The 2002 Elites had an excellent Thanksgiving Weekend. The Knights
went 2-1 in the parity round outscoring their opponents 8-2. The
Knights then defeated a fiesty Junior Bruins squad 3-2 in the
Semi-finals. The Knights were unable to dethrone the host Springfield
Falcons in the Finals. After falling to the Falcons 1-0 in the parity
round they were unable to defeat the quick Falcons.
played great hockey all weekend. It started with goaltending as Shea
Sullivan played some of his best hockey of the season. The D-men also
had another strong weekend for the Knights. The D pairings of Anthony
Caterina and Ben Kmito, Jimmy Clancy and Owen Lapworth played solid and
quickly got the puck up to the forwards all weekend.
Up front the
Knights were paced by Kevin Barrera who tallied 7 goals on the weekend.
Kevin used his speed and great shot to help lead the Knights to the
finals. The other forwards also had strong performances including:
Austin Hirschberger, Mike Doucette, Thomas Fruci, Max MacDonald, Johhny
Bracco, and Calvin Cooper.
The Knights look to use this momentum as they move towards the second half of the season.
The 02's scored with .8 seconds left in the 3rd period to salvage a 3-3 tie against the Pro Ambitions Eites on Saturday.
The Knights fell behind early 1-0 in the 1st period as they had a hard time finding their legs. They eventually picked up their intensity and carried the play for most of the 2nd period but still found themselves down 2-0 late into the 2nd period.
Kevin Barerra cut the lead in half, lighting the lamp on an excellent feed from Cam Collins finishing off a 2 on 1 late in the 2nd. The knights entered the 3rd period down 2-1
They fell behind 3-1 after a puck found its way through traffic and off the post to make it 3-1. With under 2 minutes to play the Knights really put on the pressure and got it to within 1 after Ryan Juffre's excellent effort. Juffre flew down the wall around a defender and lifted a backhand over the goalies shoulder to make it 3-2 with a minute and a half left.
The Knights had the fortune of going on a power-play to end the game and also had the ability to pull the goalie giving them 6 skaters to try for the equalizer. After numerous close calls the Knights were finally able to notch the equalizer with just .8 seconds left as Cam Collins was able to rifle a puck past the goalie for the dramatic tie.
The 2002's had another great weekend going 2-0. They beat a much improved and spunky Avalanche team on Saturday 3-1.
The Knights did not play their most technical game of the year. They did however, recieve timely goaltending from Shea Sullivan. The defense continues to improve and held the Avalanche forwards out of harms way for most of the game. On Sunday the Knights beat a very good Vipers team 8-0. Shea Sullivan again played well and earned his 1st shutout of the season. This was probably the best game that the young Knights have played so far this year. The puck movement was crisp and allowed for numerous excellent scoring opportunities, which the Knighst were able to capitalize on. Ryan Juffre continues to use his speed to burn defenders setting up his various linemates. Max MacDonald keeps lighting the lamp. Michael Doucette and Nick Horsfall continue to play very important defensive hockey for the Knights.
The 2002's had a spectacular weekend. They beat the Boston Advantage on Saturday 6-2. Kevin Barrera had 5 points (3G, 2A). The 02's followed that up with a 9-1 victory over the Avalanche on Sunday. Cam Collins had a great game with 5 points (3G, 2A). The team has really stepped up its play and has won three in a row. Great Job Guys!