By Ray O’Hara
In the opening game of the night on Thursday, XXX overwhelmed the last place Campton Mountain Yetis 6–1. XXX player Jordan Daigneault opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game and Josh Keyes scored with .42 seconds on the clock to give XXX a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Women’s league-leading goal scorer, Jenna McCormack, gave XXX a 3-0 lead with a goal at the 12:13 mark of the 2nd period. The Yetis mounted a strong defensive effort for the balance of the period and throughout virtually all of the third period until the Yetis’s Eric Hiltz spoiled the shutout scoring a goal with under two minutes to play. At that point, the Yetis went on the offensive, pulling their goalie, in an effort to narrow the score, but they were no match for XXX as Billy Drake added a fourth goal with 1:19 on the clock. During the last minute XXX Jenna McCormack and Josh Keyes added two more goals for a 6–1 XXX victory. The win secured a playoff position for XXX.
GAME TWO of the night pitted league-leading undefeated CJ’s Penalty Box against the fourth place Waterville Valley Rolling Rocks. CJ’s came into the game with the league’s best offense and defense (31 goals scored while giving up just 5 goals). The Rocks have suffered on offense throughout the season with just 11 goals while giving up just 9 goals – 2nd best in the league – all star goalie Kevin O’Brien has been exceptional in net for the Rocks.
There has been a spirited rivalry between these two teams for years. This game would prove that the rivalry is alive and well! In their first meeting of the season CJ’s got away with a 2-1 win. In this game, the Waterville Valley Rolling Rocks applied a defensive game plan with limited attempts at scoring — the objective, to achieve a tie and force sudden death overtime. For the 1st period and almost all of the 2nd period, the strategy worked as the Rocks continually thwarted CJ’s scoring attempts. The Rocks were plagued throughout the season, giving up goals late in periods and the trend continued as CJ’s Kyle Weeden scored on a hard shot through a screen to put CJ’s on the board 1-0.
The teams battled throughout the 3rd period. The Rocks tried and failed to mount an offense as CJ’s put up a strong defensive effort to preserve the 1–0 victory. If the standings remain the same, CJ’s will face the Rocks in the semi-final playoffs, and it should be more of the same for these two great rivals.
The last game of the night featured the 2nd place Crushers (5-2) against 5th place Mad River Tavern (MRT) with a record of 1–6. The Crushers looked forward to an easy win having beaten MRT in week 4 by a score of 3-1. Tonight, however, MRT took a page out of the Rolling Rock’s strategy in the previous game by putting up a stubborn defense against a Crusher’s offense that was averaging 2.71 GPG versus MRT with a GPG average of 1.28. The game was just two minutes old when The Crushers’s Lans Ford slapped a shot past MRT goalie, Mike Bombara, to give an immediate 1-0 Crushers lead.
As it turned out, that would stand up for the rest of the game as MRT played their hearts out holding the line on defense and great goal tending while trying to score.
Crushers goalie Leah Bridgham was up to the task as she held on for her 4th shutout of the year. The Crushers clinched a playoff spot with the win.
The Waterville Valley Ice Arena is the venue for the Waterville Valley Coed Broomball League. Games are played on Thursday nights.
Schedule for Thursday, February 14:
6:30pm The Crushers vs Campton Mountain Yetis
7:30pm Mad River Tavern vs CJ’s Penalty Box
8:30pm One of the League’s big rivalries: XXX vs Waterville Valley Rocks
The Waterville Valley Coed Broomball League is sponsored by AMOSKEAG BEVERAGES of Concord, NH.