By Ramon O’Hara, League Administrator
Waterville Valley Broomball – Crushers Stun XXX in Overtime Thriller!
The Crushers’ Ford Lans scored the game winning goal in overtime to sweep the season series against a resurgent XXX team in an exciting crowd pleaser, 4-3.
XXX took the lead midway through the first period on a score by Jordan Daigneault. In the first two minutes of the 2nd period, Katie Dodge put the Crushers on the board with a shot past XXX goalie J.P. Vaillancourt. Just over a minute later Crushers’ team captain, Casey Surrette scored on a slap shot to put the Crushers ahead 2-1. The respective team defenses held sway for the balance of period.
The 3rd period proved to be one of the most well-played, exciting displays of offense and defense this season. XXX’s Billy Drake scored at 12:41 tying the game at 2-2. The battle was on in earnest as both teams fought for the tiebreaker. With just over three minutes remaining, the Crushers’ Bruce Mackay lifted a shot by the XXX goaltender for a 3-2 lead, but this game was far from over! Team captain Zack McCormack rallied his offense in an all-out effort that paid off as Steve Patch scored just 20 seconds later to tie the game with 2:55 time remaining. The game went into the sudden death overtime period that reflected the up-tempo, give-and-take battle waged during the first three periods. Ford Lans scored out of a scramble in front of the net to hand XXX a very tough 4-3 loss. The win secured 2nd place and a playoff spot for the first time in their seven years of play in the Waterville Valley Broomball League. Final: Crushers 4, XXX 3.
CJ’s Penalty Box maintained their undefeated season by easily beating the last place Campton Mountain Yetis 5-0. CJ’s Nick Dullea opened the scoring with a hard shot at 12:27 in the 1st period. Dullea added his second goal of the game at the 6:00 minute mark to put his team up 2-0. Two minutes later Blair Weeden made it 3-0. With the league’s leading goalie, Dana Gagnon, the eventual outcome of this game was never in doubt. It became the “Weeden Brothers show” for the balance of the game as Kyle Weeden scored with 5 seconds left in the 2nd period and Ryan Weeden scored CJ’s 5th goal at 10:05 in the 3rd period. It was another shutout for CJ’s Dana Gagnon and the seventh defeat for the winless Yetis. Final: 5-0.
The opening game of the night featured the 4th place Waterville Valley Rocks (3-3) versus 5th place Mad River Tavern (1-6). The Rocks came into the game with just 6 goals scored this season while their excellent defense and goal tending by Kevin O’Brien were instrumental in managing to win three games. In their three losses, they endured a 1-0 loss to the 2nd place Crushers, and pushed undefeated CJ’s to the limit losing 2-1. Tonight, the Hoyt brothers, team captain, Tom, and co-captain, Ray, gave their team four unanswered goals. Tom Hoyt, playing offense for the first time in years, scored late in the first period giving the Rocks the lead with 3:32 remaining. At 10:45 in the 2nd period Ray Hoyt made it 2-1 Rocks. Ray Hoyt put the Rocks up 3-0 on a blind back-handed pass from brother Tom, with 6:15 remaining. Tom Hoyt finished off the 2nd period with his second goal at 4:03. There was no doubt of the eventual outcome as Mad River Tavern managed just one goal. Steve Lanciani spoiled O’Brien’s shutout bid at the 10:05 mark in the 3rd period, but, the game was well out of reach. Final 4-1 Rocks.
The Waterville Valley Ice Arena is the venue for the Waterville Valley Broomball League. Games are played on Thursdays at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30pm.
AMOSKEAG BEVERAGES of Concord sponsors the Waterville Valley Coed Broomball League.