Broomball administrator, Ray O’Hara, reports on Waterville Valley Broomball League action.
CJ’s PENALTY BOX BEAT THE CRUSHERS TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED!
By Ray O’Hara
On Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, The Crushers took the ice at Waterville Valley Ice Arena for the opening game of the evening facing a “must win” if they were to have any chance of overtaking 1st Place CJ’s Penalty Box. The Crushers were looking to avenge a 2-1 loss to CJ’s earlier in the season. In this game, CJ’s powerhouse offense and league-leading defense was too much for The Crushers. The first 10 minutes of the opening period featured aggressive offensive play by both teams and equally effective goal tending by CJ’s Dana Gagnon and the Crushers Leah Bridgham. With under six minutes left in the period CJ’s Nick Dullea broke through for the all important first goal. The Crusher’s attempt to force play on offense gave CJ’s the opening for a fast break the other way with Christian Herzog scoring CJ’s second goal with one minute left in the 1st period.
The Crusher’s team captain, Casey Surette, scored early in the 2nd period giving life to The Crushers…down just one goal. The next goal would be key as the teams battled throughout the remainder of period. The Crushers defense kept CJ’s off the board entering the final period down 2-1.
The Crushers defense, along with excellent offensive pressure, kept the CJ’s offense in check with a valiant effort. The game-breaker came with just under nine minutes to play with CJ’s team captain, Leo Marien scoring from inside the left face-off circle giving his team a two goal lead. CJ’s focused on team defense for the remainder of the game as they stifled all Crushers’ scoring attempts. The Crushers pulled their goalie with under two minutes to play…Leo Marien scored an empty net goal with one second left on the clock. Final: CJ’s 4 The Crushers 1. This was a crowd-pleaser!
The secondgame of the night was a rematch between the win-less Campton Mountain Yetis against the Waterville Valley Rocks (2-3). The Rocks, fighting the loss of a key offensive player, had just six goals to their credit in their first five games. Only the exceptional defensive play of Harry Shamberger and goalie Kevin O’Brien has kept the Rocks competitive. The 0-5 Yetis entered the game with just two goals to their credit this season – while giving up 20 goals. In this game, the Yetis played exceptional defense, holding the Rocks to one goal late in the first period. Rocks co-captain, Ray Hoyt, scored with just 40 seconds remaining. Both team’s offense failed to produce as team defenses held firm. Final: Rocks 1 Yetis 0.
In the final game of the night it was apparent that XXX has returned to top form with an offense that overwhelmed Mad River Tavern. League leading scorer, Jeff Meier, opened the scoring with a goal at 10:45 followed by his secondgoal of the night at the 8:18 mark. Mad River Tavern veteran, Jeff Furlone, narrowed the score at 2-1 with 5 minutes remaining in the first period.
It was all XXX in the 2nd period with goals at 9:40 by Jenna McCormack, 6:40 by Travis Sherburne, and Jordan Daignault at 1:12. With a 5-1 lead XXX was content to play a defensive game throughout the 3rd period. Mad River Tavern’s Kevin Greenier scored with 8:12 remaining in the game. Final: XXX 5 – Mad River Tavern 2. The victory moved XXX into a 2nd place tie with the Crushers at 4–2.
The Waterville Valley Ice Arena is host to the Broomball League. Play will resume on Thursday, January 24th with a 3-game slate:
6:30pm Waterville Valley Rocks versus Mad River Tavern
7:30pm XXX versus The Crushers (a battle for 2nd Place)
8:30pm CJ’s Penalty Box versus The Campton Mountain Yetis
Admission is free and open to the public. The Waterville Valley Coed Broomball League is sponsored by AMOSKEAG BEVERAGES of Concord, NH.