Shamrock's forward Jason Schwartz (Clemmons, NC) had a goal and an assist on the weekend.
Last weekend the Shamrocks traveled to Hudson, NH to compete in the New England Prospects Showcase. The team had a challenging road ahead with four games against tough opponents. The Shamrocks took on the New Hampshire Avalanche Prep team. Recently named Assistant Captain, Connor Androlewicz, got the start in net and saw his fair share of action in the first frame. The game was tied 0—0 heading into the second period. The Avalanche got on the board early in the second to take a 1-0 lead. The Shamrocks found some late momentum in the second half of the game having their opportunities including a breakaway that the Avalanche goalie denied. The Shamrocks pulled their goalie with just over a minute to play. However the Avalanche took quick advantage scoring the ENG to make the final score 2-0. Connor Androlewicz stopped 43 of 44 shots for his season high in saves.
The Shamrocks had to brace for a quick turn around as they were back on the ice at 9:30 AM against the Westchester Express. The Express got on the board first scoring on a 3 on 2 rush. The Shamrocks would answer back however when Wyatt Delise, recently named team Captain, took the puck coast to coast from behind his own net scoring on the glove side of the Westchester net minder. The score would be notched 1-1. The Express would not sit back for long however as they applied heavy o-zone pressure scoring four unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead into the second period. The Express would score three more while the Shamrocks were held off the score sheet for the rest of the morning. Final score 8—1.
The Shamrocks had a chance for redemption as they faced off against the Hitmen from Rhode Island. The puck dropped exactly 12 hours later than the first game, starting at 9:30 PM. The Hitmen got off to an early lead as a miss read in the D-zone lead to a wide open Hitmen player in the slot. Despite falling behind early, the Shamrocks took control of the game setting the tone physically and generating speed. Benedic Jobin scored his first on the night assisted by Raphael Litwin, who was also recently named Assistant Captain. The Hitmen would answer right back with an even strength goal making the score 2-1 heading into the second period. The Shamrocks came out in the second in a fury scoring two goals to take a 3-2 lead. Jason Schwartz (Clemmons, NC) scored the first on a redirect off a face off play in which Jackson Puzzo would win the daw to Jobin who took a quick shot which found Schwartz’s stick in front. Jobin would find the back of the net again at 12:41 in the second on a pass from Delise.
The Shamrocks would put the Hitmen on the man advantage late in the second which allowed them to tie the game at 3—3 with only a few minutes left to play. With 25 seconds remaining in the game the Shamrocks took a time out. Wyatt Delise sent Jackson Puzzo in on a semi-breakaway chance off of a D-Zone draw, that almost ended up in the back of the net. The hitmen would then take a time out with 9 second left, allowing the Shamrocks to set up what would be the game winning face-off. Jackson Puzzo won the draw back directly to Wyatt Delise. As the clock ticked down, Delise took a hard low shot which found Benny Jobin’s stick in the slot, redirecting the puck passed the Hitmen goalie. The Shamrocks would take a 4-3 lead with 5.7 seconds left. That would be enough as the Shamrocks took the 4—3 win.
On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the Shamrocks faced off against the East Coast Wizards. Androlewicz got the start again. The Wizards jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. The Shamrocks, possibly jet-lagged after the previous night’s affairs, did not find their legs until the second half of the game. With a 3—0 lead in the second period, the Wizards slowly allowed the Shamrocks to creep back within range. Delise would score his second on the weekend after rushing the puck deep into the offensive zone. The goal would be assisted by Jack Meteyer (Washington, D.C.) making the score 3—1. Despite running into penalty trouble again, an issue we have seen far to often thus far this season, the Shamrocks had an opportunity at the end of the game to tie it. Raphael Litwin hammered home a backdoor pass from Jason Schwartz off an offensive zone draw with the goalie pulled, score 3-2. After pulling the goalie immediately after the ensuing center ice face off, the Shamrocks failed to convert falling just short again. Final score 3—2.
The Shamrocks continue to grow and mature. Despite playing in 10 games, the team enters just it’s fourth weekend of the season. The team faces off this Sunday against the Yale Bulldogs at Wesleyan University. The boys will face-off against Yale twice on Sunday with a tour of the prestigious NESCAC university in between. Stay tuned for the weekend’s results. Follow all the action on twitter @Shamrockshcky, and visit the Shamrocks team store to purchase all your Boston Shamrocks Hockey Academy apparel. Team Store: https://shamrocksacademy2016.itemorder.com
Weekend Stats (G—A—Pts)
Benedic Jobin 3—1—4
Wyatt Delise 2—1—3
Jackson Puzzo 0—2—2
Jason Schwartz 1—1—2
Raphael Litwin 1—0—1
Jack Meteyer 0—1—1