Sunday, November 4th, 2012
@ Amelia Park Ice Arena
Pee-Wee A Jr. Bombers vs. Pioneer Valley
The Jr. Bombers Pee Wee A squad once again jumped on their opponents early and kept applying pressure throughout in gaining a 5-0 shutout victory over Pioneer Valley. The Jr. Bombers used strong fore-checking and tenacious defense to minimize any pressure Pioneer Valley could sustain. Nik Chepurin and Quin Powers provided multiple scoring chances early in the game with outstanding effort and positional play. Matt Pelletier, Connor Koziol (assist), Wyatt Jensen, and Ryan Roskey (assist) were stellar on defense in front of goalie Matt Brady who registered his first shutout of the season. Joe Czarnecki scored the first 2 goals and also added an assist. Justin Oski and Alex Beauchemin each had a goal and an assist. Katie Neilsen rounded out the scoring. Spencer Cloutier, Nik Chepurin, and Scott Bussell also chipped in assists.
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
@ Amelia Park Ice Arena
Pee-Wee A Jr. Bombers vs. Amherst
The Jr. Bomber PeeWee A crew came out fast and strong in their season opening 7am game against Amherst, taking it to their opponents with an 8-1 victory Saturday morning. Katie Neilsen opened up the scoring 33 seconds into the game converting a one-timer from the slot on a nice feed from the corner by Spencer Cloutier. From there, the Jr. Bombers stifled Amherst with a suffocating fore-checking attack. Connor Koziol increased the lead to 2-0 with a spectacular end to end rush with 2:15 remaining in the period. Amherst’s Nick Delaney answered to narrow the lead to one goal with less than a minute remaining.
The tenacious fore-checking continued to take its’ toll on Amherst’s defense in the 2nd period as Scott Bussell and Alex Beauchemin scored 13 seconds apart. Beauchemin followed up with another goal with 57 seconds remaining converting a rebound after a tremendous rush by Joe Czarnecki (3 assists). The period included a goaltending clinic put on by Matt Brady as he stopped 3 point blank shots from the slot flashing a quick glove to keep the puck out of the net.
The 3rd period started a bit slower with play going back and forth. A terrific breakaway save by Brady seemed to energize the Jr. Bombers. Neilsen scored her second of the game on a feed from Cloutier, and Bussell registered his 2nd less than a minute later with a great individual effort. Beauchemin completed his hat trick with 1.7 seconds remaining. Shot on goal were 34-14.
Saturday, October 27 vs. Franklin County, @ Fitzpatrick Arena, Holyoke
Dan Antonellis made a good early scoring try but Franklin County got on the board first. Westfield’s Peter Chrisanthopoulos tied it up with a backhand, step one of an eventual hat trick. After a Franklin County wraparound made it 2-1, John Pitoniak was penalized for a blatant hit on FC’s biggest player. However, when Pitoniak emerged from the box of shame he received a quick pass at center ice then took the puck to the net and scored with a wrister, achieving revenge worthy of ABC’s show of that name. In the second period Antonellis plugged in a rebound to make it 3-2, followed by Devin Baker with a sharp wrister, making it 4-2. Goalie Ryan Bacon made some key stops to keep Westfield ahead, though a long fluke goal eluded him, making it 4-3. At that point the floodgates began to open for Westfield. Austin Wolfe scored and made some notable defensive plays, Jack Labbe gave FC headaches in the neutral zone, Colin Scanlon, who scored, and Dan Buckelew both showed why they are major threats for Westfield, and Tyler Bennett and Charlie Bonatakis both showed by Westfield’s defense is stronger than a cast-iron hockey stick. Final score, Westfield 9, FC 4.
Sunday, October. 28, vs. Holy Name,
@ Amelia Park
Dan Buckelew made an early goal off a steal on the right side to make it 1-0. Ryan Bacon made a nice save. However, a long shot snuck past him to make it 1-1. Westfield regained the lead on a rebound after a brilliant deke by Colin Scanlon. In the second period, Johnny Pitoniak went top shelf to score, and Nate Gendron had a goal just seconds later, too, to make it 4-1. In the third period Holy Name fed an open man in the slot, who plunked it in for 4-2. Westfield was perhaps getting a bit too comfortable, like a hockey fan kicking back in his Barcalounger after the NHL lockout ends. Charlie Bonatakis took the puck around the back of the net and tried to force it in, then Devin Baker knocked in the rebound, 5-2. Rebounds were a pasture of plenty for the Junior Bombers this day—Buckelew jammed one in after a shot by Branden Waitt. Nate Gendron then took a sharp pass from Scanlon for the final goal, making it 7-2 final.
Sunday, November 4, vs. WTM,
This was a slaughter one is unlikely to see repeated unless one takes a trip to the vast stockyards just outside Lincoln, Nebraska, where cattle from across the vast plains meet their maker. Nate Gendron got things started (he would score later as well), assisted by Labbe. Brandon Waitt took a pass from Dan Buckelew to make it 2-0; Waitt scored later as well. Peter Chrisanthopoulos, who collects hat tricks like Lady Gaga collects hats, notched one in this game. Also scoring were Buckelew, Devin Baker (twice), Austin Wolfe, and Charlie Bonatakis. Dan Antonellis made a nice assist on Buckelew’s goal, and John Pitoniak racked up four assists. Colin Scanlon and Tyler Bennett were a big reason why WTM just couldn’t get things flowing. Goalie Ryan Bacon saw so few shots, he would have been justified in asking the ref for an iPad mini to help kill some time with at the quiet end of the ice. Final score, Westfield 13, WTM 0.