s hold off hard-charging Saints

AMHERST – Belchertown scored two goals in the first minute of the game, and then held off St. Mary’s furious third period rally to defeat the Saints in a high school hockey season opener late Friday night at the Mullins Center Practice Center.
Ben Margarian scored on a putback 22 seconds into the game, and Christian Assimus scored again for the Orioles 26 seconds later to get Belchertown off to the fast start.
“We had to really calm down as a team right there” St. Mary head coach Don Goodreau said. “We collectively took a deep breath, and got back to playing some good hockey.”
St. Mary’s managed to chip away at the lead. Senior Matt King scored on a feed from Shaun Gezotis halfway through the first period. Belchertown added a third goal when Assimus scored again from the point, midway through the 2nd period, to reestablish a two-goal advantage.

Longmeadow High School girls' ice hockey player Madison Pelletier (of Westfield) drives the offensive zone. (Submitted Photo)

Longmeadow High School girls’ ice hockey player Madison Pelletier (of Westfield) drives the offensive zone. (Submitted Photo)

From that point on, St. Mary’s found its stride.
Sophomore Quinn Powers ultimately found the back of the net for St. Mary with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period. King and eighth grader Reid Hannan assisted on the play.
St. Mary’s had numerous scoring opportunities over the last few minutes, but Belchertown goalie Kyle Greene stood tall and rebuffed every advance. Greene finished with 25 saves. Matt Brady stopped 29 for the Saints.
“I really liked the heart the team showed,” Goodreau said after the game. “After getting down 2-0 in the first minute, we really could have quit. But we didn’t, we really showed something, and we can play.”
St. Mary returns to action Wednesday night, hosting Greenfield in their home opener at Amelia Park at 8 p.m.

Brownies rally past Bombers
Agawam 3, Westfield 2

Agawam rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Westfield in a season opener Saturday. Three different players – Brett Fila, Dom Ingham, and Preston Kozub – each scored for the Brownies.
Connor McAnanama stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn the victory in net for Agawam.
Evan Gienzel and Mario Metallo scored one goal apiece for Westfield. Bombers’ goalie Cameron Parent finished with 21 saves.

Pelletier, Levere boost Lancers
Longmeadow 3, Winthrop 0

Madison Pelletier scored two goals and goalie Lexi Levere made 13 saves to propel Longmeadow to a season-opening shutout. Pelletier and Levere are both from Westfield, participating as part of a joint co-operative agreement between the two schools.
Bailey Tymeson and Mackenzie Pelletier earned assists.

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