October 19 2020 - NCDC Boston Jr. Bruins (6) vs Islanders Hockey Club (1)
The Boston Jr. Bruins hosted the Islanders hockey club in a Monday matinee. This game was originally scheduled to be played in New Hampshire, but was shifted to Massachusetts based on the evolving nature of COVID-19 regulations in each state. The Jr. Bruins were ready to play from the outset. Forward Frankie Ireland ’01 firing a Grade A one-time shot that was stopped by goaltender Jake Perrin ’00. This was the beginning of a long night for the IHC netminder who was challenged with a significant amount of quality opportunities against. The Jr. Bruins first line pair of Ireland, Garozzo ’00, and Union Commit Colin Graf ’02 dominated the play throughout with IHC unable to find a way to stop their offensive attack. Perrin also stopped a Grade A chance from Ryan Roseborough ‘00 approximately five minutes into the game. IHC had several quality odd-man rush shots that were denied by TJ Semptimphelter ’02. The Jr. Bruins eventually capitalized on a powerplay near the end of the first period to take the lead. The Jr. Bruins played the puck around from Ryan Prewitt ’02 to Dom Garozzo ’00 to Frankie Ireland ’01, who passed it to Cameron Lund ‘04 in front of the net. Lund quickly deposited the puck into the back of the net.
The Jr. Bruins continued to control the run of play for most of the second period. Perron made several saves to keep it a one score game, stopped defenseman Jude Brower ‘01 on a Grade A chance from a puck moved from behind the net to Brower pinching down from the point. Eventually, the Jr. Bruins extended the lead when Garozzo picked up the puck in his own zone, battling his way through and around two IHC players to create a 2 on 1 rush chance. Garozzo moved in with speed and fired a low far-side shot off of Perrin’s pad which a hard-charging Ireland fired into the net. With the two goal advantage, the Jr. Bruins continued to control most of the possession. After a bad interference penalty by Mike Krupinski, the Jr. Bruins added the insurance goal on the subsequent powerplay. Prewitt settled the puck behind his own net and moved it out hitting Garozzo with speed. Garozzo beat one defender and drove the net firing a shot that Perrin shot. Garozzo followed his chance, scooped up the rebound, and put it in the net.
The Jr. Bruins quickly extended the lead in the third. Approximately thirty seconds in, Graf picked up the puck off a faceoff win and fed it to Ireland whose one-timer was blocked by the defenseman. Unfortunately for IHC, the puck bounced right back to Ireland who did not miss this time, firing the puck over Perrin’s glove shoulder. The jr. Bruins added a fifth goal when Wil Gilson ‘01 blocked a shot in his own zone. Rookie Chris Delaney ‘04 picked up the biscuit and fired a stretch pass to Ireland. Ireland, who already had two goals in the contest, moved in all alone on Perrin, but slowed down for Delaney and moved the puck across to Delaney for the tap in goal. About a minute later, Foster White ‘01 scored his first of the season with assists from Alex Coady ‘00 and Matt Cormier ‘01. IHC broke Semptimphelter’s shutout on the powerplay with less than five minutes to go in the contest on Matt Myers’ ’02 goal with assists credit to Kyle Lightfoot ’00 and Teddy Griffin ‘01. This was an impressive victory for the Jr. Bruins who appear poised to contend for the North Division title.
Frankie Ireland – ‘01 Forward – Boston Jr. Bruins
Heavy shot that he can fire rapidly. Displays ability to find open space to be shooting option in the offensive zone, mostly floating around as a third man high. Has the ability to feed teammates with good East-West vision in the offensive zone. Needs a linemate to be able to feed him the puck to generate shots. Can grind in the corners and along the walls.
Dom Garozzo – ‘00 Forward – Boston Jr. Bruins
Quick, playmaking winger who drives play on his line. Creative mind who anticipates the play extremely well. Demonstrates the ability to transition the puck up ice alone. Frequently chips pucks around defenders to create odd-man rush chances. Strong, low, heavy shot that routinely creates juicy rebounds. Good vision with ability to find open teammates. Nose to the net. Uses behind the net often off the rush.
TJ Semptimphelter – ‘02 Goaltender – Boston Jr. Bruins
Large netminder with quick reflexes and rapid recovery. Moves out fairly aggressively to cut down shooting lanes. Fast glove hand. Demonstrates ability to quickly push to square to the shooter and is able to move pucks away from danger areas. Limits rebounds and second hand chances.
Johan Rosenquist – ‘02 Forward - Islanders Hockey Club
Big center who plays a 200 foot game. Thinks the game well and is always in the right position. Solid net front presence with good hands in tight. Needs to improve first few steps when moving out of a stationary position and get shots off quick when in prime shooting areas.
Ryan Prewitt – ‘02 Defenseman - Boston Jr. Bruins
Two-way defenseman who is valuable in all situations. Long backwards strides that allow him to neutralize the rush and maintain tight gaps. Reads the play well to intercept opponents’ passes. Keeps head up well handling the puck which allows him to make quality outlet passes both North-South and East-West. Powerplay quarterback who distributes pucks well allowing him to pile up assists.