Elwell leads Wave to Cup, 5-3
Indians Hockey #2, Tim McMahon, and GHS ,s #13, Duclos attempt to control the puck during Saturday evenings game at Collins/Moylan arena.
Indians Hockey #12, Jordan Cutting , moves the puck through GHS defense with GHS #13, Duclos at right during Saturday evenings game at the Collins/Moylan arena.
Indians Hockey #22, Brandon Lenois goes after GHSs #4 as the puck is moved down the ice toward the visitors goal during Saturday evenings game at the Collins/Moylan arena.
GREENFIELD — Turners Falls High School knocked off rival Greenfield High School during the semifinals of last weekend’s four-team Rabbit Graves Memorial Hockey Tournament.
Well, the Green Wave got its revenge Saturday night, and Jake Elwell had a big hand in the win.
A junior, Elwell netted three goals for a hat trick to lead Greenfield to a 5-3 Upton Cup championship win at Collins-Moylan Arena.
The Green Wave (3-4-0) never trailed, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and holding the lead for the remainder of the game, although the Indians (4-4-1) hung around, never allowing the Green Wave to lead by more than two goals.
Although neither team was able to get on the board early, the Green Wave did come out like it was on a mission. What mission? To atone for last Friday night’s 7-4 loss to the Indians. Greenfield came out flying, and it resulted in numerous chances versus Turners Falls goalie Will Miller. Greenfield defender Mike Duclos had one of the best chances early when he picked up the puck in his own zone, skated behind his net and went coast-to-coast before letting fly a snap shot that Miller took in the chest. Later, with about six minutes left in the period, Wave forward Jourdan York-Welcome got the puck behind the Indian net and laid a beautiful backhand pass to the slot, where a wide open Josh Brandl was parked. But again Miller was up to the task, making the save to keep it scoreless.
Greenfield finally broke through with 3 minutes, 43 seconds left in the first, a goal that opened the floodgates, as three more goals were scored before the horn sounded to end the period. Elwell got things started on an innocent looking play on which he skated over the blue line with the puck and let go a wrist shot that beat Miller between the legs. Dillon Dodge made it 2-0 with 2:08 remaining when he got wide open in front of the net and took a nice feed from Kyle Smith that he snapped over Miller’s glove hand.
The two-goal lead lasted less than a minute, as Duclos picked up an elbowing penalty and put the Indians on the power play with 1:22 left in the period. It took just 11 seconds for the delegated “home” team to cash in when Trevor Peduzzi took a pass from Cody Booska down low and tucked the puck in past Greenfield goalie Noah Foster-Marquis for the Indians’ first goal.
The cheers from the Indian faithful quickly vanished when the Green Wave struck for a final goal before the end of the period. Following a faceoff win the by the Green Wave to the left of Miller’s net, York-Welcome got off a shot from the right side that Miller stopped with his pad but was unable to kick out the rebound. When the puck landed just outside the goal crease, Elwell was there to clean up the garbage and tuck it into the net for a 3-1 lead.
“Jake’s goal was huge,” Greenfield assistant coach Todd Boynton said. “It stopped our backslide and really showed our boys that we can score when we need to.”
After that period-ending goal flurry, those in attendance may have expected more of the same in the second but, instead, both goalies came up with some big saves and, again, no goals were scored until the second half of the second period.
Elwell had a chance for his hat trick goal just 1:30 into the second when he broke in on Miller shorthanded, but the Indian goalie was up to the challenge. A shortly while later, Indian defenseman Christian Sawicki let a bomb fly from the point that Foster-Marquis managed to snare.
The Green Wave had the best chance to increase the lead with 10 minutes left in the period when Brandon Lenois and Jordan Cutting were both in the box for the Indians, giving the Wave a two-man advantage.
Miller kept the net empty behind him and the Indians gained some momentum from the penalty kill, and shortly after the team got back to full strength, it struck for a goal to cut the deficit to one. Peduzzi made the play when he forechecked Wave defender Cam Woodward and came away with the puck, leading to a 2-on-1 down low. Peduzzi walked toward the net and slid the puck toward Foster-Marquis that Booska pushed home.
The Indians went into the locker room still trailing 3-2 and once again the Green Wave came up with a timely goal two minutes into the third period when Elwell struck for his third of the game to give the Wave a two-goal cushion.
The Indians answered one minute later when Peduzzi tallied his second of the game, but from there, Foster-Marquis made a couple of big saves, including a bell-ringer to stop on Booska with seven minutes remaining. York-Welcome added an empty-netter to ice the Wave win.