P.A.T. met their toughest competitor of the season in a game highlighted by great passing and hustle. Michael Amari, assisted by Ryan Archibald, and Cody Allard, assisted by Matthew McCarthy, were able to power the puck through the Waltham goaltender, who was tested countless times.
P.A.T. saw the most action in their zone all season and rose to the occasion. With solid defense by Jarid Bergeron and Hunter Newsham, some glorious saves by Donnie Frederick, and outstanding efforts by Declan Delaney and Cameron Stairs, P.A.T. was able to keep the game close most of the way.
In a defensive battle, P.A.T. fought hard against Ash-West. The defensive effort was led by Kyle Templeton, Owen Marr and Michael Murphy. The game was scoreless until late in the second period when Ash-West took control with two goals. Kaitlin Babineau, Colin Massidda and Caleb Ackerman had several shots on goal as P.A.T. attempted to come back. Trevor Johnson made several nice saves in net for P.A.T. in the tough loss.
Cam Johnson had another strong showing between the pipes to pace an impressive win. T.J. Melanson had his first hat trick, with assists coming from Gregory Howell, Josh Miller and Stefan Travis. Garret Carmichael skated up in the third period and lit the lamp after a nice set-up from Kyle Klahre. Marc Frederick had his first goal of the season on a solo wrap-around to end P.A.T.’s scoring-fest.
P.A.T. was coming off a bye and was a big rusty in the first period, but they shook it off by the start of the second period. The outstanding forwards, consisting of Chris Babineau, Jaret Conner, McKayla Briggs, Kelty Delaney, Samantha Donohoe, Jarod Dussault, Rowan Halloran, David Hurley, Justin Kauppi, Joshua McLeman and Sean Mullen showed forechecking skills they worked on for two weeks.
The defensive corps of Kyle Joy, Sam Galeota, David Hurley and Jarod Dussault displayed heads-up hockey and passing skills. Joey Sheridan has been training hard at practice with his goalie skills and made a solid showing in his first goaltending game as a squirt. He blocked many Groton offensive chances in the second and third periods.
P.A.T.’s only goal came late in the first period when Sean Mullen scored, assisted by McLeman and Conner.
In a back-and-forth battle, P.A.T. outlaster Chelmsford. On the first shift of the game, Dylan Conner broke in along the right side and released a blistering shot that the Chelmsford goaltender never saw to provide a lead that P.A.T. would never relinquish.
Stingy defense, timely goaltending and goals from Jake McMaster and Ryan McCarthy were enough to seal the deal.
Players of the Week
Offense: Jake McMaster
Defense: Bailey Delaney
Hustle: Danny McNamara
P.A.T. and Ash-West squared off in an intense rivalry game. The game started out with the action at both ends of the ice with neither team gaining an advantage. Midway through the first period, Zachary LeBlanc broke the ice and putting P.A.T. on top.
A short time later, defenseman Paul Walter sent the puck from the blue line to Drew McLeman on the door-step and his tip-in made it 2-0. A little later, Sandro Secino eyed Joey Tierney in the slot and made the pass, setting up a text book one-timer for a 3-0 lead.
Ash-West scored early in the second period to slice into the lead, but Zachary Tervo and Dan Casson teamed up for a goal. Tierney followed suit with another goal on the power play to make it 5-1 after two periods.
There was no let up in the third period as P.A.T. continued to pull away. Tierney set up Brian Hewitt for a one-timer to make it 6-1. Paul Walter, working with Casson Drew McLeman, brought the puck into the offensive zone and worked the puck into the net. Late in the final period, Nick Barry wrapped up the scoring with a goal.