16s Weekend Recap 11.12-11.14
The weekend started off right with the U16 facing off with an 8AM battle vs the NAHL rival’s affiliate the Northeast Generals Academy. A slow start yielded a 1-0 lead for the Gens where the shots favored the Nords. The second period the Nords scored a season period high of seven goals. The power play caught fire again and would forecast a successful weekend on the man advantage. Jason Bahnik registered five points, including a hat trick, alone in the second period where his second would be the game winning goal. Trace day would cap off his hat trick in the third period with assists from Bahnik who also had two assists for five total points with Warshaw who had four assists in the contest. Cooke Evans would finish the game with three assists and a goal. Supporting the scoring was Nick Blanchette who added his first of the year and Brody Hernandez who has been in a different position every other game. Tomlinson, Moll, Trevino, Day, Suvorov, and Hernandez all added one assist a piece. Jabe Breitzke got into the win column with 11 saves.
On Saturday the slow start vs the #5 ranked Mount Saint Charles would prove to be the game as the Nords faced a 4-1 deficit heading into the Second. 2006 net minding star Vlad Bryzgalov was chased late in the first not getting a ton of help from his teammates. Jason Bahnik would stay boiling hot where he did tie the game earlier in the first with assists from Nick Blanchette, and Bookie Warshaw. The score would remain tied through the second where Jabe Breitzke who came on in relief was perfect in the frame. Mount finally broke through on Breitzie in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Ben Lees would get one on the power play which jolted the energy for the remainder of the weekend. The assists would come from Bradley and Charron. Mount would leak one in late to make it 6-2, but that would not be the final score. With a few seconds left Lees would bang home his second in just minutes ending the game 6-3 vs the #5 nationally ranked team from Rhode Island.
Sunday was an excellent game. Mount came out HOT; seven unanswered shots and they were up 1-0 just seconds in. The Nords defense, and Breitzke, would hold on with everything they had to end the first period with a dominant shift and maybe the first successful shift the Nordiques had to start the game. The Nords took the energy into the second period where Trace Day would find his team leading 15th Goal of the year to tie things up. Owen Trevino would have an assist on the goal. Mount answered right back. Ryan Bradley then tied it back up with yet another Nords power play goal. The defenseman scored the goal with an amazing last chance effort turning around and shooting from point blank at the tail end of a scrum in front. The goal was assisted by Tyler Kenney and Trace Day.
“If he didn’t touch that puck, Mount might of had a 20 on 1”- Joe Laskero.
Maine was rolling from there on missing several opportunities to take the lead. A high emotion game yielded Owen Trevino who played hard all weekend to be the victim of an emotional take over and was baited into a penalty where Mount would take the lead. Down 3-2 heading into the third the boys were determined. A tic-tac-toe blast from Ryan Bradley who shelved one from the point tied it up 32 seconds into the third. The scoring line was one we see often on the power play as the 3 high guys of Bradley and Day would create the lane for Bradley. 3-3 and next thing you know it was 4-4. Maine tied it up again. The fourth time in just 40 minutes. Trace Day with a beauty one timer from the CORNER on yes, the Power Play. The marker would be the final marker for the good guys all weekend with Warshaw and Charron adding the assists. The Nords would fall on a very large and mental mistake giving up a goal on a Mount power play with under five minutes remaining. Jabe Breitzke made a ton of saves, 34 to be exact. Mount scored three goals on the power play three being in the last eighteen minutes.
“Very good feeling, but it hits you the next day. WE COULD OF WON. Our top statistical players played their butts off. It was a shame to see your scorers score, top defenders defend, the Goalie, well play very well in goal. Everyone played their role to a tee and unfortunately the players who have taken unnecessary penalties before… took those penalties again that cost us the game. It was good to see a little turmoil in the room after the game, because I hope those players learn their mistakes truly cost us from the frustration and heartbreak. They saw in their teammates who left it on the ice. At the next level those mistakes will put you in the stands with a suit and tie; in some cases those mistakes buy you your plane ticket home. We would love to keep this train rolling and jump into a much higher level of team development.”-Nick Skerlick
18s Recap 11.12-11.13
The 18’s had two games this weekend. The rematch of the U18 New England District Championship of 2021. The 27th ranked Nordiques did not disappoint the competitive spirits the Mounties are known for. The Nords lost the first slate 4-3 after falling behind early 2-0. The Nords would tie the game halfway through the second. Alexey Yarmulnik would fire a wicked back hander bar down off a Mount turn over directly in front of their net on a “D to D” pass. Jackson Truchan would force the turn over with his stuck and relentless forecheck. The boys rallied on after that goal and poured it on. Zach Sedlacek picked up his 12th of the season off a rebound that kicked way out in the slot where he wrapped it around traffic to slip in the 25 foot shot into a quickly closing empty net. Roudakov and Waivada earned assists where Waivada dug it out from the corner to the point and Roudakov being the shooter. AGAIN. We poured it on. Mount of course did what all superb teams do. bury when they have the chance. Jacob Como who was lights out all weekend got a little cute on the blue line when Mount stole it and zipped one across and then rifled it in on a short handed.
“Jacob did not quit and that’s a great sign for his development. We have seen this before and it could get ugly after the mistake.”- Nick Skerlick
The third started out all Mount. Five straight defensive zone face off losses would add the insurance marker for the Mounties with ten minutes remaining. A blast from the point redirected off a sacrificing Anthony Marra Block attempt. Maine would close the gap with a nifty wrap around from 2004 forward, Kowin Belisterling, who got his tenth of the season. Fronduto and Wineman would claim helpers on the goal deriving from a shot off the cross bar from Fronduto that ricocheted into the glass directly behind the net; Belsterling showing no quit was quick to grab it and sweep it around into the goal. Maine would not get a great attempt and took the one goal loss and learned A LOT of lessons from the effort. 2005, USA National team candidate, Thomas Kiesewetter earned his 26 saves on 30 shots. He was great.
“The team could blame individual mental preparation as being the reason for the “ALMOSTS”. Need to have a clear mind and focus to be ELITE at this game. Everyday is a new day.”
Sunday was a war. Ewan McDevitt was very good in the cage. Jack Spicer his counter part was also very good. Maine outshot the Mount 28-27 but a 1-1 stalemate concluded the weekend. Ryan Panico would strike first with a nifty move in front of the net sliding it around Spicer on his backhand. Truchan and Miller got on the sheet from the goal. Mount tied it up with 7:35 left in the third from a shot directly in the slot that squeaked through McDevitt’s fivehole after getting through a bunch of skates. Maine took a beating shortly after that until a timeout with 5:49 remaining. From there, how Maine did not score sending pucks across the crease, off posts, and even behind the goalie…. Numerous chances all the way until the final second, BUT both teams would end in a tie.
“That was fun. Oh That was A LOT of fun. I love playing Matt Plante teams. He’s intense and his teams are a product of that intensity. That was the best team we saw all season and for us to keep both games within one and have an opportunity to win both. Maybe that will be what we need to show ourselves we are a top 15 team truthfully. The shots combined in both games where 57-55. We are there. We expect a top 25 rank for the first time this season on Wednesday and we would love to make a push for the top 20 by the new year if possible.”- Nick Skerlick