Indians clinch another tourney berth, 8-0
Turners Falls High School made it two straight postseason appearances Thursday night as it locked up a berth in the upcoming WMass Division IIIA Tournament with an 8-0 independent hockey victory over Belchertown High School at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
Cody Booska scored four times in the win and now has 20 goals on the season. Tim Atkins notched two goals and two assists, and Trevor Peduzzi scored his team-leading 23rd goal and also tallied four assists, giving him 18 helpers. Brandon Lenois added his sixth goal of the season to go along with a pair of assists, Jordan Cutting tallied a pair of helpers, and Christian Sawicki, Cullen Wozniak and Zach Demars each collected an assist. Will Miller, who started the season as a goalie but recently moved out as a skater due to injuries and players failing off the team, also tallied his first assist of the season and received praise from his coach.
“Will has been a manager with this team since he was in fourth or fifth grade,” Turners coach Kevin Brennan said. “We lost some kids and Will said ‘What do I have to do to help the team. I’m willing to skate out.’ That was big. It allowed us to move Brandon Lenois up to forward.”
Filling in for Miller in goal is Brandon Bryant, who stopped 17 shots to record the shutout. Kyle Mikulski stopped 19 shots in the loss.
The Indians close out the regular season tonight at 7 p.m. at Amelia Park in Westfield against St. Mary High School.
Agawam 4, Greenfield 1 — Noah Foster-Marquis had a strong game in net Thursday night but he got little in the way of offensive support and Greenfield High School dropped a 4-1 Fay Division hockey decision to Agawam High School at the Olympia Arena in West Springfield.
Agawam (14-3-2) had already clinched the Fay Division and will likely be the favorite in the upcoming WMass Division IIIA Tournament. Greenfield (10-10-0), had already clinched a spot in the postseason and will now look to Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Dante Club in West Springfield when the seeds are announced.
Seamus Curran spotted the Brownies to a 1-0 lead in the first period with a goal on an assist from Billy Wysocki. Agawam added to the lead with a pair of goals in the second period. Corey Jenks tallied the first goal of the frame on an assist from Alex Abilantis, before Anthiny Cichetti buried a shot for a 3-0 lead on assists from Justin Lecuyer and Jenks.
While the Brownies put up the three goals in the first two frames, Foster-Marquis did his best to keep the score close. After making 15 saves in the first 15 minutes, the Greenfield netminder turned aside 21 shots in the second period.
“It could have been 10-0,” Greenfield coach Mike Duclos said. “Noah was great tonight.”
Agawam only put four shots on goal in the third as many of the top players remained on the bench, but Zach Circosta made it 4-0 when he scored from James Newsome and Corey Pfau.
Dillon Dodge potted the Green Wave’s lone goal of the game late.
Foster-Marquis finished with 39 saves on the night, while Anthony Ascioti stopped 13 shots in the Agawam goal.